COVID-19 Alert Levels 2 and 3

The Government has announced that due to new cases of community transmission Auckland is at COVID-19 Alert Level 3 from noon on 12 August, while the rest of New Zealand is at Alert Level 2. Initially this is until midnight Friday 14 August.

Up-to-date information on current alert levels is available here.

All hunting is permitted at Alert Level 2.

There has been an important change to the rules for hunting under Alert Level 3. For any regions at Alert Level 3 you can now hunt on both private and public conservation land. You do need to stay within your region and stick to your bubble. Overnight trips are still not allowed and you may only hunt on foot — using quad bikes, off-road bikes, helicopters and other motorised vehicles is not allowed.

All hunters should also keep track of where they have been, including where and who they have been hunting with, to assist with rapid contact tracing if that is required. We recommend downloading and using the Ministry of Health’s COVID Tracer App.

Information on permits, ballots and DOC facilities is available here

The Mountain Safety Council has set up a new website with guidance on what you can and can’t do during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information is updated to reflect the current Alert Level status. The complete rules and guidance for all activities are available on the Government’s COVID-19 website.

Be safe

Safety is absolutely paramount . Positively identify your target, let people know where you are going and when you should return and practice safe firearms practices.

The Mountain Safety Council has a good collection of safety advice available on their website.

Epidemic Response Committee

GAC Chair Don Hammond appeared before Parliament’s Epidemic Response Committee to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and the lockdowns on the NZ hunting sector.