The Greater Wellington Regional Council welcomes hunters into much of the Hutt Water Collection Area to help control deer, goats, and pigs which harm native plants and wildlife.
There are few or no facilities in this remote area. It is rugged, mountainous terrain broken by many streams and narrow, steep-sided ridges. The hilltops are extremely exposed to the north-west and southerly winds, with a reputation for high winds, fog and sudden weather changes. Rivers and streams can rise very rapidly in heavy rain.
Always obtain permission from landowners if you intend to cross private land.
Hunting dogs must be registered and the details lodged with the 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.
A permit is required to hunt in the Hutt Water Collection Area designated hunting area. You must show your permit if asked by a Wellington Regional Council authorised officer. Permits are free of charge and valid for six months. Permits are also issued for use in the Akatarawa Forest, Kaitoke Regional Park and Pakuratahi Forest designated hunting areas. You will need to supply your firearms licence number. Only centre-fire rifles of calibre .222 Remington or larger may be used for hunting, or crossbows and bows with a minimum drawing factor of 18kg (40lb). Shotguns, air rifles and rimfire rifles are not permitted.
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, 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, in the fur of dogs, baits and carcasses. 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.