NZBS and COVID alert Levels

With the recent change to New Zealand COVID alert levels on Sunday 28 Feb, 2021 the NZBS adhere to the guide lines supplied via Specifically we note the following conditions.

Alert Level 1 & 2 – Hunting allowed

Alert Level 3 – Limited hunting allowed, see below for details

Alert Level 4 – No hunting

Exercise and recreation is an important part of maintaining our health and wellbeing. However, there’s a very high risk of transmission if we come into contact with others, touch common equipment or surfaces, or need rescuing or medical care.

You can do activities that are local and safe. Only exercise alone or with the people in your bubble. You need to keep a 2 metre distance from people who are not in your bubble, and you are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering.

The most important thing is to stay safe. Do low-risk activities, so you don’t need rescuing or medical care. Now is not the time to take up new activities, or expose yourself or your bubble to any risk. Use your common sense — stay local, stay safe. 

If you’re experienced you can do more activities. These include:

Hunting and fishing

You can hunt on both private and public conservation land. You need to stay within your region and stick to your bubble. Overnight trips are not allowed. You may only hunt on foot — using quad bikes, off-road bikes, helicopters and other motorised vehicles is not allowed.

Hunters cannot stay in DOC huts or campgrounds under Alert Level 3 and hunting must also be consistent with the usual local area restrictions.

This is not the time to take up hunting as a new hobby. Use your common sense — stay local, stay safe.

If you want to go fishing you can do so from a wharf or the shore, but do not cast off the rocks or fish from a boat. Boating is not allowed.