The Mōkihinui is a large river system inland from Seddonville with a distinct north and south split at Mōkihinui Forks. Hunt red deer, goats, hares and low numbers of chamois.


  • Chamois
  • Deer - Red
  • Goats

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 with a DOC permit only. More information below or contact the relevant DOC office.

About this hunting block

General information

The Mōkihinui is a large river system inland from Seddonville with a distinct north and south split at Mōkihinui Forks. The central parts of each valley have open riverbeds and forested terraces but the lower and upper reaches are steeper and narrower with numerous gorges. There are many smaller side streams and rivers, many quite easy to walk up.

The vegetation is a mix of silver beech, podocarp and broadleaf forests with small areas of open tops in the headwaters. There are extensive earthquake slips throughout the valley.


The track to Mōkihinui Forks is not regularly maintained and starts about 4 km upstream from Seddonville. It is a long days walk to the Forks. Beyond this point travel is in the river bed with many river crossings required. Both the north and south branches are accessible on foot.  Both rivers are quite large and care must be taken when crossing.

There is a difficult route from the Mōkihinui South Branch to the Lyell River and an old non-maintained track up the Johnson River to the Wangapeka track.

There is a helicopter service available at Karamea.


There is no need to cross private land to access this area.


NZTopo50 maps BR22, BQ22, BQ23, BR23.


This area is mostly in a national park and dogs are not permitted. In other areas 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.



  • Red deer can be found throughout the area at any time of the year however spring hunting on the river flats and the Roar is most popular. 
  • Chamois are found mainly in the alpine areas in low numbers. 
  • Hares are found throughout. 
  • Possums are controlled in two small areas by DOC. 
  • Goats are common especially in the North Branch. Trout fishing is good.

Additional information

Hunters are advised to check for current pesticide operations that may be in progress where they intend to hunt. 

The use of shotguns, shotgun-rifle combos, .22 calibre and rim-fire firearms is prohibited on public conservation land unless stated otherwise.


Kawatiri / Westport Office
Phone:   0800 275 362
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   paparoavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   Russell Street
Westport 7825
Postal Address:   PO Box 357
Westport 7866
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