You can hunt red deer, fallow deer, chamois and pigs in the Mavora Lakes Park.


  • 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' – get it online or from a DOC office.

Seasonal restrictions

No hunting within a 1 km radius of the Mavora Lakes from 20 December to 31 January or on public holidays.

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this hunting block

The Mavora Lakes Park covers approximately 35,000 ha of rugged, steep, scree mountain country.  Vegetation cover is beech forest, scrubland and tussock grasslands. The area has a cool temperate climate with an annual rainfall of 1600 – 5600 mm. Snow may lie for several weeks above 1000 m during winter.


Access to the Mavora area is from either Mavora Lakes Road or Centre Hill Road, both leading off from the Mossburn/Te Anau SH94. 


NZTopo50 maps - CC08, CC09, CD08, CD09. NZTopo50 maps are available from a DOC Visitor Centre near you.

For further mapping and access information see Walking Access Aotearoa or DOC maps. Both websites provide interactive mapping displaying information on huts, tracks and DOC land boundaries. The DOC maps website contains hunting specific information.

Animals present

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


You can hunt with dogs in the Mavora Lakes Park, permits for dogs are not required.

See a map of the dog access area (PDF, 940K)

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

Hut information

Boundary Hut - 8 bunks (fees apply)
Careys Hut - 8 bunks (fees apply)
Forks Hut - 4 bunks (free)
Westburn Hut - 6 bunks (free)

Additional information 

If possuming, a permit must be obtained by visiting either the DOC office in Murihiku/Invercargill or Te Anau.


Murihiku / Invercargill Office
Phone:   0800 275 362
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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