Find out about the Wanaka roar block system and how to enter the ballot for a roar block for 2021.

DOC's Tititea/Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre in Wanaka runs an annual ballot system for hunters wishing to hunt during the roar period.

The ballot ensures hunters have access to an area with the knowledge that only one hunting party will be present in each of the blocks for a seven day period.


There are 50 blocks available for allocation each roar. These are limited to one party per block for each seven-day period.

Ballot draw

There will be no ballot draw for the 2021 roar. Instead, there will be a rollover of 2020 Wanaka Roar permits to the 2021 roar season.

Hunting blocks assigned as part of the 2020 Wanaka roar ballot were not able to be hunted during COVID-19 Alert Levels 3 and 4. Because of this, the 2020 Wanaka roar ballot permit holders will have their blocks rolled over to the 2021 roar period.

2020 Wanaka roar ballot holder

If you were a 2020 Wanaka roar ballot holder you will have been sent an email informing you of the rollover of your block for the 2021 roar. This includes if you were:

  • a first draw confirmed applicant, or
  • an applicant successful in the second chance draw.

If you're unable to use the block it cannot be transferred to friends or family. The permit needs to be cancelled and offered to hunters through a waitlist system.

2021 roar dates

In 2021 the roar system is from Sunday 21 March to Saturday 17 April. The periods are:

  • Period 1: Sunday 21 March to Saturday 27 March
  • Period 2: Sunday 28 March to Saturday 3 April
  • Period 3: Sunday 4 April to Saturday 10 April
  • Period 4: Sunday 11 April to Saturday 17 April

Waitlist for 2021 roar

The waitlist for 2021 blocks that can no longer be used has closed.

The Wanaka Roar coordinator will call hunters from this list as blocks become available.

Permit issue

The 2021 roar permits were emailed out to roar block holders on 1 February 2021.

General information

Helicopter operators are not permitted to undertake venison recovery during the roar period: 22 March to 13 April including Easter weekend (Good Friday 3 April 2021 to Easter Monday 13 April 2021). If any helicopter is observed recovering venison during that period, note as much detail as possible, e.g. make, colour, registration, and pass to DOC so an investigation may be carried out.

To encourage full use of the hunting blocks, if you are no longer able to use your permit, inform the Wanaka DOC office so it can be reissued to someone on the waitlist. If you are the person the permit has been issued to, you must be in the hunting party, permits cannot be passed to family or friends if you find you can no longer hunt during the permit period.

The success of the roar system depends on the integrity of those involved.

There may be other people in your block who also have right of access to public land. This could include trampers, anglers, farmers, DOC field staff, possum hunters and many others.

Identify your target before shooting.


For any other information about hunting in the Wanaka area during the roar period, contact:

Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Office
Phone:   0272696871
Fax:   03 4437660
Address:   1 Ballantyne Road
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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