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by staff member on March 17, 2016  in Deer Hunting NZThe RoarVideo's

The Roar is here!

We’ve collected a few planning and safety resources to help you better plan your trip.


Where to Hunt?

There are a number of online tools for the kiwi hunter looking to head out into the wilderness.

Department of Conservation (DOC)

Hunters contribute to controlling animal populations - DOC has some great resources for hunters looking to find new public hunting grounds.

This site is also a great resource to get your hunting licence, find out about access and any restrictions (such as no dogs, or closures at different peak seasons).

The Department of Conservation online map is a great resource to find huts, tracks and public hunting land. Check the ‘public hunting land’ box on the left hand menu and the map overlays all public hunting land in New Zealand. If you want to see the topo map then click on the right hand icon and slide the tool bar for transparency.

Topomaps & Walking Access Maps

In our opinion, one of the best map resources is  it allows you to switch between Satellite and Topo maps. There is also a TopoMap app that you can download onto smart phones and use offline.

You can also use Walking Access Maps as another free online resource.

Note: not all the roads shown on these sites are public roads.


What about the Weather? a useful site for getting a general idea of what’s happening in the area you are looking to hunt in – see

A more thorough forecast can be found at – use the rain radar forecast maps. You can flick through the forecast in 6 hour periods to see when the weather is coming.  


 Safety & Communications

It goes without saying, safety is really important in the kiwi outdoors and the ability to communicate can really make the difference.


Personal Location Beacons

This relatively inexpensive piece of kit can save your life.If you don’t have one, you can always hire them. Here’s a link to places that rent them out  – the local hunting store usually has them, or knows where to get them from.

A couple of tips for using beacons:

  1. It is recommended that you always have the beacon located on you, not at the bottom of your pack or back in your tent.
  2. Get familiar with the unit – make sure you know how to activate it if you need to.
  3. Make sure to registered your beacon, and that you tell your emergency contact when and where you are going to be. If you’re renting one the hire shop will get you to fill out the right info.
  4. A signal torch can help the chopper hone in on your location if you do ever need to press the button.


Mountain Radio
The Mountain Radio is a great service if you are out for a while and want to maintain a life link to the outside world – they provide a regular weather forecast and the ability to call out when needed.

Canterbury Mountain Radio (South Island & Stewart Island) 

Wellington Mountain Radio  

Central North Island Mountain Radio

There are a few other services available – see ‘other providers’ on the Wellington Mountain Radio website.

Hunting Safety

Mountain Safety Council & Big Game Hunting  are sharing a series of hunter safety videos. Big Game Hunting are running a competition over at their Facebook page. Check out the first two videos below...

Safety Tip 1: Treat every firearm as loaded


Safety Tip 2: Always point firearm in a safe direction

It’s an exciting time of year, stay safe, identify your targets and good hunting!