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Hunting in Kaitoke

Hunting in Kaitoke

Updated 29 March 2019 5:02pm

Hunters are welcome in much of Kaitoke Regional Park to help control deer, goats and pigs which harm native plants and wildlife. A hunting permit is required.

Hunting permits

A permit is needed to hunt in the Kaitoke Regional Park 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. These permits are issued for 1 year
  • Pig hunting permits are specific to the park they are issued for. These permits will expire on 30 November 2019.
  • 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 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 after dark
  • Use of firearms and hunting bows are prohibited within the permitted area.

Please ensure all dogs are kept under control and well away from private land. Please report any lost hunting dogs to our Upper Hutt office as soon as possible.

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.

 Designated Hunting Area Map

Download a copy of the designated hunting area map

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.