A 262 hectare hunting area in the Taupō area.


  • 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.

About this hunting block

Pigs occur throughout the reserve.

There is access by boat from the lake, but there is also road access via Whareroa.

General information

Part of the Taupō Reserves and Conservation Areas, the western shores of Lake Taupō are covered in regenerating scrubland at varying stages of growth. 

The terrain is often steep and bluffy, with thick vegetation. This makes it a challenge to hunt. This area is also known 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.


You will need the following Topo 50 series map sheets:

Tihoi BG35


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

  • all hunters entering DOC conservation land 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 in this reserve.


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