You can find red deer and pigs in the Catlins-Maclennan hunting block, which spans the Beresford Range and the Maclennan River catchment.


  • Deer - Red
  • 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

Before lighting a fire on public conservation land, check it's alright to light. Extinguish all fires before leaving huts and campsites. How to minimise the risk of fire.

Dog access

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

About this hunting block

Animals present are red deer and pigs.

General information

This block is part of the Catlins Conservation Park, taking in the Beresford Range and the Maclennan River catchment.

A significant amount of beech/tawhai forest covers the area, while there is a small amount of open ground at the Ajax Swamp. The terrain is rolling to steep.

Roar period

This block is split into roar blocks for the period 20 March to 20 April.

Catlins Tautuku roar block applicaton form (PDF, 205K) or (Word, 32K)

Catlins Maclennan roar block applicaton form (PDF, 205K) or (Word, 32K) 

To apply for the ballot, complete an application form and either post, email or drop it off to the Invercargill office.

  • If you post your application, include credit card or debit card details for payment.
  • If you email your application, phone the Invercargill Office to pay. We cannot accept credit card or debit card details via email.
  • If you visit the Invercargill Office, you can pay by credit card, debit card, EFTPOS or cash.
  • The ballot closes 30 November.

For roar block details contact the Murihiku/Invercargill Office.


There is public access via Catlins Road, approximately 3km past the Tawanui Camping Ground. Access along this road may not always be possible due to forestry operations. From here there is foot access into the block along the Catlins River Walk.

You must have landholder permission to access the block via other routes, including:

  • Via Chloris Pass Road off Owaka Valley Road, west of Owaka. The road is suitable for all vehicles to reach the car park at the Wisp picnic area, but you must obtain permission from the Wisp Run manager (gates may be locked). From the picnic area there is foot access into the block along the Catlins River Track.
  • Via Back Stream Road off Tahakopa Valley Road. You must obtain landholder permission for vehicle access beyond Tahakopa Valley Road. From the Conservation Park boundary, access is foot only.


Rayonier NZ Ltd (Tawanui/Catlins Road), Wisp Hill Ltd (Chloris Pass), Mr R Galbreath (Back Stream Road)

For information on which landholders to contact for other access routes, contact the local DOC office.


NZTopo50 series: CG13, CG14

Block Maps


Dogs are allowed in this block with a hunting permit. If accessing the block over private land, you must have landholder permission to take your dog.


Maclennan Hut


Ōwaka / Owaka Base
Phone:   +64 3 419 1000
Address:   16 Ryley Street
Owaka 9535
Postal Address:   16 Ryley Street
Owaka 9535
Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   0800 275 362
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   invercargill@doc.govt.nz
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
Postal Address:   PO Box 743
Invercargill 9840
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