Lake Taupō lakeshore reserves can offer high numbers of pigs in highly challenging terrain.


  • Pigs

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

Pigs occur throughout the reserve network, often in high numbers. They move around a lot however, so local knowledge is important in locating them. Often the best access is by boat from the lake, but there is also a number of roads which provide access. It is possible to obtain permission from adjoining farms as well.

General information

Part of the Taupō Reserves and Conservation Areas, the western and northern shores of Lake Taupō are covered in regenerating scrubland at varying stages of growth. Much of this land has been reserved to provide a buffer between farmland and the lake.

This area includes Hingarae, Otaketake Stream, Tutaeuaua, Waihora Stream, Waikino and Kawakawa Bay scenic reserves.  

The terrain is often steep and bluffy, with thick vegetation. This makes it a challenge to hunt. This area is also know for the holes or 'tomos' formed in the pumice soil, which are a hazard to hunters and their dogs alike. Carrying a rope is an advisable safety measure if hunting the area.

The best hunting is from May to August, when most pigs are close to the farm edges. Hunting pressure can help farmers reduce pasture damage from pigs at this time, and some will give access accordingly. Stock worrying is a problem, so farmers want reliable hunters with well controlled dogs.


You will need the following Topo 50 series map sheets:

Tihoi BG35
Taupō BG 36
Tūrangi BH35
Motutere BH36


Hunters are allowed to take hunting dogs (under permit) into these reserves. They must adhere to the following:

  • all hunters entering DOC conservation lands must obtain a hunting permit.
  • the dog must be used for hunting and not just be there for company
  • dogs are tied up at night
  • any dogs that are lost in these areas are reported to the nearest DOC office immediately.


There are no DOC huts on the Lake Taupō lakeshore reserves.


DOC Customer Service Centre
Phone 0800 275 362
Email turangi@doc.govt.nz
Address DOC offices
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