Introduction

You can hunt red deer and pigs in the Waikoau Forest Conservation Area.

Species

  • 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.

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this hunting block

The Waikoau Forest area is comprised of two areas totalling 234 ha. One area is to the east of the Waikōau River and the other area is to the west of the Hump Burn. Both these areas are adjacent to public walking tracks, no hunting is permitted within 500 m of huts or tracks. 

Access

Both areas can be accessed by following the Papatotara Coast Road, parking at Rarakau car park and then by foot along the South Coast Track.

Maps

NZTopo50 map - CF07

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.  

Animals present

Red deer - moderate numbers
Pigs - moderate numbers

Dogs

  • 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.

Huts

There are no DOC huts available.

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
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