You can hunt red deer, goats and pigs in the Woodlaw Forest.


  • Deer - Red
  • Goats
  • 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.

Dog access

Dogs allowed. Keep dog under control at all times.

About this hunting block

Located in Western Southland, and to the north of the Longwood Range, the Woodlaw Forest covers 781 ha of rolling terrain with beech and podocarp forest. The open tops contain large areas of tussock grasslands and wetlands. 


Access can be gained from the Ōtautau - Nightcaps Road, Nightcaps - Ohai Highway, Ohai - Clifden Highway onto logging roads of which gates may be locked and require permission from Rayonier New Zealand Ltd.


Rayonier -


NZTopo50 maps - CF08, CF09

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 - high numbers
Goats - low numbers
Pigs - low numbers


  • 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.


There are no DOC huts available.

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
Address:   7th Floor
CUE on Don
33 Don Street
Invercargill 9810
Postal Address:   PO Box 743
Invercargill 9840
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