This hunting area is open year round and is under the ballot system for helicopter access (late April-June).

ZIP and Predator Free South Westland project is operating in this area for 2023 and 2024.

How you’re affected and other potential areas.


  • Tahr

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by an 'open area permit' – get it online or from a DOC office.

Dog access

No dogs

About this hunting block

General information

Most of this site is in the Adams Wilderness Area and is open year round for foot access.

This site is included in the ballot system for helicopter access (late April-June).

Access information

Helicopter access: Restricted to designated landing site only during ballot period

Landing site: NZTM2000 E1408850-N5198507

Road access point: Whataroa road end
Foot access: Difficult, via Perth river and Scone Hut

Block specific information

Permissions: DOC hunting permit required
Map: Topo50 BW17

Tahr numbers concentrated on the true left of the Perth River and frequent the scrub areas. Low numbers can also be found in Adverse Creek and round the Great Unknown. Foot access into the upper Perth is possible from Scone Hut but is difficult and is best attempted when the river is low.

Large camp on river flats which could be exposed. Both sides of the valley are accessible to hunt. Suitable for groups of 4.  River water supply.

Hut information

No huts in this area. 


Awarua/Haast Visitor Centre
Phone +64 3 750 0809
Email haasthuntingballot@doc.govt.nz
Address Haast Junction
Corner SH6 and Jackson Bay Road
Haast 7886
Hours See visitor centre hours
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