A combined open zone and block system is in operation. Most blocks are suitable for six hunters; parties are limited to 12 people and 10 rifles. Each party may only book one block per hunting trip.
Bookings for blocks can be made up to 12 months in advance. There is a non-refundable $30 administration fee per block booking. This payment must be received by the Department of Conservation on Stewart Island/Rakiura within three weeks of the booking being made.
Confirmation of the booking is required 60 days prior to your arrival on the island. To confirm a booking, you must submit the form sent to you when you paid the administration fee requesting details of the party members. Names of hunters and their firearms licence numbers must be submitted on this form, along with details of transport to the block and any hut fees should be paid at this time. Failure to do this will result in cancellation of the booking.