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Updated 5 December 2018 12:35pm

Hunters are welcome in much of the Akatarawa Forest to help control deer, goats and pigs which harm native plants and wildlife.

Hunting Permits


No permits will be issued for hunting from 5.00pm Friday 21 December 2018 until 9.00am 3 January 2019, due to office Christmas closure. If you wish to apply for a permit please do so before 5.00pm Friday 21 December 2018.

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:


  • There is no charge for a permit
  • Permits are issued by the Regional Council for use in the Akatarawa Forest, Kaitoke Regional Park and Pakuratahi Forest designated areas
  • Permits are valid for six months
  • You will need to supply your firearms licence number. Hunting bows must have a minimum draw weight of 18kg (40lb).

Hunting is permitted with firearms :

  •  In designated areas of the native forest - see designated hunting area map
  •  At least 200m away from roads, tracks and boundaries with private land in the designated hunting area
  •  During daylight hours only. Absolutely no spotlighting
Pig Hunting is permitted:
  • In designated areas of the plantation pine forest. See the designated pig hunting area map or else download a detailed copy of the map.
  • With a maximum of three dogs. Hunting dogs must be registered and their registrations included in the form. Each dog must have a tracking collar.
  • All kills must be in the permitted area but 50m away from roads, tracks and boundaries with private land and only in the designated hunting area
  • No hunting during park operational hours 4:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday to Friday or after dark 
  • Use of firearms and hunting bows are prohibited within the permitted area.
  • Terms and conditions for getting a permit.

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 with dogs

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.

 Designated Hunting Area Map


Greater Wellington issues hunting permits at no charge for up to 6 months for deer, goat and pig hunting in the Akatarawa forest.

Taking care of the park

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.

Pest Management

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.

Hunting Safety

Please keep in mind that a lot of people use our regional parks:

  • Identify your target beyond any doubt
  • Treat every firearm as loaded
  • Always point firearms in a safe direction
  • Load a firearm only when you are ready to fire
  • Check your firing zone
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs when using firearms
  • Store firearms and ammunition safely 

Safety in the outdoors

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:

  • Take a wind and waterproof jacket and wear layers of clothing that can be taken off or on as you need. Always carry enough clothes for cold conditions
  • Take ample high-energy food, drinking water, map (NZ Topographic 5D-BR32 Paraparaumu), compass or GPS and a first aid kit. Take a phone but be aware that you may not get mobile phone coverage everywhere in our parks. We recommend carrying an emergency locator beacon
  • Do not attempt to cross flooded streams. Be prepared to wait if conditions become dangerous
  • Let someone know where you are going and what time you intend to be back - they can raise the alarm if you don't arrive as expected
  • Check weather forecast before leaving

·         In designated areas of the planation pine forest, as shown on the map


·         With three dogs only allowed on permit and hunting dogs must be registered and each dog must have a tracking collar.


·         All kills must be in the permitted area but 50m away from roads, tracks and boundaries with private land  and only in the designated hunting area


·         No hunting during park operational hours 4am – 5pm Monday to Friday or after dark


·         Use of firearms and hunting bows are prohibited within the permitted area.