You can hunt red deer, fallow deer and wild pigs in the Takitimu Conservation Area.


  • 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 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

The Takitimu Mountains Conservation Area is situated to the south west of Mossburn. It covers rugged, mountainous country of beech forest and alpine tussock interspersed with long narrow river valleys and a great variety of flora and fauna. 


Public access points into the Takitimu Conservation Area are located at the end of Princhester Road and along the Aparima River Track at the end of Dunrobin Valley Road. Adjoining landowners generally grant access across their properties if asked, but permission must be obtained.


Pleasant Valley Station
Waterloo Station


NZTopo50 maps that show this area are - CE08, CE09. 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 Takitimu Conservation Area (PDF, 1MB)

Animals present

Red deer - low numbers
Fallow deer - low numbers
Pigs - low numbers


Permits are required to hunt with dogs in the Takitimu Conservation Area - see a map of the access area (PDF, 986K)

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

  • Dogs must be registered and are not permitted in huts.
  • 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 forest and kept under control.
  • DOC must be notified regarding missing or lost dogs on conservation land.

Hut information

Aparima Forks Hut - 2 bunks (free)
Aparima Hut - 12 bunks (fees apply)
Becketts Hut - 4 bunks (free)
Cheviot Downs Hut - 6 bunks (fees apply)
Lower Princhester Hut - 6 bunks (fees apply)
Lower Wairaki Hut - 4 bunks (free)
Redcliff Hut - 2 bunks (free)
Spence Hut -2 bunks (free)
Telford Hut - 2 bunks (free)
Upper Princhester Hut - 2 bunks (free)
Upper Wairaki Hut - 2 bunks (free)
Whare Creek Hut - 2 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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