You can hunt red deer, fallow deer and pigs in the Caroline Bush and Wadworth scenic reserves.


  • Deer - Fallow
  • Deer - Red
  • Goats

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 allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this hunting block

Caroline Bush Scenic Reserve is approximately 67 ha of beech, podocarp and broadleaved forest on a gentle easterly slope.

Wadworth Scenic Reserve is approximately 41 ha of beech and regenerating broadleaved forest with relatively steep gullies.

Note: Hunting in the Glenure Scenic Reserve is no longer permitted. 


Caroline Bush is split into two blocks. One block has access adjacent to the Dipton-Balfour Road 7 km northeast of Dipton. The second block can be accessed from Bell Road which is across private land.

Wadworth can be accessed from SH6 north of Benmore along Mathews Road and then across private land.

Access which is across private property requires prior permission from the landowners.


NZTopo50 map - CE10

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

Animals present

Red deer - low numbers
Fallow deer - low numbers
Goats - low numbers


  • Dogs must be registered and are not permitted in huts. 
  • When crossing private land, dogs are to be on a leash until well into the forest and kept under control.
  • DOC must be notified regarding missing or lost dogs on conservation land.

Hut information

There are no DOC huts available.

Additional information

If possuming, a permit must be obtained by visiting the DOC Murihiku Office in Invercargill.


Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   +64 3 211 2400
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
Postal Address:   PO Box 743
Invercargill 9840
Back to top