There are a series of reserves along the Mokau River where possums, goats and pigs are hunted.


  • Goats
  • Pigs
  • Possums

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.

Seasonal restrictions

No firearms allowed below Awakau Bridge from August to 30 November.

Dog access

Dogs (restricted numbers) allowed.

About this hunting block

Goats, pigs and possumes are present.

No firearms are allowed below the Awakau Bridge during whitebait season from 15 August to 30 November each year.

General information

Permits are available online as 'Taranaki Forests' under the Central North Island hunting block.

The Mokau River hunting area covers a series of reserves along both sides of this popular recreational river. The river is the key access point for hunters and a focal point for fishing, whitebaiting, jet boating and kayaking.

Goats and pigs are present in low/medium numbers as this area gets annual goat control by DOC staff.

The 2273 ha area features narrow river flats that rise to steep bluffs and ridges further inland.

Much of the area has been logged and burnt in the past and features semi-coastal species such as karaka, cabbage tree and nikau with tawa, beech, kohekohe and mānuka higher on the ridges.

Map A of Mokau River hunting block (PDF, 1259K)
Map B of Mokau River hunting block (PDF, 1204K)


By boat from Mokau River


NZTopo50 BG31 and BG32


Dogs are prohibited except where authorisation has been granted by DOC. People wishing to take a dog into this area should seek authorisation from the local DOC office. To take dogs across private property you must get permission from the landowner.


There are no DOC huts in this reserve.


Egmont National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 6 756 0990
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   2879 Egmont Rd
Egmont National Park
Postal Address:   PO Box 462
New Plymouth 4340
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