Chukar hunting 1 to 28 July 2020: Some blocks restricted to chukar hunting only.
Canada goose: Goose hunt weekends are held each year.
Acheron Road is currently closed
Acheron Road through Molesworth will reopen 7 am Saturday, 23 October 2021 – Labour Weekend 2021.
Check the hunting availability calendars and apply online. Permits take at least 15 working days to process.
Permits for hunting deer, chamois, goats and pigs will only be issued for a specific period and for a specified area.
Areas may be used by other trampers, mountain bikers or other hunters accessing their block at any time. Wilding pine control by helicopter may be carried out at any time. Weed control staff will be informed of any hunters in the areas they are working.
Different areas are available at different times of the year, depending on farm requirements and stock locations.
A hunting permit does not guarantee road access when the Acheron Road is closed (mid-April to Labour Weekend). You'll need to apply for an activity permit when the road is closed. These are unlikely to be issued except in exceptional circumstances.
Landcorp and the Molesworth Recreational Reserve Manager do not issue hunting permits.
Any breaches of permit conditions are treated very seriously – past breaches have resulted in offenders being trespassed from Molesworth and prosecuted.
Molesworth Recreational Reserve has the largest farm in New Zealand. It is administered by DOC and leased to Landcorp Farming Ltd.
Hunting and road access is restricted as Molesworth is both a recreation reserve and a working farm, and there is a need to balance the requirements of both.
Red deer, chamois, goats, pigs, and Canada geese are found here.
Chukar hunting will take place from 1 to 28 July 2020. Contact Nelson Marlborough Fish and Game for a permit:
Phone: +64 3 544 6382
These blocks are exclusive for chukar hunting only during this time: Mt Severn, Boundary, Turks, Upper Wairau, Cat Creek, Travellers, Alma, Dog Stream, Long Gully, Makuratawhai
Canada goose hunt weekends are held each year.
To participate, contact:
Vehicle access is limited to the main formed roads Acheron Road and Tophouse/Wairau Hanmer Springs Road (also known as Rainbow Road) only and only when the roads are open. No vehicles are to be driven on any farm tracks.
Helicopters are not permitted at all.
There are three main road access points:
This road is open all year round, weather conditions permitting. This gives access to the southern end of the Molesworth, and north through to Lake Sedgemere. The road can be impassable because of snow during the winter months.
Rainbow Road goes through Rainbow Station and Molesworth Recreation Reserve, from near St Arnaud (turn off SH63) to Hanmer. This is a 4WD toll road with access restrictions. For details, see the Rainbow Station website.
This links the Acheron to the top of the Awatere Valley Road. The road is open from Labour Weekend to Easter Monday or the last Sunday in April (whichever is the latest). An Activity Permit must be applied for to get road access at other times. These are unlikely to be issued when the road is closed except in exceptional circumstances due to winter weather and farming operations.
NZTopo50 maps: BS24, BS25, BT24, BT25, BT26.
A map of the boundaries of each block is available below.
Maps of individual blocks:
No dogs permitted.
There are no WARO activities allowed in this area.
Check when Molesworth hunting blocks are available before making an online booking request.
Predator control for Molesworth area May to November 2021
OSPRI plans to apply biodegradable aerial 1080 between May and November 2021. There will be more accurate dates closer to the time. This operation is to control bovine tuberculosis.
Hunting permits will be issued as usual. It's your responsibility to follow the guidelines if you choose to hunt during this period.
Any breaches of the conditions will be taken seriously and all members of the party will be excluded from hunting on Molesworth Recreation Reserve for a period of five years.
Bow hunting minimum criteria:
Crossbow minimum criteria:
All breach of any of the standard or 'special conditions' renders this permit null and void and may result in prosecution.
The applicant shall indemnify the Department of Conservation and Landcorp Farming against all claims by any person in respect of injury, loss or damage (including fire damage) caused by or arising out of any act of omission of the Applicants, its servants, agents, contractors, clients or invitees, or otherwise caused as a consequence of its use of the reserve or as a result of the conduct of the permit holder.