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.
Red stag, Mt Aspiring National Park
Blocks are allocated through a ballot draw and are allocated for a seven day period (Sunday to the following Saturday) as listed above.
Applications are only accepted via the Wanaka Roar Ballot online application form from Tuesday 1 October 2019.
- The last date applications will be accepted is Friday 8 November 2019.
- The application form will be limited to four choices.
- You can submit only one application per party.
- No individual may be involved in more than one application.
In 2020 the roar system will run from Sunday 22 March to Saturday 18 April. The available periods are:
- Period 1: Sunday 22 March to Saturday 28 March
- Period 2: Sunday 29 March to Saturday 4 April
- Period 3: Sunday 5 April to Saturday 11 April
- Period 4: Sunday 12 April to Saturday 18 April
There are 50 blocks available for allocation each roar. These are limited to one party per block for each seven day period.
- Wanaka roar hunting block overview map 1 (PDF, 575K)
- Wanaka roar hunting block overview map 2 (PDF, 620K)
The ballot draw will be held on Monday 11 November 2019 at the Tititea/Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre in Wanaka. If you wish to observe the ballot draw contact the office on +64 3 443 7660 to indicate your interest at least a week before the draw.
Applicants will be advised by email of the outcome of the draw by Friday 15 November 2019.
Confirmation of bookings
Successful applicants must confirm their block before Friday 6 December 2019, via email (prefered method) or by phone quoting their application number. After this date permits will be emailed or mailed out.
If confirmation has not been received by 5 pm Friday 6 December 2019, the booking will be cancelled and the block reallocated – no reminders will be issued.
Reallocation of blocks
Any unconfirmed blocks will be available to parties that were unsuccessful in the ballot draw on a 'first in, first served' basis. Unsuccessful applicants will receive an email with dates that they can reapply for any of the unconfirmed blocks. Unsuccessful applicants will also be issued with an application number that must be quoted when applying for a block.
From Monday 27 January 2020, any remaining blocks will be made available to all hunters who did not enter the draw.
From Friday 31 January 2020, hunters who have existing bookings and want a second block or want to extend their existing booking may also apply for any remaining unallocated blocks.
At this stage no administration fee will be charged for the 2020 roar, although this fee may be introduced in future ballots to cover the costs associated with administering the roar block system.
Helicopter operators are not permitted to undertake venison recovery during the roar period: 22 March to 13 April including Easter weekend (Good Friday 10 April 2020 to Easter Monday 13 April 2020). 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.
Permits will be emailed or mailed out.
To encourage full use of the hunting blocks, any applicants who do not comply with the requirements of the Wanaka roar ballot or hunting permit system will be disqualified from the 2020 and possibly subsequent ballot draws. This may include hunters who submit multiple applications or who do not cancel or collect their permits. The success of the system depends on the integrity of those involved.
Be aware that 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: