Introduction

This area is open year round with helicopter access to Christmas Flat all year. Tahr can be encountered anywhere but greater numbers on the true right above and around bush line.

Hunting block overview

Species

  • Tahr

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by an 'open area permit' which can be obtained online or from a DOC office.

Dog access

No dogs

About this hunting block

General information

This site is open year round for foot access.

Access information

Helicopter access: All year to Christmas Flat
Road access point: Karangarua
Foot access: Two days walk to Christmas Flat from SH6. One long day to Lame Duck Flat from SH 6 via Cassel Flat, or a 2-3 hour walk down from Christmas Flat landing site depending on track conditions.

Site specific information

Permissions: DOC hunting permit required
Map: Topo50 BX14
Additional species: Chamois and deer

Notes 

Tahr can be encountered anywhere but greater numbers on the true right above and around bush line. Coleridge Creek gives good access to tops. Chamois on lower slopes and deer along valley floor. Popular with hunters due to air access. Mixture of hard and reasonable country. 

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. 

Contacts

Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 752 0360
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   69 Cron Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Postal Address:   PO Box 14
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
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