The Lower Greenstone hunting block offers opportunities to hunt fallow deer, red deer and chamois.

Hunting block overview


  • Chamois
  • Deer - Fallow
  • Deer - Red

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by a 'restricted area permit' which must be obtained from the DOC office managing the hunting area.

Dog access

No dogs

About this hunting block

Animals present are fallow deer, red deer and chamois.

General information

This block consists mainly of bush on either side of the Greenstone, from the Greenstone/Caples River junction up to the Greenstone/Steele Creek junction.

The Lower Greenstone block is restricted and is only available from 1 April to 30 September. You need to get a permit specifically for this block, issued from the local DOC office by way of two ballot draws.


From the Greenstone road end follow the Caples River for 30 minutes and then cross the swingbridge just above the junction with the Greenstone. The hunting block starts about 2 km up the Greenstone Valley.


The Greenstone Valley floor is private land, owned by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. No hunting is permitted on or within 100 metres of the river flats. Access agreements allow for walking and carrying firearms up the valley.

Hunters who are allocated a block in the ballot draw must advise the farm manager before entering the valley. Contact Routeburn Station, Stuart Percy, ph +64 3 442 9901.


NZTopo50 series: CB09, CB10, CC09

Lower Greenstone hunting block map (PDF, 1,420K)


Dogs are not permitted in this block, or in any part of the Greenstone/Caples Recreational Hunting Area (RHA).


Additional information

  • There are two ballot draws per year - one for April/May (the roar) and the other for June to September. Find out more about the ballots and ballot process.
  • From 1 October to 31 March the Greenstone/Caples RHA is closed to hunting.
  • Commercial or guided hunting is not permitted in this block.


Whakatipu-wai-Māori / Queenstown Office
Phone:   +64 3 442 7933
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   Cavells Building
1 Arthurs Point Road
Postal Address:   PO Box 811
Queenstown 9348
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