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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

  • 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.
  • A ballot system will operate for the Roar period, 16 March - 3 May 2016. Application forms for the Molesworth Roar ballot will be available here from 2 December 2015. For any enquiries email

Hunting permits over Christmas/New Year 

Molesworth hunting permit applications received after midnight Sunday 20 December 2015 will not be processed until 11 January 2016. If you wish to hunt on Molesworth over Christmas or in early January, apply before 20 December.

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
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