Closed for hunting over December and January.
The Blue Mountains Forest Conservation Area is gazetted as a Recreational Hunting Area (RHA). The area has been divided into 22 hunting blocks which are balloted monthly from February through to the end of November. The area is then closed for hunting over December and January.
Applications for the ballot close on the first of the month prior to the month applied for. Permits are issued for a maximum of 3 days during the week, or weekends only. Only one application per person/party will be accepted.
All permits issued for the Blue Mountains must be returned with the hunting returns section completed. Hunters who fail to provide hunting returns may not be issued with future hunting permits.
The RHA is dominated by silver beech forest with large open tussock tops to the west. The bush in the northern area is much shorter and denser. The RHA is surrounded by exotic forest plantations to the east and northwest and by farmland to the southwest.
From Hill Jacks Road end on foot to hunting blocks – Cattle Flat, Rankleburn, Smithys Spur, Brandy Gully and Whiskey Gully. All other access is via Ernslaw One Ltd. Forestry access is via combination lock through certain gates, details are provided on a map which is issued with the permit. From either SH1 or SH90, the Blue Mountains are accessed from forestry roads leading off Rankleburn Road.
Note: due to constant vandalism and security issues Ernslaw One may restrict access to foot traffic only. To reduce the risk of this happening use only the gates specified and report any suspicious behaviour to Ernslaw One or DOC.
Ernslaw One Ltd: +64 3 204 8061
Ernslaw One manage the exotic forest plantations and run their own balloted hunting blocks in that area. Permission to hunt within the exotic forest plantations must be sought from them.
Contact David for access to Brandy Gully, a phone number will be provided on the bottom of the Brandy Gully permits.
To apply for the ballot, you will need to complete an application form and either post, email or drop it off to the Invercargill office. If you post your application you will need to include credit card or debit card details for payment. If you would like to email your application you will need to phone the Invercargill Office to pay, we can not accept credit card or debit card details via email. Alternatively, you can pop into the Invercargill Office and pay by credit card, debit card, EFTPOS, or cash over the counter.
NZTopo50 maps - CE13, CE14, CF13, CF14
A selection of Topo50 maps which cover the Southland region are available to purchase from the DOC Murihiku Office.
If you require a map that is not supplied at the Murihiku Office, you can download maps or check out a list of other retailers on the Land Information New Zealand website.
Block Map - Armstrong (PDF, 1577K)
Block Map - Back Stream (PDF, 1548K)
Block Map - Black Gully (PDF, 1469K)
Block Map - Blackcleugh (PDF, 1577K)
Block Map - Brandy (PDF, 1467K)
Block Map - Brooksdale (PDF, 1455K)
Block Map - Carsons (PDF, 1671K)
Block Map - Cattle Flat (PDF, 1557K)
Block Map - Chris's (PDF, 1667K)
Block Map - Clarks (PDF, 1536K)
Block Map - Dish (PDF, 1739K)
Block Map - Dunn Creek (PDF, 1515K)
Block Map - Garden Gully(PDF, 1509K)
Block Map - Glenburnie (PDF, 1480K)
Block Map - Gorge Creek (PDF, 1546K)
Block Map - Long Gully (PDF, 1741K)
Block Map - Myles (PDF, 1635K)
Block Map - Packers (PDF, 1651K)
Block Map - Rankleburn (PDF, 1560K)
Block Map - Smithys Spur (PDF, 1521K)
Block Map - Tramway (PDF, 1656K)
Block Map - Westwood (PDF, 1557K)
Block Map - Whisky (PDF, 1460K)
This .gpx file is compatible with most GPS handheld units.
There are no DOC huts available.