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


  • 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

Located near the entrance to Queen Charlotte Sound, Meretoto/Ship Cove can most easily be accessed by boat.

Historically this area was popular with both Maori and pakeha as the site of a village and one of Cook’s favourite anchorages.

Magnificent coastal broadleaf/podocarp forest at lower altitudes gives way to mature beech forest further inland. There is more than 2,000 ha of forested public conservation land here with the highest point, Mt Furneaux, reaching 823 m.

This area, including Meretoto/Ship Cove itself, the Queen Charlotte Track and associated campsites, is very popular with visitors. Due to the high numbers of visitors at these sites, due care needs to be taken when hunting.

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


The easiest access into this area is by boat with regular daily water taxis available from Picton. It is possible to enter the area off the Titirangi Road by following the Antimony Mine Track into Endeavour Inlet.

The Queen Charlotte Track runs from Endeavour Inlet to Meretoto/Ship Cove.

There is a track that is not maintained by DOC that leads from the Waterfall Walk in Ship Cove towards private land past Jacksons Head.


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Map information

NZTopo50 BP29


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

Hut information

There are no huts in this area.

There are a number of private accommodation options close to this area.

There are 2 backcountry campsites available:

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.

Water safety

If you plan to enjoy the water, learn how to stay safe when swimming, boating and fishing.


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