Local Hunting Regulations

Gamebird Hunting Regulations and Guides are updated annually.

Please be aware at all times of local and national regulations to ensure the safety of others and the sustainability of game bird hunting.
A more detailed map of the northern boundary can be found below.  All Fish & Game regional boundaries are shown on the Walking Access Commission website.

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Auckland/Waikato Fish & Game Region

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Hunting in Auckland/Waikato

Hunting today suffers many threats; wetland drainage, habitat deprivation, pollution, the animal rights lobby, eco-fundamentalists, paranoia over firearms and worst off all, indifference.

There are groups who safeguard and share your interests. To join a group concerned with gamebird hunting and the outdoors, please contact your local user group.

Hunting on Fish & Game and Crown land

A General Authority (free to all licenceholders) is required to hunt on Fish & Game land – some 1700ha being owned by the Auckland/Waikato Region purchased from hunters’ and anglers’ funds. The Authority can be obtained by emailing a request or sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Auckland/Waikato Fish & Game, 156 Brymer Rd, RD 9, Hamilton 3289.

To hunt on Crown land managed by the Department of Conservation (DOC) you require a similar permit (also free) obtained from DOC or from Fish & Game by emailing a request.

Forestry Permits

Rayonier Forests: Tairua (Whangamata); Maramarua (Te Kauwhata); and Waihou (Te Aroha).   Permits for Rayonier Forest blocks can be obtained from our office, emailing a request or by selecting here to go to the form to fill in via this website.  The cost of the permit for the season is $50 (please bring cash as eftpos is not available or can be done via internet banking) and covers all four forests.  This fee is to cover all processing fees, colour maps, as well as Public Liability Insurance while hunting in any of their forests.  

Hunters requiring a permit must provide the following details by using the emailing a request option or have this information when at our office:

  1. Name, address and phone number/s
  2. Date of Birth
  3. Game bird licence number
  4. Firearms licence number
  5. Vehicle registration
  6. Dog registration number

Kinleith Forest: Owned by Hancock Natural Resource Group, Managed by Taumata Forests, Tokoroa.  
Contact:  Kinleith Forest Recreation Club, The Secretary,  kfrc@xtra.co.nz


Take a Mate Hunting - for only $4

Do you have a mate, relative, friend, co-worker or know somebody who is keen to give duck hunting a go, but doesn’t want to pay the full cost of a licence? If so, on a strictly first-come-first-served basis, limited to the first 100 hunters who emailing a request, selecting here to go to the form to fill in via this website or call the Auckland/Waikato office (07 849 1666) with their latest Game bird licence number, we will let you take your mate hunting on opening weekend for the $4 cost of the Habitat Stamp which is affixed to the licence – which as you will recall, is used solely to create, protect and restore wetland habitat.

The offer is strictly limited to those people (i.e. the mate) who have not purchased a licence before (and we have extensive database records on our computer going back for the last decade to check this) .The offer applies only to opening weekend – recipients of the mate’s licence must be accompanied by a whole season licence holder – and it only applies to the Auckland/Waikato Fish & Game region. The mate must of course comply with the Game Bird Hunting Regulations. There has never been a better opportunity to introduce your friend, spouse, son or daughter to game bird hunting.

Game Bird Hunting Regulations

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Auckland/Waikato Hunting Spots