The Middle Hill Conservation Area contains goats, pigs, red deer and chamois (in low numbers). Recently returned to the Crown through Tenure Review the area links the Kaikoura North Coast Hunting block and Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia Conservation Park and overlooks the lower Clarence.


  • Chamois
  • 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.

Dog access

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

About this hunting block

General information

The Middle Hill Conservation Area is characterised by steep terrain and native montane vegetation. It is steep - the dominant feature of Middle Hill is 903m while the highest point on the eastern slopes of the Seaward Kaikoura Range reaches over 1300m. It is a mix of native forest, mainly low kanuka forest and scrub with areas of beech-podocarp, especially in the Wharekiri Valley.

Red deer, pigs, goats and chamois (in low numbers) are found here.


The main access is on Waipapa Bay Road just before the road crosses the Wharekiri Stream.

From the car park, public access is on foot via the Crown riverbeds of the Wharekiri Stream or the Miller Stream.  The boundaries of the Conservation area are signposted.

Access is also possible via the George Spur, north of the property or off the summit of Patutu and Batty.

Any other access is through private land and would require permission. The Department of Conservation does not have a list of contacts for this area.


NZTopo50 – BS28 Kekerengu (part) and BT28 Mangamanu


Dogs are allowed with a dog permit from the Wairau / Renwick Office.


There are no huts in this area.

Additional information

No additional restrictions apply.

For further mapping and access information refer to Walking Access Aotearoa or DOC maps.


Wairau / Renwick Office
Phone:   +64 3 572 9100
Email:   renwick@doc.govt.nz
Address:   22 Gee Street
Marlborough 7204
Postal Address:   PO Box 51
Marlborough 7243
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