You can hunt red deer, fallow deer, chamois and pigs in the Snowdon Forest, Mount Prospect and Margin Forest Conservation Areas.


  • 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 public holidays. 
  • No dogs 1 September to 30 November.

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. More information below or contact the relevant DOC office.

About this hunting block

Snowdon Forest is a picturesque area with open, grassed valleys, easy contour and rolling beech forest. 


Public access to the Snowdon Forest Conservation Area is signposted from the Mavora Lakes Road near Hikuraki Station and at Boyd Creek along the Te Anau/Milford Road near Te Anau Downs Station. Permission for access across all other farm land/private land must be obtained from landowners.


Depending on the access point, permission must be gained from:

  • Glenn Echo Station
  • Dale Farm (Landcorp)
  • Eweburn Station (Landcorp)
  • Haycocks Station (Landcorp)


NZTopo50 maps that show the area are - CC08, CC09, CD08, CD09. 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).

Animals present


Permits are required to hunt with dogs in the Snowdon Forest, Mount Prospect and Margin Forest Conservation Areas. See a map of the dog access area (PDF, 861K)

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.
  • Dogs are allowed in the Snowdon Forest for most of the year, except 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 forest and kept under control.
  • DOC must be notified regarding missing or lost dogs on conservation land.


Kiwi Burn Hut - 12 bunks fees apply
Army Hut - 4 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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