You can hunt red deer and wild pigs in the Rowallan Forest Conservation Area and the Lindsay Ecological Area.


  • 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 dogs during Easter, Labour weekend and between, 20 December and 31 January.

About this hunting block

The Rowallan Forest is located in western Southland to the east of Lake Hauroko and boarding Fioldland National Park. The vegetation is predominately beech forest and the terrain is rolling. 

The Lindsay Ecological Area, within the Rowallan Forest, and covers approximately 126 ha of moderately steep lowland hill country of beech and podocarp forest. Crown fern is the dominant ground cover. 


There is access into the northern part of the Rowallan by the forestry road from the Clifden – Hauroko Road however the network of forest roads via the Grove Burn on the south coast road is more popular.

Access to the Lindsay Ecological Area can be gained north of Tuatapere off SH99 by following forestry roads or just south of Clifden on SH99 turning onto Lillburn Valley Road/Otway Road, and then following forestry roads.


NZTopo50 maps - CF07, CF08

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.  


  • 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.
  • No dogs allowed during Easter, Labour weekend and between, 20 December and 31 January.


There are no DOC huts available.

The closest hut is Thicket Burn Hut which is administered by the New Zealand Deerstalkers Association.

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
Email:   invercargill@doc.govt.nz
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
Postal Address:   PO Box 743
Invercargill 9840
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