Nelson Lakes hunting
Located in the Nelson/Tasman region
IntroductionThe Nelson Lakes area is situated at the northern end of the Southern Alps. There is good red deer and chamois hunting to be had, with pigs and feral goats present in some locations.
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The gateway to Nelson Lakes is St Arnaud, a 1-2 hour drive from Nelson or Blenheim.
Public roads provide access to much of the area but remember to seek permission from landowners if need to cross private land.
It includes the headwaters and some tributaries of the Wairau, Motueka and Buller Rivers.
Some good hunting areas are available ranging from dry mixed beech forest in the east through to the wetter podocarp forests of Kahurangi National Park and the Victoria Forest Park in the west.
Vast open tops are significant throughout the area with some good red deer and chamois hunting to be had in these environments. Pigs are present in some areas with heavier concentrations in the lighter cover and bush/farm pasture margins. Feral goats are also present in some locations.
Extreme weather conditions can be encountered year round and good fitness levels and bush skills are necessary for traversing much of the terrain.
About Teetotal sighting-in range
Teetotal sighting-in range is located off Teetotal Road in the Teetotal Recreation Area approximately 3.3km northwest of St. Arnaud.
Hunters can safely check their rifle sightings at the Teetotal sighting-in range facility before heading into nearby parks and conservation land to hunt.
To use the sighting-in range you must have a Teetotal sighting-in range permit, or be under the supervision of a Range Officer. This is a legal requirement under the Arms Act 1983 from 1 July 2023.