If you are hunting with a firearm you need a valid firearms licence to get a hunting permit. Find out how to get a NZ firearms licence.

To get a DOC hunting permit to hunt on public conservation land with a firearm, you need either:

  • a valid New Zealand firearms licence, or
  • to be under the immediate supervision of someone with a valid New Zealand firearms licence. See Section 2 of the Firearms Safety Code.

When hunting under immediate supervision of a licence holder:

  • only one firearm is permitted between the supervisor and the shooter
  • each person requires a hunting permit.

Apply for a New Zealand firearms licence

Hunting permits

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