The Okuru and Turnbull valleys are both alpine valleys with large grassed river flats and steep glacial formed faces. Hunt hares, moderate numbers of red deer and low numbers of chamois.


  • 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.

Dog access

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

About this hunting block


The Okuru and Turnbull valleys are both alpine valleys with large grassed river flats and steep glacial formed faces. The vegetation is mostly silver beech with some areas of podocarp and hardwood forest.  Cattle are grazed in both valleys.

Hunting ballots

There are seven balloted roar blocks available between March and April.  

These roar blocks are:

  • Block 48 – Okuru Head
  • Block 47 – Ngatau River
  • Block 46 – Upper Okuru
  • Block 45B – Middle Creek Okuru
  • Block 45A – Lower Okuru
  • Block 44 – Lower Turnbull
  • Block 43 – Upper Turnbull

More information and how to apply for the roar ballot.


The Okuru and Turnbull valleys are approached on the Haast-Jackson Bay Road south of Haast, or by helicopter.

Access to both valleys is off the Haast-Jackson Bay Road at Okuru, following the  Turnbull Road on the north bank of the Turnbull River. A locked gate at 6 km restricts vehicle access beyond this point. Contact the landowner for access through this area. Both valleys are leased for grazing cattle in the lower to mid reaches. Access to the valleys follow stock tracks.

The upper valleys have areas of open river flats alternated with heavily forested sections. Travel up the valleys is reasonable throughout much of the area but the valley sides are very steep.


Helicopter Landings into Mount Aspiring National Park and Public Conservation Land are permitted by DOC Approved Aircraft Concessionaires only.


Grazing license and privately owned land will need to be crossed in order to gain ground access to this area. You must contact the landowners to gain permission.

Contact Haast Visitor Centre for landowner contact details.


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There are no DOC huts in this area.


Moderate numbers of red deer can be found throughout the area at any time of the year however spring hunting on the grass flats and the roar is most popular.

Chamois are found throughout in low numbers.

Hares are found throughout.

Know before you go

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

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


Tititea / Mount Aspiring National Park Visitor Centre
Phone:   03 4437660
Email:   wanakavc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   1 Ballantyne Road
Wanaka 9305
Postal Address:   PO Box 93
Wanaka 9343
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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