This area is open year round with helicopter access available all year. Tahr common in nearby Barrowmans Creek (steep access) and below King Peak (difficult steep access).


  • 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: 2 day walk from road end (via Butler Junction) to Whymper Hut

Site specific information

Permissions: DOC hunting permit required
Map: Topo50 BX16
Additional species: Chamois


Tahr are common in nearby Barrowmans Creek on TL (steep access) TR faces down to King Peak (difficult steep access). Moderate numbers along Maximillian Range and TR Whymper Glacier. Good numbers of chamois downstream of hut. Tahr control planned for this area in 2010-11. 

Hut information

Whymper Hut

Hut tickets or backcountry hut passes are 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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