Game bird hunting permit

We issue Shooting Permits pursuant to Section 50(2) of the Reserves Act 1977 and authorise the permit holder to carry a firearm on the following lakes in the Waipā area:   

  • Lake Ngāroto
  • Lake Cameron
  • Lake Ruatuna
  • Lake Mangakaware (NB: permits are restricted for Lake Mangakaware)

The game bird hunting season for the Auckland-Waikato region runs from  5 May 2018 to 26 August 2018. Check the Auckland-Waikato hunting regulations​ for exact dates for each individual game bird species and bag limits.

Waipa District Council issue authorities to carry fire arms on land administered by Council.  That can include lakes and/or land adjoining those lakes.

Game bird hunting, subject to the hunting rules, is regarded as a traditional use of public wetlands.  The primary legislation managing game bird hunting is the Wildlife Act and Regulations and the Reserves Act.     
Game hunters must apply for a Shooting Permit prior to hunting on Waipā reserves and must carry their permit on them at all times while on site and must be produced on demand. The Shooting Permit is issued to the applicant and is personal to the individual, and​ must not be transferred to any other person.

Shooters need to comply with the Fish & Game New Zealand 2018 regulations for the 2018 season.

Permit conditions 

All persons who wish to carry firearms onto a public reserve will be issued with a permit upon application. Hunters must notify the Waipa District Council of their intention to obtain or renew their permit, and this to be done in writing at least one month prior to the opening of the game bird hunting season.

 Conditions for permit to carry firearms on peat lake reserves 

More information 

To view more information on all hunting permits and conditions please refer to the Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Council

Permit application 

To apply for a permit you will need to supply:​

  • Full name
  • Address and phone number
  • Gun licence number
  • Registration number of the vehicle(s) you intend to use.

You can apply via email to or call 0800WAIPADC (0800 924 723).​

Apply online

You can now save time and apply for a game bird hunting permit ​completely online. ​

Page reviewed: 20 Apr 2018 11:01am