Located 67 kilometres north-west of Whanganui, both the Jean D'Arcy Conservation Area and Powatunga Scenic Reserve are cloaked in podocarp/tawa forest. Deer, goats and pigs are found here.

Hunting block overview


  • Deer - Fallow
  • Goats
  • 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 with a DOC permit (contact the relevant DOC office) and a current kiwi aversion certificate only.

About this hunting block

Fallow deer and goats are present in moderate numbers. Pigs are present in low numbers. 

General information

Permits are available online as 'Whanganui Reserves' under the Central North Island hunting block.

Situated 67km north-west of Whanganui, both blocks are podocarp/tawa forest. The Ahu Ahu Stream becomes very entrenched through the southern section of Powataunga Scenic Reserve. Kiwi are known to be present.


From State Highway 3, turn off at Kai Iwi onto Rangitatau East Road then onto Watershed Road. Access to the Jean D’Arcy Conservation Area is directly off Watershed Road. Access to the Powataunga Block is through the Jean D’Arcy Conservation Area or by negotiated private access.


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A separate permit is required to hunt with dogs. All dogs must be avian avoidance certified. Contact the local DOC office for details.


There are no DOC huts in this reserve.


Whanganui Office
Phone:   +64 6 349 2100
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   34-36 Taupo Quay
Whanganui 4500
Postal Address:   Private Bag 3016
Whanganui 4540
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