Access is difficult and terrain steep in this area.


  • 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

Dogs with a DOC permit only. More information below or contact the relevant DOC office.

About this hunting block

General information

This site is open year round.

Access information

Helicopter access: Available all year
Road access point: Whataroa road end
Foot access: One long day's walk from SH6 to Butler Junction. A further 2-3 hours walk to Top Butler

Site specific information

Permissions: DOC hunting permit required
Map: Topo50 BW16, BX 16
Additional species: Good numbers of chamois throughout site, more common along Butler Range and downstream from hut on slips


Popular spot due to helicopter access. Tahr found throughout valley but highest numbers are around King Peak, and ridges  off Mt Loughnan & Seymour Peak down to Ice Lake, but access is difficult and terrain steep.  Location and numbers will vary with season and hunting pressure.

Hut information

Hut tickets or backcountry hut passes are required and available from most DOC offices and other outlets. Contact DOC for details.

Pesticide summaries

Hunters are advised to check for current pesticide operations that may be in progress where they intend to hunt. 


Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 752 0360
Email westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
Address 69 Cron Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Hours See visitor centre hours
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