Local Hunting Regulations

Hunting opportunities and access in Northland

The Northland Fish & Game Region extends north from a line midway to a point between the North Head and South Head of the Kaipara Harbour then running due east to a point just North of Wellsford and then a line running northeast to Te Arai Point. The area offers a diverse range of hunting opportunity and encompasses 10 different game bird species. To view the boundary between Northland Fish & Game Region and Auckland/Waikato Region, please click here to download map.To hunt on any private lands, hunters must approach the landowners directly.

northland map

To hunt on Forestry lands a permit must be obtained through the office of Northland Fish & Game. The permit is a legal requirement which enables the hunter to carry a firearm and use a dog on those properties.

Please click here to download an application form or email northland@fishandgame.org.nz with your details or writing a letter addressed to Northland Fish & Game office.


Hunters must provide details and payment for permits when applying for permits. A permit is required per licence holder and is not issued for a party or any group of hunters. Permits are issued for the full length of the open game season (May to August). 

  • Permits issued for the Jack Bisset Wetland incurs a fee of $35.00, and $29.00 of this fee is used for predator control within this wetland.
  • Permits issued for the Flaxmill Wetland incurs a fee of $35.00, and $29.00 is used for predator control within this wetland.
  • Permits issued for the Te Hiku/Aupouri Forest incurs a fee of $30.00. The breakdown of this permit fee is:
  • $14.00 Predator Control Programme
  • $6.00 Administration Costs
Northland Forestry Permits

There is ONE permit which will cover all forestry blocks at a cost of $50.00. This permit includes the following forests: Rayonier/Matariki Forests (Glenbervie, Puhipuhi, Topuni), Hancock Forests and Northland Forest Managers. The fees associated with this permit covers all processing fees, colour maps of all forests open to hunting and a Public Liability Insurance while hunting in any of these forests.

Hunters requiring a permit must provide the following details:

  • Name, address and phone number/s
  • Game Bird Licence number
  • Firearms Licence number
  • Vehicle registration
  • Dog registration number
  • Date of Birth

Hunters requiring a permit to take any dog into a hunting area must on application, provide the following details of the dog including the name of dog or dogs, the breed/s and the tag registration number/s.

All permits issued will be accompanied with a full colour topographical map detailing the areas open to hunting.


Northland Fish & Game

  • Jack Bisset Wetland Whangarei $35.00 Stand Holders fee
  • Jack Bisset Wetland Whangarei $6.00 Casual Hunters fee
  • Flaxmill Wetland Dargaville $35.00 Stand Holders fee
  • Flaxmill Wetland Dargaville $6.00 Casual Hunters fee
  • Kawakawa Wetlands Kawakawa $6.00
  • Borrow Cut Wetland Hikurangi $6.00

Department of Conservation

Hunters who intend to hunt on Conservation managed lands must contact their local DOC office in Northland to obtain a permit:

Whangarei Office: 09-470 3300

Kerikeri Office:  09-407 0300

Dargaville (Kauri Coast) Office:  09-439 3450

Kaitaia Office: 09-408 6014

A permit is required to hunt on DOC-administered lands. The following locations are available for game bird hunting:

DOC Administered landsLand Area:Location:


Wairua River Wildlife Management Reserve



Manganui River Wildlife Management Reserve



Waitangi Wetlands



Lake Ohia - Ranganu

Tokerau Beach


Puwheke Recreation Reserve



Rotokawau Lakes



Sweetwater Lakes



Kaimaumau/East Beach



Lake Taeore



Te Ramanuka



Paxton Point



Ahipara Reserve



Bulrush Lake



Te Paki Reserve

Cape Reinga

Please note that the lakes and associated wetlands in the Te Paki Reserve are CLOSED due to the invasive aquatic weed, Gypsywort.

Game Bird Hunting Regulations

Download the latest regulations for this region below.


Northland Hunting Spots