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


  • 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

Part of this area sits within 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: Available all year outside of the Adams Wilderness Area boundary. Restricted to two designated landing sites only during the ballot period within the boundary.

Lord River landing site:
NZTM2000 E1423272-N5208058

Alternative Lord Range landing site:
NZTM2000 E1421807-N5208091

Road access point: Wanganui road end.
Foot access: Difficult. Via the Wanganui river valley and Hunters or Smyth huts.

Block specific information

Permissions: DOC hunting permit required
Map: Topo50 BW18

Best tahr hunting is along scrub/bush-line. If weather allows then hunters should consider camping above the bush-line. Good tahr numbers around Devastation Creek, Crumbling Spur and Poker Gully. Good numbers of chamois also present, especially around Blue Lookout. 

Lord River campsite: Large campsite. Lots of open country to hunt - suitable for groups of 4 hunters. River water supply.

Lord Range alternative campsite: Campsite on exposed tussock knob.  High camp in good hunting and glassing country.  Suitable for small groups of 2-3 hunters. Tarn water supply in close proximity.

Hut information

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

There are no huts within the Wilderness Area part of this hunting area.


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
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