Find out about the Molesworth roar block system for 2023.


 Roar dates: Wednesday 8 March to Monday 10 April 2023.

Molesworth roar applications for 2023

We will be running a booking system for 2023. All valid applications will be processed on a first-come first-served basis.

Applications open on Monday 17 October 2022 at 9:30 am. The option to 'apply online' will be available on this page on the day applications open. 

All applicants will receive email confirmation whether successful or unsuccessful.

What you need to know

  • Only one hunting party can be present in each of the blocks for each period (see date periods).
  • Blocks are allocated on a first in first served basis until all blocks are taken.
  • One application per party only – a maximum of six hunters/non-hunters per party per block. No individual can be in more than one party/group for any period, or your party will be disqualified.
  • Applications will only be accepted through the online application form – there will be no email bookings or paper application forms.
  • There are 20 blocks available for the roar period on Molesworth Recreation Reserve.
  • The overview hunting block map and all individual block maps are available online. (Refer to brochure links on this page).
  • The application allows for four choices (combination of blocks and dates).
  • Permits will be emailed out a fortnight before the hunting date.
  • If you and your hunting party/group are unsuccessful you can apply again if blocks are available - this will be advised on our website.
  • One request only for name/vehicle changes is permitted for successful block bookings – submit as soon as possible. Changes submitted one week prior to roar permits being issued maybe denied.
  • If you are successful, you must carry the permit while in Molesworth Recreation Reserve. If you are leaving a vehicle on the roadside, leave a copy of the permit visible on the dashboard. Vehicles may be left up to 50 m from the Acheron Rd.


The 2023 roar hunt for Molesworth will run for five periods. 

  • Period 1: Wednesday 8 March to Tuesday 14 March 2023
  • Period 2: Wednesday 15 March to Tuesday 21 March 2023
  • Period 3: Wednesday 22 March to Tuesday 28 March 2023
  • Period 4: Wednesday 29 March to Tuesday 4 April 2023
  • Period 5: Wednesday 5 April to Monday 10 April, 7 pm 2023


There are 20 blocks available. Check the maps and access to the blocks before applying.

Apply online

Applications are accepted through our online application form only. It will be available on this page from Monday 17 October 2022 at 9:30am.

You must use the online form on this page. It is different to the Molesworth hunting application form for outside the roar period.

Any applications submitted for the roar by using the incorrect application will become null and void. Hunters will be asked to resubmit using the correct application form.

Before you apply

  • Read the Molesworth hunting permit conditions.
  • Check the Molesworth Station hunting page for seasonal restrictions, closures, and pest control operations in place.
  • Make sure you have:
    • names, (include full name as shown on firearms licence) for all your party
    • address and contact details of all your party
    • your preferred blocks and know how to access that block
    • your preferred dates
    • vehicle details and travel intentions worked out.


  • A maximum of six hunters/non-hunters are permitted per party per block.
  • Individual hunters should not apply on more than one application form. If they do, they will have all applications removed and disqualified.
  • Ensure your hunting party/group and all details are confirmed before submitting your application. Only one request for name/vehicle changes is permitted for successful block bookings.
  • Each party member must be included on a permit (hunting or non-hunting) or they are in breach of the Molesworth hunting permit conditions.
  • One request only for name/vehicle changes is permitted for successful block bookings, please submit as soon as possible. Changes submitted one week prior to Roar permits being issued maybe denied.

Block availability

As blocks get booked or become available due to cancellations, we’ll update block availability via the website.

Roar 2023 Molesworth hunting block availability calendar

If your plans change, cancel your booking as there are no transfer to other blocks or dates.  We know there will be plenty of demand to take up empty blocks.


Wairau / Renwick Office
Phone: +64 3 572 9100
Our calls are answered by the Nelson Visitor Centre. Enquiries relating to Molesworth hunting will be forwarded onto the Wairau/Renwick Office.


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