The Mt Studholme/Kaiwarua block is in the southern part of the Hunter Hills, 15 km northwest of Waimate. Species found here to hunt include wallaby, pig and the occasional red and fallow deer, chamois and tahr.


  • Chamois
  • Deer - Fallow
  • Deer - Red
  • Pigs
  • Tahr
  • Wallabies

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 allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this hunting block

General information

The Mt Studholme/Kaiwarua block covers an area of about 4945 hectares. The highest point is Mt Studholme at 1086 m. There is mixed broadleaf and podocarp forest on the eastern flanks which gives way to tussock. Some of the stream gullies have Dracophyllum species, matagouri and coprosma.


There are a number of access points to the eastern side: Jacksons Bush Road, Mt Studholme Road and Gunns Bush Road, all off Waimate Hunter Road.

Access to the western side is reached by following Hakataramea Highway 82 from Waimate. At the monument turn right onto Serpentine Valley Road, then turn right again onto Zig Zag Road. Take the first left onto Wahaorunga Road and then turn right onto Pentland Hills Road. After about 8.5 km this becomes Kaiwarua Road. Follow Kaiwarau Road to its end where 4WD drive tracks lead either northwest or southeast. At the end of each track are parking areas which give access to public easements across private land to the public conservation land.

Helicopter landings may be approved provided an appropriate landing permit is obtained.

Topo map

NZTopo50 map sheet: CA18 Waituna


Dogs are permitted but are required to be under control at all times.


There are no huts or bivvies in this area.

Additional information

Check for current pesticide operations that may be in progress where you intend to hunt.


Raukapuka / Geraldine Office
Phone:   +64 3 693 1010
Email:   esienquiries@doc.govt.nz
Address:   13 – 15 North Terrace
Geraldine 7930
Postal Address:   PO Box 33
Geraldine 7956
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