This hunting area is open year round and is under the ballot system for helicopter access (late April-June).

ZIP and Predator Free South Westland project is operating in this area for 2023 and 2024.

How you’re affected and other potential areas.


  • Tahr

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by an 'open area permit' – get it online or from a DOC office.

Dog access

No dogs

About this hunting block

General information

This site is in the Adams Wilderness Area and is open year round for foot access.

This site is included in the ballot system for helicopter access (late April-June).

Access information

Helicopter access: Restricted to designated landing site only during ballot period.

Landing site: NZTM2000 E1404891-N5203065

Road access point: Whataroa road end.
Foot access: Very difficult. Take care in river crossings.

Block specific information

Permissions: DOC hunting permit required
Map: Topo50 BW17

Large flat camp with some shelter. East access to tops via tussock faces or creeks. Suitable for parties of 4. River water supply.

Tahr mainly concentrated in side creeks off Mt Barlow and around The Great Unknown. There is also a population around Mt Adams.

Hut information

No huts in this area.


Awarua/Haast Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 750 0809
Email haasthuntingballot@doc.govt.nz
Address Haast Junction
Corner SH6 and Jackson Bay Road
Haast 7886
Hours See visitor centre hours
Back to top