The hunting operation is managed through Helisika who take bookings online through their website.

From 1 July 2014, the Trust changed from allowing hunting all year round, to hunting only during two periods: 1 March to 30 May, and 1 October to 20 December.

The change was made for two reasons:

  1. To give the deer a period of rest during the year, and
  2. To make the land available during the summer for other uses, particularly eco-tourism.

Hunters have commented that the two seasons have improved the temperament of the deer, who appear more relaxed than when hunted all the time.

The Trust has recently begun a programme of improving the quality of its huts. The objective is to provide the hunters with a more comfortable, and therefore more enjoyable time during their stay on Trust lands.

The Haumingi Hut was replaced with a brand new hut during 2015. The new hut is of very similar design to the golden hills hut. It has extra features though, such as double glazing, and is fully insulated. Improvements will be made to most other huts between 1 June and 30 September 2016. We trust when the hunters who come in from 1 October 2016, they will have a far more pleasant stay in their hut. 

Hunting Hunter landscapeHunting Gun sightedHunting men and Helisika 2013