Mt Thomas Forest is located 50 km north west of Christchurch, between Loburn, Oxford and Lees Valley. Red deer and pigs are present.


  • Deer - Red
  • Pigs

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

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this hunting block

General information

This hunting area is located 50 km north west of Christchurch between Loburn, Oxford and Lees Valley.

The terrain is mostly moderate. The vegetation is mostly beech forest with some scrub and tussock around the tops and between the Pinchgut stream and Lees Valley.

Red deer and pigs are present in low to moderate numbers. Mt Thomas is a popular recreational area.

Other hunters and trampers may be encountered anywhere, anytime. Take precautions and identify your target.

Do not hunt outside the block boundary. Trespassing will be taken seriously


Access to the area is via:

  • Hayland Road to Mount Thomas picnic area.
  • Glentui Bush Road to the Glentui picnic area.
  • Taafee’s Glenn Road to the car park for access to the Pinchgut route.
  • Anywhere the hunting area is boarding the Lees Valley Road.

Your hunting permit allows you to hunt on public conservation land only.

Hunting or access through adjoining land requires permission from appropriate landowners.

Note: There is no access through private property from the Ashley Gorge Road on the Loburn side of the Ashley Gorge Bridge.


Access to the back of Mount Thomas via Lees Valley requires landholder permission. Email Mt Pember Station with at least one week's notice:

Access from Lees Valley Road at Ladbrooks Corner, which is by road 6km northwest of middle bridge, requires landowner permission +64 29 235 9909.


NZTopo50 maps BV22, BV23, BW22, BW23


Dogs are permitted in the Mount Thomas hunting area. Dogs must be kept under control and not used for hunting until well within the DOC hunting area.


Additional information

Hunters are advised to check for current pesticide operations that may be in progress where they intend to hunt. 


Rangiora Office
Phone:   +64 3 313 0820
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   32 River Road
Rangiora 7400
Postal Address:   PO Box 349
Rangiora 7440
Arthur's Pass National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 318 9211
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   106 Main Westcoast Road
Arthur's Pass
Postal Address:   PO Box 51008
Arthur's Pass 7654
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