Moderate numbers of red deer can be found throughout these main catchments of the lower true right of the Haast valley.


  • 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 Thomas – Roaring Billy – Macfarlane are the main catchments of the lower true right of the Haast valley.

There are three distinct valleys to visit, as well as the more easily accessed flats and faces of the true right, north side, of the Haast Valley.

True left of the South Haast Valley hunting.

The forests are mostly silver beech with some areas of podocarps in the lower valleys. There are extensive tussock tops although they can be difficult to access on foot.

Hunting ballots

There are seven balloted roar blocks between March and April covering this area.

More information and how to apply for the roar ballot.


The area is approached on SH6 from either Haast or Wanaka, but requires crossing of the Haast River which is best done by boat or helicopter.

The major barrier to access of this area is the Haast River, however many visitors and locals use the river to access the area by jet boat or kayak.

The upper reaches of these valleys are most commonly accessed by helicopter.

Foot access

Crossing the Haast River on foot is possible only rarely during unusually low flows and in only a handful of locations. Crossing on foot is not recommended.

The Thomas Valley and Roaring Billy Valleys both have rough walking tracks in the lower sections that finish at the huts in each valley. Travel times are about 4 hours to the Thomas Hut and 4 hours to the Roaring Billy Hut. However, these tracks receive little use and are not regularly maintained so travel times can be longer. The Macfarlane Valley has no tracks or huts however the valley head has good access upstream of the top flats.


The Haast Valley river flats are held under a grazing licence, permission is required to hunt these areas. Contact Department of Conservation, Haast Visitor Centre for further information.


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There are two huts in this area:

Helicopter landing sites are available at both huts. Tracks to huts are not regularly maintained.


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 can found throughout in low numbers.

Tahr are occasionally seen in the head of the Macfarlane.

The Haast and Thomas Rivers are popular trout fishing areas during the season.

Get a fishing licence to fish.

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.


Franz Josef Glacier Base
Phone:   +64 3 752 0796
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   westlandnpvc@doc.govt.nz
Address:   13 State Highway 6
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
Postal Address:   PO Box 14
Franz Josef Glacier 7856
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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