The Taranaki region covers an area from the Patea River mouth in the south, to the Mokau River mouth in the North, inland to lake Rotorangi and north up to Ohura. There is over 128,000 ha of Public Conservation Land within this region, including Egmont National Park and the North Taranaki forests and reserves. The hunting blocks are spread throughout the Taranaki area with mostly good road access. Goats and pigs are the main species hunted. The area is characterised by steeply dissected hill country and a narrow coastal strip of uplifted marine terraces. Rivers run chiefly from east to west and have estuaries at the coast. The region has a moderate climate but the weather can change quickly and even experienced hunters can be caught unawares by the bad weather.
State highways 3 and 43 traverse much of the area and there are numerous side roads that provide access into the backcountry and Public Conservation Lands.
Weather is fickle and even experienced hunters can be caught unawares by bad weather.
Be prepared to be delayed by bad weather - pack plenty of warm/waterproof gear, supplies and water.
Take sufficient navigation equipment - a compass and map at least.
Pack a first aid kit, waterproof matches or a cigarette lighter, a piece of old inner tube or fire starters, and an emergency blanket.
There is a network of serviced and standard backcountry huts available for use. Serviced huts have mattresses, water supply, toilets, hand washing facilities and heating with fuel available. They may have cooking facilities with fuel and a warden. Standard huts have bunks and mattresses, long drop toilet facilities and rainwater tanks. Standard huts below the bush line usually have wood fires, though wood is not provided. Please only use fallen dead wood for fuel; do not cut wood from live trees. Serviced huts also have fuel for heating and may have gas for cooking.
Plan & Prepare
Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.