Hunting Transfers & Gear Hire

Stewart Island offers hunters the only readily accessible herd of Virginian Whitetail deer in the Southern Hemisphere and is a popular destination for deer hunters. There are 35 hunting blocks and an open zone within the Stewart Island / Rakiura National Park. Many of these hunting blocks have specific hunter camps and huts while others share backcountry huts and facilities with trampers.

We can provide comfortable transport to and from all Paterson Inlet, and most of the north-east coast hunting blocks, as well as dinghy, outboard and cooking kit hire. Contact us for more information.


Cooking Kit and Gas Bottle Hire

We have available a full Cooking Kit for hire, the pack includes everything you will need, including a large gas bottle, 2-burner cooker and lamp. The cooking kit costs $15 per night and includes the following:

Cooking Kit Hire List

We can also arrange a sack or two of Coal if required ($NZD13 each for 20kg). Coal can be helpful to get fires started if kindling is wet, or to keep the heat high.

If you are flying to Invercargill and/or Stewart Island, many of our customers find it useful to pre-order groceries from our local Stewart Island Ship to Shore 4 Square (03) 2191 069.


Hunting and Hut Information

For current information on track descriptions, conditions, features and camping site/ hut facilities and availability, as well as weather forecasts, please contact the Stewart Island Department of Conservation office directly on (03) 219 0002 or check out their website. Please note that bookings are required at some huts and campsites, through the Department of Conservation and that suitable gear and equipment is required for any overnight stays in the Rakiura National Park.

Permits are required for all hunting and these need to be applied for with DOC in advance. For hunting block bookings and availability, and permit information, click here.


Safety & Firearms

We recommend that you complete the Outdoors Intentions for Land Based Activities form before you leave. The Stewart Island Department of Conservation field office can also hire you an emergency beacon if you would like one and we recommend that you have with you a fully charged radio and mobile phone. Contact or visit the Rakiura National Park Visitor Centre, located on Main Road, Stewart Island, for up to date weather and track condition information, before setting off for your trip.

Please contact Stewart Island Flights or Stewart Island Experience for firearm transport regulations on board flights or the ferry.


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Stewart Island


Rakiura Charters
PO Box 112
Halfmoon Bay
Stewart Island
New Zealand

Booking Office
10 Main Road
Halfmoon Bay
Stewart Island
E: info@rakiuracharters.co.nz


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