No hunting in Franz Josef valley 20 December to 31 January and between Good Friday and Easter Monday.
The Wanganui is a major river system about 50 km north of Franz Josef. It has three major head branches well up the valley and several smaller side streams. All these valleys are popular destinations for hunting.
The lower valley upstream from the SH6 bridge is a series of river flats and bush terraces that extend upstream to Jones Flat and the Hunter Hut. Above here the main valley closes in and the other branches become impassable gorges.
The area is mostly hardwood forest, dense alpine scrub at higher altitudes and tussock faces. The landforms are mostly very steep and broken especially on the north facing slopes but there are extensive terraces and river flats below the junction at Jones Flat.
Bridge removed: The Lambert River swing bridge has been removed. You will need to cross the river on foot. This is a difficult crossing.
Access to the Wanganui is off SH6. Vehicle access on the north side crosses private land and permission will need to be obtained from the landowner.
The upper parts of the Wanganui are mostly part of the Adams Wilderness Area and helicopter landings are not permitted.
Lower Wanganui vehicle access on the north bank crosses freehold land. Ring Glenis Black +64 3 753 3197. Walking access is permitted.
NZTopo50 BW17, BW18.
All areas are prohibited to dogs except where authorisation has been granted by DOC. People wishing to take a dog into this area should seek authorisation from the DOC office in Franz Josef.
There are two public huts in this area: Hunters Hut at Jones Flat and Smyth Hut. Hut fees apply.
Hunters are advised to check for current pesticide operations that may be in progress where they intend to hunt. Summaries are published on this site every four months.
The use of shotguns, shotgun-rifle combos, .22 calibre and rim-fire firearms are prohibited on public conservation land unless stated otherwise.
Latest pesticide summary for the Western South Island covering the West Coast region.
How to hunt safely, reducing the fire risk, rules for hunting on public conservation land, hunting with dogs, overseas hunters, and hunting gear lists.
This area has a campsite, short walks with spectacular views or rimu forest, as well as remote tramping and hunting opportunities.