Hunters are welcome in much of the Akatarawa Forest to help control deer, goats and pigs which harm native plants and wildlife.
A permit is needed to hunt in the Akatarawa Forest designated hunting areas. You must show this permit if asked by a Greater Wellington Regional Council authorised officer.
There are two different kinds of hunting permit and the designated hunting area for each type of hunting is different:
Hunting is permitted with firearms :
Please ensure all dogs are kept under control and well away from private land. Hunters not following the terms and conditions of the permit will have it revoked and also risk being trespassed. Always obtain permission from landowners if you intend to cross private land.
Hunting dogs must be registered and the details lodged with the Greater Wellington Regional Council when applying for your permit. You may take up to three dogs per permit holder into the parks. Please report any lost hunting dogs to the Wellington Regional Council’s Upper Hutt office as soon as possible.
Greater Wellington issues hunting permits at no charge for up to 6 months for deer, goat and pig hunting in the Akatarawa forest.
Take your rubbish home with you
Keep rivers and streams clean. Bury toilet waste in a shallow hole well away from waterways. Dispose of carcasses and offal at least 50 metres away from streams.
Do not remove, disturb or damage native plants or animals
Don't light fires and take care with portable stoves, matches and cigarettes
Park your vehicle clear of gateways and don't block access roads.
Parts of this area will have regular biodiversity monitoring and pest plant/animal control operations taking place. Please do not interfere with any markers, plot pegs, monitoring devices, baits, carcasses traps or bait stations. Adhere to any warning signs posted.
Seeds and fragments of weeds can easily be carried on or within clothing, equipment, vehicles and in the fur of dogs. As a result they can be unintentionally deposited into the catchment where they could grow into infestations that negatively impact the valuable native forest ecosystem.
To reduce the risk of this happening, please search for and remove all seeds and plant fragments from clothing, equipment, vehicles and dog fur before entering the catchment.
Please keep in mind that a lot of people use our regional parks:
Many hunting areas are isolated, rugged and exposed to high winds. There may be few formed tracks or market and maintained routes. We live in Wellington so we shouldn't need to remind you that weather conditions in our parks and forests are changeable. Remember to: