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Introduction

Hunt red deer, goats and feral pigs in Marlborough Sounds' Mt Stokes hunting block.

Species

  • 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

Closed 22 December to 9 February.

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. More information below or contact the relevant DOC office.

About this hunting block

General information

Mt Stokes, at just over 1200 metres, is the highest point in the Marlborough Sounds and is home to an unusual mix of North and South Island plants.

The public conservation land encompasses 4,500 ha surrounding the summit. The land is often steep and is predominantly clothed in beech forest. The summit, which is above the tree line, is fenced with a pig-proof fence to protect the fragile vegetation growing there. Note: There is an electrified outrigger on this fence.

As a result of past predator control, there were a number of cut and marked (with blue plastic triangles) tracks that circumnavigated the summit and surrounding forest. Some areas may have been missed, and that these tracks will often not take the best route to a given destination.

Because of its height and location, Mt Stokes can be subjected to rapid changes in weather. It is often clothed in cloud and snow can occur in any season. However, on a fine day the views are spectacular. There is one tramping track and a road through this reserve.

Occasional red deer can be found throughout the area at any time of the year. Goats and feral pigs are common throughout. 

Access

The Mt Stokes tramping track leads off from the junction of Titirangi and Anakoha Roads. It climbs moderately steeply from the Okaha Saddle to the summit of Mt Stokes.

Access is also available off the Titirangi and Anakoha Roads and the end of the Clova Bay Road. There are no tracks at any of these sites.

There are some commercial forestry operations in the Mt Stokes area. Many of the forestry roads could provide access onto the public conservation land. Permission must be obtained from the relevant forest managers before using these roads.

Landholders

No information is currently available.

Map information

NZTopo50 BP29

Dogs

Hunting dogs are allowed with a permit from the DOC Picton Office.

Hut information

There are no huts in this area.

There are standard campsites nearby:

Additional information

DOC public conservation land in the Marlborough Sounds is closed to hunting annually from sunset on 22 December to sunrise on 9 February.

Contacts

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