Chamois are relatively easy to find in the Fox Glacier to Karangarua hunting block. You can also hunt red deer, thar, and goats.


  • Chamois
  • Deer - Red
  • Goats
  • Tahr

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 Copland or Fox Glacier valleys 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

No hunting allowed in the Fox Glacier Valley below the 500 metre above sea level contour. This is because of the high visitor numbers.


Access to the area is off SH6. Foot access up several short valleys is possible directly off the highway. Access is easy lower down but very steep higher up. Access up the TR Cook River along riverbed and bush terraces is possible but above the Balfour River travel becomes more difficult. There are no approved helicopter landing sites in the Cook River valley.


There is no need to cross any leased or privately owned land to access this area.


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Parts of this area are Westland Tai Poutini National Park and dogs are not permitted. All other 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.


Red deer can be found throughout the area in low numbers. Chamois are throughout the area and are relatively easy to find both at low and higher altitudes. Hunting slips and open stream beds is often successful. 

There are Tahr in the upper Cook valley. There is a population of Goats in Havelock Creek.

Know before you go

Check for current pesticide operations that may be in progress where you intend to hunt. Use the West Coast pesticide summary map.


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
Awarua/Haast Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 750 0809
Email haastvc@doc.govt.nz
Address Haast Junction
Corner SH6 and Jackson Bay Road
Haast 7886
Hours See visitor centre hours
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