Aerial view of Greymouth
The Greymouth Mawheranui area covers the central West Coast between the Taramakau River north to the Buller Gorge and inland to the Maruia Valley. There is over 500,000 ha of public conservation land within this area, including Victoria Forest Park and Lewis Pass National Reserve; many small reserves and large areas of stewardship land.
The area is extensively forested with several large river valleys and alpine headwaters. Many places have maintained walking track access and backcountry huts but some of the more remote places only have routes and no footbridges or huts. Many rivers and lakes provide good trout fishing.
Hunting for red deer, fallow deer, chamois, goats, feral pigs and game birds is popular throughout much of the area. The climate is wet, at times with over 3000mm of rain each year with westerly winds predominating. In winter several falls of snow can be expected that will blanket the tops and upper forested slopes. Spring to autumn is mild with regular spells of fine weather.
Learn about where you can hunt in the Greymouth area.
A permit is required by anyone using a rifle, bow or dog to hunt on land managed by the Department of Conservation.
Find out how you can plan and prepare for a safe and enjoyable hunting trip in the Greymouth area.
View West Coast Tai Poutini Conservancy's most recently issued pesticide summary.
Apply online for a hunting permit or renew.
Hunting in conservation areas brochure
Importing and exporting hunting trophies
DOC maps: Discover the outdoors - DOC's key places, campsites, tracks and huts, and visitor centres on a map
Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
Email DOC's National Hunting Advisor