Find out about Wild Animal Recovery Operations on Stewart Island/Rakiura, including permitted periods and blocks, and concession requirements.
  • Wild animal recovery (live deer capture) via helicopter is permitted on Stewart Island.
  • Applicants must have a current WARO concession for Stewart Island and must notify the Field Centre Supervisor, Stewart Island 48 hours prior to each trip authorised under the permit.
  • WARO operations may only take place on the hunting blocks not already booked by recreational ground hunters, or have been closed for management purposes.
  • Recreational ground hunters may still book the same hunting block after the WARO operation has been approved and be present in the area when a WARO operation takes place.
  • Other conditions may apply – contact the supervisor:
Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 219 0009
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   15 Main Road
Postal Address:   PO Box 3
Rakiura/Stewart Island 9846
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