The primary attractions for game bird hunters on the Coast are the diversity of habitat, providing for a range of species, but predominately grey and mallard duck (and hybrids thereof).

Shoveler, paradise shelduck and pukeko are also widespread throughout the region.

In general, developed valleys with improved pasture and open drains offer the best waterfowl hunting, particularly for mallards, pukeko and shelduck. However, riverbeds, bush ponds and coastal wetlands, most of which are on DoC administered land also provide excellent opportunity. Some relatively unexploited hunting opportunities remain in South Westland river valleys south of Harihari.

For anybody planning a trip to hunt the West Coast, Fish & Game can provide advice on key landowners to contact.

At the present time there are few problems with access to hunting on land administered by DoC, however if in doubt about land tenure contact the nearest DoC office (refer below) for a permit.

Greymouth 03 768 0427
Hokitika 03 756 9100
Buller 03 788 8008
South Westland 03 752 0796

Gamebird hunting is permitted in six Scenic Reserves; Hunters wishing to shoot at Lakes Rotokino, Ianthe, Arthur, Swan and Lady, or Saltwater lagoon are required to request a permit from DoC before the end of March. In the event of problems contact Fish & Game.

Most private landowners will react favourably to reasonable requests for access to hunt.

The contacts listed below are recommended for hunters seeking new areas, particularly to hunt parries. It is essential to phone the landowner before visiting and to respect any reasons they may have for limiting access.

Area Property Contact Ph Number
  M Bray 732 3576
  R Becker 732 3879
  G Paterson 732 3140
  A Becker 732 3576
  C Brake 732 3080
  A Berry 732 3856
  C Van der Geest 732 3718
  G O’Connor 732 3859
  J Liddell 732 3747
  M Mills 732 3001
  P Berry 732 3856
  R Little 732 3034
  D Kennedy 027 632 7795
  G Graham 732 3063
  P Jefferies 768 0193
  George Coates 731 1805
HAUPIRI C Egan 738 0389
  H Temple(G.C.C) 738 0224
  G Prendergast 732 3518
  R Lemon 732 3525
  M Fitzgerald 732 3577
  P McLennan 732 3755
  D Bradley 762 5798
  (C.M.P) 762 5055
  T Sheridan 755 7227
  K Harvey 027 222 8360