You can find red deer, pigs and feral sheep in the Waianakarua hunting block.


  • Deer - Red
  • Feral sheep
  • 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

Animals present are red deer, pigs and feral sheep.

General information

This block is part of the Waianakarua Scenic Reserve, situated southwest of Herbert.

A significant amount of kānuka forest covers the area; while the tops on the western side are covered in tussock. Broadleaf, podocarp and tōtara are present in most of the valleys. The terrain of the area is steep.

Roar period information

This block is split into six roar blocks with the inclusion of a seventh block to the south-east of the main reserve.

Blocks are allocated through a ballot draw and are allocated for a three or four-day period.

The balloted period is for the 20 March to 20 April.

Coastal Otago roar block application form (PDF, 103K)

  • Applications are only accepted through the official application form, available on this page.
  • Applications will be accepted from 1 October.
  • The last date applications will be accepted is 20 November.
  • The application form will be limited to two choices.
  • You can submit only one application per party.
  • All party members must be listed on the application.
  • No individual may be involved in more than one application.

Applicants will be advised by e-text of the outcome of the draw by the first Friday in December.

Successful applicants must confirm their block before the third Friday in December, via email.

If confirmation has not been received by the third Friday in December, the booking will be cancelled, and the block reallocated – no reminders will be issued.

Reallocation of blocks

Any unconfirmed blocks will be available to parties that were unsuccessful in the ballot draw.

Any remaining blocks will be made available to all hunters who did not enter the draw.

Permit issue

The roar permits will be emailed/mailed out to roar block holders on or after 23 January.

Administration fee

At this stage, no administration fee will be charged for the roar ballot, although this fee may be introduced in future ballots to cover the costs associated with administering the roar block system.


Access to the main block is via Mount Misery Road off State Highway One north of Hampden. The road is suitable for all vehicles to reach the car park. This area is marked by a Waianakarua Scenic Reserve sign on the left.

There is also a further access point further up this road at the entrance to Glencoe Run. This access is suitable for 4WD vehicles only and is through a privately-owned working farm. Follow orange markers along the formed track to the carpark.

Vehicle access may be reduced if track conditions are too wet.

South-east smaller block

Access to the smaller block to the south-east of the main block is through negotiations with Port Blakley Ltd as no formal access is available.


Access to the main reserve is via Glencoe Run. Hunting is not permitted on this or any other access crossing private land.

Access to the smaller block is via Port Blackley Ltd.

Port Blackley Ltd contact details

Phone: +64 3 688 2173


NZTopo50 series: CC17, CC18

Hunting block map

ROAR block maps


Staircase Hut

Staircase Hut – this is a privately owned hut and permission from the owners is required to use it.

Kahikatea Lodge

Kahikatea Lodge is owned and managed by the New Zealand Deerstalkers - North Otago Branch.

Bookings are necessary and must be made by text to +64 27 634 6613.

It is a 6-bunk standard DOC hut. Facilities on site include: a composting toilet, a wood burner, water tanks, solar power, meat safe and bench.

Location: Waianakarua Scenic Reserve. Access is via Mount Misery Road
GPS Location: NZTM E: 1416263.6075 N: 4984215.5824

All donations go towards maintenance of the hut.

Know before you go


Dogs are allowed in this block with a hunting permit. If accessing the block over private land, you must have dogs contained in your vehicle. Dogs must be on a lead when walking to the reserve from the carpark.

Help control wallabies in this area by reporting sightings

Wallabies can displace other species, affect pastures and native species' habitats.
They also potentially impact production and native ecosystems.

Report your sighting online – it only takes a few minutes.

You can also report wallaby sightings by calling 0800 80 99 66.

More about why wallabies are a problem.


Ōtepoti / Dunedin Office
Phone:   03 477 0677
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   dunedinoffice@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Level 1 John Wickliffe House
265 Princes Street
Dunedin 9016
Postal Address:   PO Box 5244
Dunedin 9054
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