You can hunt red deer in the Tahakopa Bay hunting block located across the Tahakopa River from the Papatowai township.


  • Deer - Red

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by a 'restricted area permit'. Contact the DOC office managing the hunting area.

Seasonal restrictions

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Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this hunting block

Animals present are red deer.

General information

This block is part of the Tahakopa Bay Scenic Reserve.

Tahakopa Bay is an historic moa hunter site, surrounded by middens in the dunes and estuary. The terrain is flat and covered in mature podocarp forest. There are large swampy sections through the middle of the reserve, and some large ponds providing habitat for water fowl.

The popular Old Coach Road Track runs along the Tahakopa river boundary, while the Old Possumers Track runs diagonally from the river to the beach, through the centre of the reserve. Hunting is not permitted within 100 m of these tracks.


Tahakopa Bay Scenic Reserve lies across the Tahakopa River from the Papatowai township. Access is from the car park on the Papatowai Highway, or from Puaho Road or Tahakopa Beach Road at the north end of Tahakopa Bay.


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Dogs are allowed in this block with a hunting permit. They must be kept on a lead at all times while near the public walking tracks. If accessing the block over private land, you must have landholder permission to take your dog.


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