Moderate numbers of red deer, and low numbers of chamois and possums, can be found throughout the Cascade-Hope- Gorge area.

Hunting block overview


  • Chamois
  • Deer - Red
  • Possums

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by an 'open area permit' which can be obtained online or from a DOC office.

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this hunting block

General information

This area covers the entire Cascade Valley and the adjacent Hope and Gorge valleys that extend west towards the coast.  The southern parts include the Red Hills and Olivine Ranges.  

The area is a mix of mostly open river valleys, forested hillsides and extensive areas of open tussock range. Vegetation is predominantly beech/hardwood forest but there are areas of podocarp at lower altitudes and large areas of short stature manuka/pink pine forest on infertile ultramafic glacial terraces in the Gorge Valley.

For further information contact the local DOC office.


Foot access into the area is difficult and most hunters use helicopters.

The Cascade is accessed off the end of the Jackson Bay-Cascade Road that ends at a locked gate beside the Martyr River. It is possible but difficult to walk into the Cascade from this point without crossing private land. There is a helicopter landing site at the locked gate. Foot access across private land on the lower Cascade flats requires permission from the landowner which is generally not given. 

Travel in the middle Cascade valley is good along open river flats and bush terraces upstream as far as Falls Creek where the Cascade Gorge begins.  The lower Cascade is not easy to reach on foot and is mostly swamps and wetlands.

The lower Hope River can be accessed by the Barn Bay-Cascade Road, an old vehicle track that runs from the Cascade flats to the coast but permission is required (but generally not given) to use this track across freehold land. Foot travel up the Hope from the river mouth is easy.

The best access into the Hope is by helicopter to one of several good camp sites in the main valley. There are no recognised camp sites in the adjacent Frieda Creek. Travel in the Hope valley is good along open river flats and bush terraces.

The best access into the Gorge River is by helicopter to several campsites along the length of the valley. Travel in the mid and upper valley and the Duncan is good. Lower down the river passes through gorges before reaching the coast.

Callery Creek and Spoon River are both small streams that run to the coast. They can be accessed by helicopter and there are several places suitable for camping and there is an old hut in the mid Spoon.                                                                 


The Cascade flats around Martyr homestead are privately owned and access is generally not permitted. Lower down the Cascade there is freehold land owned by Maurice Nolan phone + 64 3 750 0824.


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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 local DOC office.


There is one private hut near the mouth of the Hope River and a minimally maintained hut in the mid-Spoon River.


Moderate numbers of red deer can be found throughout the area at any time of the year however spring hunting on the grassed flats and during the Roar is most popular. Bush and river flat hunting is good. Few deer are found on the unfertile terraces and the open tops are regularly hunted by helicopter. 

There are 12 balloted Roar blocks (See section on roar ballot information) and one open block in the lower Cascade Valley.

Chamois are found throughout in low numbers. Possums are controlled by DOC so are usually 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 on this site 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.


Awarua / Haast Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 750 0809
Address:   Haast Junction
Corner SH6 and Jackson Bay Road
South Westland
Full office details
Weheka / Fox Glacier Base
Phone:   +64 3 751 0807
Address:   Main Road
Fox Glacier
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