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Travers - Nelson Lakes National Park

Located in Nelson Lakes hunting in the Nelson/Tasman region


Red deer are in moderate numbers throughout the Travers area, frequenting the open tops and river flats more in the early morning and late evening. Chamois may also be encountered on the tops.

Hunting block overview


  • Chamois
  • Deer - Red

Permit requirements

A permit is required to hunt on public conservation land.

This hunting area is covered by an 'open area permit' which can be obtained online or from a DOC office.

Dog access

No dogs

About this hunting block

General information

The Travers River runs in to the southern end of Lake Rotoiti and has a track running the length of it which is part of the popular Travers-Sabine Circuit.

Vegetation is mainly beech forest with the lower slopes dominated by red beech, silver beech, and kanuka at sites with poor drainage, and upper slopes by silver and mountain beech grading to pure mountain beech at tree line.

This beech forest ecosystem is transitional from Lake Rotoiti/Travers Valley which has the drier beech forests of western Marlborough through to Lake Rotoroa and the Matakitaki where the mixed beech-podocarp forests of North Westland become more prevalent.

The park is steep and rugged and can experience severe weather conditions in any season. Heavy rain will flood rivers that can become dangerous to the unwary. Care needs to be taken at all times.

Red deer are in moderate numbers throughout the area, frequenting the open tops and river flats more in the early morning and late evening.

Chamois may also be encountered on the tops.


Access is generally gained via the lakeside track from the road end at Kerr Bay or boating up Lake Rotoiti to Lakehead Hut or Coldwater jetties.


All in Nelson Lakes National Park.

Map information

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Dogs are not allowed in Nelson Lakes National Park.

Hut information

Additional information

Wasps are usually in high numbers from mid to late summer so hunters need to be prepared for this hazard, especially if allergic to stings.

This valley and its side valleys, has high usage by trampers especially during the summer months so adhere to permit conditions re hunting distance from tracks.

Good trout fishing is available in Lake Rotoiti and the Travers River (Fish & Game licence required - see Fish & Game Council).

The Rotoiti Nature Recovery project area (Mainland Island), Mt Robert face, and upstream to the Travers swingbridge, is closed to all hunting during periods of high public use from sunset 22 December to sunrise 9 February.


Rotoiti / Nelson Lakes Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 3 521 1806
Address:   View Road
St Arnaud
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