Saltwater Forest is approximately 7 km south of Hari Hari. Red deer and low numbers of chamois present.


  • Chamois
  • Deer - Red

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 hunting in Franz Josef valley 20 December to 31 January and between Good Friday and Easter Monday.

Dog access

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

About this hunting block

General information

Saltwater Forest is approximately 7 km south of Hari Hari. The area is mostly rimu dominant podcarp forest. Low lying areas are generally wet and swampy. A large lagoon is found on the western side. Bush is typically dense and makes hunting difficult. 


Main access point is from Mt Hercules where a gravel road leaves SH6 and heads west into the forest. The main road into the forest is maintained but all other side roads are not. A walking track provides access to Saltwater Lagoon.

Access is also possible onto the north and eastern side from Peterson Road, though the Poerua River has to be crossed on foot. Access is also possible from the south western side, but the Whataroa River has to be crossed and landowner permission obtained.


There is no need to cross any pastoral lease or privately owned land to access this area. However landowner permission may be needed depending on access point.


Topographical map 260 series: I34


Dogs are prohibited in all areas 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.


There are no public huts in this area.


Red deer can be found throughout the area at any time of the year however spring hunting and the Roar is most popular.  Chamois may be present in low numbers.

Additional information

Hunters are advised to check for current pesticide operations that may be in progress where they intend to hunt. Summaries are published every four months.

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


Westland Tai Poutini National Park Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 752 0360
Email westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
Address 69 Cron Street
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Hours See visitor centre hours
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