Occasional red deer can be found throughout the 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

There are many thousands of hectares of additional public conservation lands that are available for hunting and are not described in any of the previous sections.

Much of this land is accessible only by boat such as Kenepuru Scenic Reserve, reserves on Arapawa Island and the headland reserves in the Queen Charlotte and Pelorus Sounds. Others are accessible off the Kenepuru and French Pass Roads.

Often these reserves are relatively small but can contain good numbers of game animals. It is essential when hunting these areas that you are aware of the location of all relevant boundaries particularly with neighbouring private property.

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


As these areas of public conservation land are widely distributed throughout the Marlborough Sounds access requirements will vary depending on each sites location. Generally access will be boat only. Contact the local DOC office if further information is required.


No information is currently available.


NZTopo50 BQ28,29 and BP27-29


Hunting dogs are allowed with a permit from DOC. Although dogs are only allowed at the following Sounds campsites:


No additional huts are available other than those already mentioned for other Sounds hunting areas.

Additional information

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

No hunting on Foreshore Reserves, Pipi Beach and island reserves with the exception of the south western reserves of Arapawa (Ngaruru/Ruamoko).

There are many additional backcountry campsites within the Sounds that may be useful.

Water safety

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


Waitohi / Picton Office
Phone:   +64 3 520 3002
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   picton@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Port Marlborough Building - Level 2
14 Auckland Street
Picton 7220
Postal Address:   PO Box 161
Picton 7250
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