Goats, fallow deer, red deer and pigs are hunted in the Whanganui National Park (west of river) and adjoining scenic reserves and conservation areas.


  • 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.

Seasonal restrictions

No hunting from the Whanganui River between 1 October to 30 April.

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit (contact the relevant DOC office) and a current kiwi aversion certificate only.

About this hunting block

Includes: Part Whanganui National Park, Putikituna and Pahautuhia Scenic Reserves and Tangarakau, Whangamomona, Ramanui, Taumatamahoe and Arawata Conservation Areas.

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

No hunting on or within 50 metres of the Matemateaonga Track.

General information

Permits are available online as 'Whanganui Forests' under the Cental 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.

Safety and Tangarakau Conservation Area

Tangarakau Conservation Area contains areas of grazing. Be aware cattle and people that may be present and/or moving stock. Take extra care with shooting arcs.


The main access points are;

  • Whanganui River; by boat from various points including, Taumarunui, Ohinepane, Whakahoro and Pipiriki. Jetboat operators on the river can provide a drop off and pick up service to tramping tracks and hunting grounds.
  • Helicopters; several helicopter operators have concessions to land within the park at designated landing sites.
  • Kohi Saddle: from State Highway 43, follow Brewer Road and Upper Mangaehu Road to Kohi Saddle and the start of the Matemateaonga Track.
  • Via Waitotara Conservation Area; by following the routes through to the Matemateaonga Track.

Note: Puniwhakau Track closure: Due to the removal of an unsafe bridge, the track from Puniwhakau Road end to Puteore Hut is closed until further notice.


NZTopo50 BJ31 and BJ32


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

Huts and campsites


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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