Hunting Charters

Stewart Island/Rakiura provides excellent opportunities for hunting whitetail deer, as well as red deer and possums.

Permits and Hunting Blocks

Permits are required for all hunting on Stewart Island and must be applied for in advance from the Department of Conservation or the Rakiura Maori Land Trust.

On the left side of this site you will find information about the DOC Blocks and the RMLT blocks. So far we only have the RMLT blocks listed which have huts on them. More information can be found on their website.


DOC Blocks:

A combined open zone and block system is in operation. Each hunting party may apply for only one block. Permits are issued for a maximum period of 10 days for hunting blocks and up to 90 days for the open zone. Bookings for blocks can be made up to 12 months in advance. A booking and hut fee may apply.

Confirmation of the booking is required 60 days prior to your arrival on the island. Failure to do this will result in cancellation of the booking. Permits may be received by post or collected from the Department of Conservation office in Halfmoon Bay prior to your trip. Most blocks are suitable for 6 hunters.


Some examples of the huts available
on both the DOC & RMLT blocks:


More information on Hunter Camps can be viewed at:
Rakiura Hunter Camp Trust


Advice on camp locations is available from the DOC office:

Department of Conservation
PO Box 3. Halfmoon Bay Stewart Island.
Phone: (03) 219 1130, Fax: (03) 219 1555

At the end of your trip, please fill out the Online Hunter Return at:


Maori Blocks:

Permits for hunting on Maori land must first be obtained from:
Rakiura Maori Land Trust


Whitetail deer may be found in moderate numbers all over Stewart Island but coastal habitats are more favoured.
Red deer are found in moderate numbers in the north west sector of Stewart Island, from Mason Bay to Smoky Beach, and occasionally in other areas




Possums occur in moderate to high densities throughout Stewart Island. If using cyanide, include a copy of your poisons licence with the application for a permit on DOC Blocks. Permits are issued for up to 90 days and will include special conditions to avoid harming wildlife. Hunting after dark is strictly prohibited on public conservation land.


Personal Safety
Mountain radios are available for hire.


Personal locator beacons can be hired from:

  • Southland Locator Beacon Charitable Trust
  • ACL, Yarrow Street, Invercargill
  • Southland Museum, Gala St, Invercargill
  • Department of Conservation PO Box 3, Stewart Island, Ph (03) 219 1130.
    Fax (03) 219 1555.
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