Find about hunting on Stewart Island/Rakiura including where to hunt, access, permits, hunting blocks, bookings, places to stay.


We are offering bookings refunds to our huts and campsites for reasons related to COVID-19. See DOC's response to COVID-19.

COVID-19: All hunters should stay at home

Hunters should not to head into the hills or backcountry for hunting while New Zealand is at COVID-19 Alert Level 4.

Hunting will expose them and others to higher levels of risk and put pressure on the emergency services if they have to respond. 

No hunting permits are being issued during this time. We have temporarily disabled the function on our website which allows hunters to apply for permits. 

White-tailed deer may be found in moderate numbers all over Stewart Island/Rakiura. Red deer are found in moderate numbers in the Northwest.

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Getting there

Stewart Island/Rakiura is located south of the South Island and is 20 minutes by plane from Invercargill or an hour by ferry from Bluff. The road network is limited to the Oban Township, so access to the rest of the Island is by boat, plane or walking.

Know before you go


Stewart Island/Rakiura has a cool climate with few temperature extremes. In winter the average temperature is 10 C, in summer it is 16.5 C. Annual rainfall is not high near the coast (1600 mm rising to 3000 mm in the hills) but is distributed relatively evenly throughout the year with rain falling on 200- 250 days. Situated in the roaring forties persistent westerly winds prevail sometimes rising to gale force.

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