Wainono Lagoon is a game bird hunting block near Waimate.


  • Game birds

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by a ‘game bird hunting permit’. See permit information below.

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this hunting block

Species available for game bird hunting include mallard duck, grey duck, shoveler, paradise shelduck, canada goose, black swan and pūkeko.

General information

Wainono Lagoon is near the township of Waimate, and about 35 km south of Timaru.

The lagoon covers 350 hectares. It is a conservation area managed by DOC and provides habitat for some 57 different bird species, many resident and others migratory.


To get a game bird permit for Lake Wainono, contact info@doc.govt.nz.

You'll also need a Fish & Game game bird permit and a firearms licence.

You must only use steel shot in this area.


There are several access points to the lagoon: Lake Road off SH1 next to the junction of SH82, and 4WD access to the north via Hook Beach Road or to the southern end of the lagoon via Poingdestres Road.


NZTopo50 series: CA19


Dogs are allowed for bird retrieval but must be under effective control. Remove any faeces.


Raukapuka / Geraldine Office
Phone:   0800 275 362
Email:   info@doc.govt.nz
Address:   13 – 15 North Terrace
Geraldine 7930
Postal Address:   PO Box 33
Geraldine 7956
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