Red deer are present in the Hihitahi Forest Sanctuary, off State Highway 1, approximately 15km north from Taihape.


  • Deer - Fallow
  • Deer - Red
  • Deer - Sika

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

No dogs

About this hunting block

Hunting opportunities in the Hihitahi Forest Sanctuary include red deer and low numbers of fallow and sika deer.

The area may be treated with 1080; check the pesticide summary. Possums are present but use of .22 and shot guns are prohibited, as is hunting during the hours of darkness. Permits to use traps are available from the Mangaweka DOC office +64 6 388 2031.

General information

Isolated area of forest on rolling to very steep hill country encompassing the head waters of the Kaitapa Stream, including limestone outcrops and caves, mixed podocarp forest with pahautea dominant below 900m. Above this is pahautea and Halls totara over broadleaf and other montane shrubs.


Access to Hihitahi Forest Sanctuary is on the eastern side of State Highway 1. Legal walking access begins at a DOC sign about 17 km north of Taihape.


NZTopo50 BK35


No dogs allowed.


Zekes Hut


Tongariro National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 7 892 3729
Email tongarirovc@doc.govt.nz
Address Whakapapa Village
State Highway 48
Mount Ruapehu 3083
Hours See visitor centre hours
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