Northbank, in Mt Richmond Forest Park, is a popular area for hunting pigs, goats and red deer.


  • 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 Northbank is a popular area for hunting pigs, goats and red deer. Pigs and goats are found throughout in low to medium numbers, with red deer generally limited to the Goulter catchment.

The Northbank covers the south facing slopes of the main Mt Richmond Range, on the north bank of the Wairau River. It consists of steep river valleys, mixed beech and podocarp forest, and sub-alpine tussock and shrubland.

In front of the Forest Park are large areas of production forestry. Hunting in these areas requires permission from Nelson Forests Ltd.


Access is via the Northbank Road, turn off SH6, 16 km north-west of Blenheim. There are a number of unsealed access roads, easements through the production forests, leading to various valleys and tramping tracks.

These access roads can be closed at times for forestry operations.

Check the Mt Richmond Forest Park road access page for the latest information.


Production forestry - Nelson Forests Ltd, Phone +64 3 543 8115.


NZTopo50 – BR26, BQ26, BQ27


Dogs are allowed with a dog permit from Nelson Visitor Centre.

Dogs are not permitted inside or under huts, but kennels are provided at many of the backcountry huts.


Additional information

No additional restrictions apply.

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


Whakatū/Nelson Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 546 9339
Email nelsonvc@doc.govt.nz
Address Millers Acre/Taha o te Awa
1/37 Halifax Street
Nelson 7010
Hours Visitor centre hours and services

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