Hunt red deer, fallow deer, goats and feral pigs in Pelorus Valley hunting block, Mt Richmond Forest Park.


  • 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' which can be obtained online or from a DOC office.

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this hunting block

General information

The Pelorus Valley, formed by the Te Hoiere/Pelorus River, encompasses around 30,000 ha of one of the larger river systems in the Richmond Range. It stretches from the summit of Mt Richmond to the confluence of the Te Hoiere/Pelorus River and Rai rivers.

The Te Hoiere/Pelorus River is very beautiful with emerald green pools and dramatic smaller gorges. Brown and rainbow trout are present in the river. There are a number of tracks that provide access into the area.

The Richmond Range is heavily forested with open tops to over 1,700 metres. Vegetation is mostly beech forest with podocarp forest at lower altitude and areas of tussock along the top of the range. On the Bryant Range are areas of stunted ultramafic vegetation.

There are numerous tributaries of the Te Hoiere/Pelorus River and ridges and spurs that can give good access to the hinterland of the Richmond Range.

Low numbers of red deer can be found throughout the area at any time of the year with fallow deer being found on the western side of the valley. Goats and feral pigs are relatively common throughout.


The Pelorus Track can be reached at the end of the Maungatapu Road (turn off SH6 at Pelorus Bridge) which follows the valley floor. The track at this point crosses private land for the first 2 km so there is no hunting allowed for 2 km from the end of the Maungatapu Road. Alternatively the Nelson end of the track is reached from the Hacket picnic area off Aniseed Valley Road, near Richmond.

Access is also available from Brook Street in Nelson by various routes to Rocks Hut and then on to the central portion of the Pelorus Track.

A walking track also leaves Maungatapu Track (4WD route) at Maungatapu Saddle heading south along the Bryant Range and joins the Pelorus Track at Tōtara Saddle. There is one hut (Rocks Hut) on this track.

The Mt Fell Route leaves the Pelorus Valley near Middy Hut and gives access to the alpine tops of Mts Fell and Richmond.


No information is currently available.


NZTopo50 BQ26, BQ27, BR26 and BR27


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



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