IntroductionOccasional red deer can be found throughout this area at any time of the year. Goats and feral pigs are common throughout.
- Deer - Red
Closed 22 December to 9 February.
About this hunting block
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.
No information is currently available.
Hunting dogs are allowed with a permit from DOC Picton Office.
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:
DOC public conservation land in the Marlborough Sounds is closed to hunting annually from sunset on 22 December to sunrise on 9 February.
If you plan to enjoy the water, learn how to stay safe when swimming, boating and fishing.