Hunting in Mid Greenstone

Information has been taken from the Department of Conservation Website and was correct at time of writing, please check for most up to date information

Hunting 

A permit is required by anyone using a rifle, bow or dog to hunt on land managed by the Department of Conservation.
You need to take a valid hunting permit with you at all times to legally hunt on land managed by DOC.
All blocks in the Greenstone/Caples Recreational Hunting Area (RHA) are restricted permit blocks issued by way of two ballot draws, one for April/May each year (the roar) and the other for June to September.

From 1 October to 31 March the Greenstone/Caples RHA is closed to hunting.
A restricted permit means:
• The permit is issued for a specific hunting block only
• You need to request the permit from your local DOC office

Restricted permits are also issued for gamebird, rabbit, hare and possum hunting with rimfire rifles, shotguns and .22s, and for animal fur trapping.

The Lower Greenstone hunting block offers opportunities to hunt fallow deer, red deer and chamois.

LOWER GREENSTONE
Hunting block overview

Species

  • Chamois
  • Deer - Fallow
  • Deer – Red

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by a ‘restricted area permit’ which must be obtained from the DOC office managing the hunting area.


Dog access

No dogs

About this hunting block

Animals present are fallow deer, red deer and chamois.

General information

This block consists mainly of bush on either side of the Greenstone, from the Greenstone/Caples River junction up to the Greenstone/Steele Creek junction.

The Lower Greenstone block is restricted and is only available from 1 April to 30 September. You need to get a permit specifically for this block, issued from the local DOC office by way of two ballot draws.

Access

From the Greenstone road end follow the Caples River for 30 minutes and then cross the swingbridge just above the junction with the Greenstone. The hunting block starts about 2 km up the Greenstone Valley.

Landholders

The Greenstone Valley floor is private land, owned by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. No hunting is permitted on or within 100 metres of the river flats. Access agreements allow for walking and carrying firearms up the valley.

Hunters who are allocated a block in the ballot draw must advise the farm manager before entering the valley. Contact Routeburn Station, Stuart Percy, ph +64 3 442 9901.
Maps

NZTopo50 series: CB09, CB10, CC09

Dogs

Dogs are not permitted in this block, or in any part of the Greenstone/Caples Recreational Hunting Area (RHA).

Huts

Additional information

  • There are two ballot draws per year - one for April/May (the roar) and the other for June to September.
  • From 1 October to 31 March the Greenstone/Caples RHA is closed to hunting.

Commercial or guided hunting is not permitted in this block.

Steele Creek hunting block consists of bush in the Steele Creek catchment, where you can hunt fallow deer, red deer and chamois.

STEELE CREEK
Hunting block overview

Species

  • Chamois
  • Deer - Fallow
  • Deer - Red

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by a ‘restricted area permit’ which must be obtained from the DOC office managing the hunting area.

 Dog access

No dogs

About this hunting block

Animals present are fallow deer, red deer and chamois.

General information

This block consists of bush in the Steele Creek catchment, including bush on the true left of the Greenstone between Steele Creek and Pass Burn.

The Steele Creek block is restricted and is only available from 1 April to 30 September. You need to get a permit specifically for this block, issued from the local DOC Office by way of two ballot draws.

Access

Follow the Greenstone Track up valley about 2 km beyond Greenstone Hut. From here until Steele Creek the bush on the true left of the river is part of the block. About an hour further on there is a swingbridge and a track up Steele Creek giving access to the rest of the block.

Landholders

The Greenstone Valley floor is private land, owned by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. No hunting is permitted on or within 100 metres of the river flats. Access agreements allow for walking and carrying firearms up the valley.

Hunters who are allocated a block in the ballot draw must advise the farm manager before entering the valley. Contact Routeburn Station, Stuart Percy, ph +64 3 442 9901.

Maps

NZTopo50 series: CB09, CC09

Dogs

Dogs are not permitted in this block, or in any part of the Greenstone/Caples Recreational Hunting Area (RHA).

Huts

  • Steele Creek Hut
  • Mid Greenstone Hut is managed by the NZ Deerstalkers’ Association.

Additional information

  • There are two ballot draws per year - one for April/May (the roar) and the other for June to September.
  • From 1 October to 31 March the Greenstone/Caples RHA is closed to hunting.
  • Commercial or guided hunting is not permitted in this block.

The Upper Greenstone hunting block offers opportunities to hunt fallow deer, red deer and chamois.

UPPER GREENSTONE
Hunting block overview

Species

  • Chamois
  • Deer - Fallow
  • Deer – Red

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by a ‘restricted area permit’ which must be obtained from the DOC office managing the hunting area.

Dog access

No dogs

About this hunting block

Animals present are fallow deer, red deer and chamois.

General information

This block consists mainly of bush on either side of the Greenstone, from Steele Creek up to Lake McKellar.

The Upper Greenstone block is restricted and is only available from 1 April to 30 September. You need to get a permit specifically for this block, issued from the local DOC office by way of two ballot draws.

Access

Follow the Greenstone Track up valley as far as Steele Creek. Initially the hunting block is all on the true left, and then about 5 km above the Steele Creek junction the bush on the true right is included as well.

Landholders

The Greenstone Valley floor is private land, owned by Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu. No hunting is permitted on or within 100 metres of the river flats. Access agreements allow for walking and carrying firearms up the valley.

Hunters who are allocated a block in the ballot draw must advise the farm manager before entering the valley. Contact Routeburn Station, Stuart Percy, ph +64 3 442 9901.

Maps

NZTopo50 series: CB09

Dogs

Dogs are not permitted in this block, or in any part of the Greenstone/Caples Recreational Hunting Area (RHA).

Huts

Additional information

  • There are two ballot draws per year - one for April/May (the roar) and the other for June to September.
  • From 1 October to 31 March the Greenstone/Caples RHA is closed to hunting.
Commercial or guided hunting is not permitted in this block.

Information regarding the ballot process

Applications for the April/May ballot are accepted on the DOC website from 1 November to 1 December each year. Applications for the June to September ballot are accepted from 1 February to 1 March each year.

  • Applications must include the full name, address, phone number and firearms licence number of each party member (party leaders must also include an email address).
  • Only one form per party is permitted.
  • Individual hunters should not apply on more than one ballot form. Any hunter found on more than one form will have all applications removed from the ballot.
  • A maximum of four hunters are permitted per block. Any parties with fewer than four members will have the remaining places allocated to another party.

The ballots are drawn under Police supervision and party leaders notified in writing of their success or failure in the ballot draw. If successful applicants are not going to hunt their block they must contact the Department as soon as possible to allow others the hunting opportunity.

Name changes are discouraged but may be granted at the Department’s discretion.

Successful hunters must advise the farm manager before entering either valley. Contact Routeburn Station, Stuart Percy, ph +64 3 442 9901.

Kill Returns must be lodged with the Queenstown Office within 30 days of permit expiry. Nil Returns must also be lodged. Successful hunters must also return a colour photo of the head and a Douglas Score (or the length, width and number of points). This information is used by the local New Zealand Deerstalkers’ Association branch as part of their annual reporting.

Your responsibilities

It is your responsibility to:

  • Find out about pesticide use in the area you are hunting in before your trip
  • Comply in full with the conditions under which the hunting permit is issued
  • Comply with each area’s special conditions for hunting and the use of dogs
  • Get permission from any private land owners before you cross their land
  • Ensure you do not hunt on restricted hunting areas unless you have received separate consent from the relevant DOC issuing office
  • Carry a hunting permit with you whenever you go hunting on land managed by DOC