Where to Hunt Game Birds

The primary attractions for game bird hunters on the Coast are the diversity of habitat, providing for a range of species, but predominately grey and mallard duck (and hybrids thereof).

Shoveler, paradise shelduck and pukeko are also widespread throughout the region

In general, developed valleys with improved pasture and open drains offer the best waterfowl hunting – particularly for mallards, pukeko and shelduck
– however riverbeds, bush ponds and coastal wetlands – most of which are on DoC administered land – also provide excellent opportunity. Some relatively unexploited hunting opportunities remain in South Westland river valleys south of Harihari.

For anybody planning a trip to hunt the West Coast, Fish & Game can provide advice on key landowners to contact.

At the present time there are few problems with access to hunting on land administered by DoC, however if in doubt about land tenure contact the nearest DoC office (refer below) for a permit.

Greymouth (03) 768 0427
Hokitika (03) 756 9100
Buller (03) 788 8008
Sth. Westland (03) 752 0796

Gamebird hunting is permitted in six Scenic Reserves; Hunters wishing to shoot at Lakes Rotokino, Ianthe, Arthur, Swan and Lady, or Saltwater lagoon are required to request a permit from DoC before the end of March. In the event of problems contact Fish & Game.

Most private landowners will react favourably to reasonable requests for access to hunt.

The contacts listed below are recommended for hunters seeking new areas, particularly to hunt parries. It is essential to phone the landowner before visiting and to respect any reasons they may have for limiting access.

Area Property Contact Number
  M Bray 7323576
  R Becker 7323879
  G Paterson 7323140
  A Becker 7323576
  C Brake 7323080
  A Berry 7323856
  C Van der Gees 7323718
  G O’Connor 7323859
  J Liddell 7323747
  M Mills 7323001
  P Berry 7323856
  R Little 7323034
  D Kennedy 0276327795
  G Graham 7323063
  P Jefferies 7680193
  George Coates 7311805
  C Egan 7380389
  H Temple(G.C.C)  7380224
  G Prendergast 7323518
  R Lemon 7323525
  M Fitzgerald 7323577
  P McLennan 7323755
  D Bradley 7625798
  (C.M.P)  7625055
  T Sheridan 7557227
  K Harvey 0272228360


West Coast Hunting Spots