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Hunting is restricted in Molesworth as it is both a recreation reserve and a working farm, and there is a need to balance the requirements of both. Red deer, chamois, goats and pigs are found on the station.


Seasonal restrictions

Goose Hunt

No large game hunting permits will be issued during the week of the Goose Hunt (next scheduled 3-6 March 2016) for anywhere on Molesworth Station.

Molesworth Roar

A special permit system will operate for the roar period 16 March – 27 April 2016. Download and submit the Molesworth roar application form (PDF, 96K) or (DOCX, 520K).

Permits will be allocated on a first in first served basis. We will not be running a ballot for the roar in 2016 for Molesworth due to the incredibly dry season and its impact on Molesworth farming operations.

It is also anticipated that the high fire risk may affect the open period of the Acheron Road and other access points. This means hunting in Molesworth during the roar will be limited.

For any enquiries email

Hunting block overview


  • Chamois
  • Deer - Red
  • Goats
  • Pigs

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by a 'restricted area permit' which must be obtained from the DOC office managing the hunting area.

Dog access

No dogs

About this hunting block


Wairau / Renwick Office
Phone:      +64 3 572 9100
Full office details
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