Hunting opportunities in Whanganui National Park (Atene to Ranana), Pitangi Scenic Reserve, and Ohutu and Koriniti conservation areas includes pigs, goats and low numbers of fallow deer.


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

About this hunting block

Includes: Whanganui National Park from Atene to Ranana, Pitangi Scenic Reserve and Ohotu and Koriniti Conservation Areas

High numbers of goats, low to medium numbers of fallow deer, red deer and pigs.

Special restrictions:

  • No hunting on or within 50 metres of the Atene Track.
  • No hunting in the Ahuahu Valley.

General information

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

Whanganui National Park is one of the largest remaining areas of lowland forest in the North Island. The topography of the park is moderate to steep with deep gorges, sheer papa bluffs and waterfalls.


The main access points are;

  • By boat from various points along the Whanganui River. Jetboat operators on the river can provide a drop off and pick up service to tramping tracks and hunting grounds.
  • Directly off the Whanganui River Road approximately 34km north of Whanganui.


NZTopo50 BK32 and BK33


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



Whanganui Office
Phone:   0800 275 362
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   whanganui@doc.govt.nz
Address:   34-36 Taupo Quay
Whanganui 4500
Postal Address:   Private Bag 3016
Whanganui 4540
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