Introduction

You can hunt red deer, fallow deer, chamois and pigs in the Eyre Mountains Conservation Park.

Species

  • Chamois
  • Deer - Fallow
  • Deer - Red
  • Pigs

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by an 'open area permit' which can be obtained online or from a DOC office.

Seasonal restrictions

No dogs between 1 September to 30 November.

Dog access

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

About this hunting block

The Eyre Mountains Conservation Park is situated to the south west of Lake Wakatipu. The park covers rugged, mountainous country of beech forest and alpine tussock interspersed with long narrow river valleys and a great variety of flora and fauna. Red and fallow deer are widespread and a good number of chamois can be found in the higher northern area of the park. 

Access

The park is approximately one hour’s drive from Invercargill or Queenstown. Access is from a number of points along SH6 between Kingston and Five Rivers and SH94, Mossburn to Te Anau Road. Note that many access routes into the park are on public access easements through private property. 

Respect local land owners by keeping to formed tracks and complying with the access information posted on signs. Permission to cross private land must be sought from the landowners. Forestry harvesting operations on private land may occur from time to time and result in road closures.

There is 4WD access to all the main valleys. These range from formed, metal roads to off-road tracks of varying conditions. The vehicle tracks into the Acton Valley, Windly Valley and upper Mataura River, cross rivers that need to be forded. Permission to cross private land must be sought from the landowners.

Maps

NZTopo50 maps - CD09, CD10. NZTopo50 maps are available from a DOC Visitor Centre near you.

For further mapping and access information refer to Walking Access Aotearoa or DOC maps. Both websites provide interactive mapping displaying information on huts, tracks and DOC land boundaries. The DOCmaps website contains hunting specific information (by clicking on the Open Hunting Permit Areas layer and clicking the mouse on any area of the map).

See a map of the Eyre Mountains Conservation Park (PDF, 1MB)

Animals present

Red deer - low numbers
Fallow deer - low numbers
Chamois - moderate numbers
Pigs - low numbers  

Dogs

Permits are required to hunt with dogs in the Eyre Mountains/Taka Rā Haka Conservation Park. See a map of the dog access area (PDF, 653K)

You can get permits from the Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre in Te Anau or Murihiku/Invercargill office.

  • Dogs must be registered and are not permitted in huts.
  • Date restriction: Permits will not be issued during the lambing and calving period 1 September to 30 November.
  • When crossing private land, dogs are to be on a leash until well into the forest and they must be kept under control at all times.
  • DOC must be notified regarding missing or lost dogs on conservation land.

Huts

Ashton Hut - 4 bunks
Beech Hut - 4 bunks
Cowshed Hut - 4 bunks
Cromel Base Hut - 6 bunks
Cromel Branch Hut - 4 bunks
Dog Box Hut - not for accommodation
Irthing Hut - 2 bunks
Islands Hut - 4 bunks
Lincoln Hut - 2 bunks
Lower Windley Hut - 2 bunks
Mansion Hut - 2 bunks
Mt Bee Bunkrooms - 8 bunks
Oreti Hut - 4 bunks
Shepherd Creek Hut - 6 bunks
Upper Cromel Hut - 2 bunks
Upper Oreti Hut - 6 bunks
Upper Windley Hut - 4 bunks

All the huts in the Eyre Mountains Conservation Park are classed as Basic huts and are free of charge. Not all huts have toilet facilities.

Additional information

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

Contacts

Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   +64 3 211 2400
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   invercargill@doc.govt.nz
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
Postal Address:   PO Box 743
Invercargill 9840
Te Rua-o-te-moko / Fiordland National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 249 7924
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   fiordlandvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Fiordland National Park
Visitor Centre
Lakefront Drive
Te Anau 9600
Postal Address:   PO Box 29
Te Anau 9640
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