Permits and licences are needed to hunt New Zealand gamebirds.

Paradise shelduck/putakitaki. Photo copyright Andrew Walmsley. DOC use only.
Paradise shelduck/putakitaki

Waterfowl, including paradise shelduck, mallard, grey and shoveler duck and black swan can be hunted in DOC managed areas.

Upland game such as pheasant and quail can also be hunted.

Licence and permit

To hunt gamebirds you'll need both:

  • A licence from Fish & Game NZ.
  • A DOC gamebird hunting permit. These permits are for specific areas and periods and are issued through the DOC office closest to the hunting area.
  • For gamebird hunting in the Waikato and Hauraki regions, you can collect your permit directly at certain outlets when you purchase your Fish & Game licence.

Find out more about gamebird licences and permits

Canada goose

A small game hunting permit is required from DOC to hunt Canada goose or feral goose.

Hunting seasons

Most gamebird seasons start in May, although season dates vary depending on the species of bird, and the Fish & Game region you are hunting in.

Fish & Game’s Gamebird Hunting Guide is provided free with every game bird hunting licence.

More information

The Fish & Game website has detailed information about gamebird hunting in New Zealand.

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