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.
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 select the links below to fill in a request form or email email@example.com with your details or writing a letter addressed to Northland Fish & Game office.
- Northland Forestry Permit
- Te Hiku Forest Permit
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).
- Jack Bisset Wetland Whangarei $35.00 Stand Holders fee
- Jack Bisset Wetland Whangarei $10.00 Casual Hunters fee
- Flaxmill Wetland Dargaville $35.00 Stand Holders fee
- Flaxmill Wetland Dargaville $10.00 Casual Hunters fee
- Kawakawa Wetlands Kawakawa $10.00
- Borrow Cut Wetland Hikurangi $10.00
Please select here to request a permit for wetlands.
There are two forestry permits available. Hunters requiring either 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
Please select here to request a forest permit.
Northland Forestry Permit
To hunt on permitted forestry lands managed and owned by Rayonier/Matariki Forests, Manulife Investment Management, and Northland Forests Managers Ltd a permit must be obtained through the office of Northland Fish & Game. The permit is a legal requirement which enables the hunter to enter the forest, carry a firearm and use a dog on those properties.
The cost of the permit for the season is $50. This fee covers processing fees, maps detailing the areas open to hunting plus Public Liability Insurance while hunting in any of these forests.
Please note that a Kiwi Aversion Certificate may be required for hunting dogs in some forest blocks. Kiwi Aversion Certificates can be obtained through the Department of Conservation office in Whangarei.
Te Hiku Forest Permit
Te Hiku Forest is a privately owned pine forestry block that extends along the Ninety Mile Beach. It is a condition to use fibre wad ammunition.
The cost of the permit for the season is $30. This fee covers processing fees, map detailing the area open to hunting and a contribution towards a predator control operation for the benefit of game birds.
Permits can be obtained at Hunting & Fishing Kaitaia, Riders Sports Kaitaia and through the Northland Regional Fish & Game office.
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. There is NO on-line game bird permit system to obtain a DOC permit.
Please phone John Macpherson on 021 858 423 or text 027 325 4301 for information on hunting in the Far North. Hunting at Te Paki Farm, Te Werahi Wetlands and Sweetwater is now authorised by approval from local Iwi Ngati Kuri. ALL licence holders MUST contact John Macpherson to obtain the appropriate contact details.
Rangiputa Landcorp Farm is allowing hunting. Licence holders MUST contact Colin Rakena, the Farm Manager, on 0274 350 982 to arrange access. Inductions are required to hunt on Rangiputa Farm.