An Explanation of the Fees for 2017

As most people are aware in 2013 the Woodhill Forest passed into private ownership when the Ngati Whatua o Kaipara tribe purchased the Woodhill Forest off the Crown. All forest activities are now the responsibility of Ngahere Ltd. The WFMC is grateful that Ngahere Ltd has allowed us to continue to offer a public ballot in the Forest. The balloted hunting blocks take up almost a third of the forest area.

For the 2017 season the hunting fees will be the same as last year. There will be a daily block fee at $150 or $50 per person if there are 3 hunters on the block; and an application fee of $15.

The same rules will apply as in previous years, that is, you will be issued a permit to shoot 1 antlered buck or in some cases a doe (special permit required). If you cannot abide by the rules or you feel the daily rate should entitle you to shoot anything, then DO NOT apply. See Conditions for full details.

As the WFMC has said in the past, this is a relatively small herd, and it cannot be repopulated from outside of the forest. If a hunter was able to shoot the first animal they saw the herd would be exterminated within one season. The WFMC is here to ensure future generations of hunters can enjoy this recreation.

Ballot Application Acknowledgements

When you submit a Ballot Application with on-line payment, we attempt to send you an acknowledgement to the email address that you specify in your application. If you make a mistake in entering that email address, you will not get an acknowledgement, so please check your entry. (Last year there were a significant number of invalid email addresses provided, and as they were invalid, we were unable to tell you of the problem.)

We are also getting acknowledgements returned as undeliverable when they appear to have valid email addresses. A large proportion of these are hotmail addresses (using servers known to be associated with spam). If you have an alternate email address, it may be preferable to use that.

Your Ballot Application is sent quite separately from the acknowledgement, so even if you don't see the acknowledgement, you application will still be matched with the payment and entered into the draw.

Sending Money

We can now accept payments by Direct Credit from your bank account to ours. Please ensure that you use a meaningful reference, such as your name and the date of the payment:
      e.g.       Bill Bloggs 13Mar17
and quote that with your application or message to us.

Our bank account details are:
Account Name:
      Woodhill Fallow Management Council Inc
Account Number:   01 0141 0041658 00


All hunters must carry their firearms license.
Plain blaze orange vests must be worn at all times. There are no clothing substitute permitted for a plain blaze orange vest - no cammo patterns.
All vehicles must display your hunting permit ( a photocopy must be displayed if more than one vehicle).
The above requirements form the basis for our access agreement with Ngati Whatua o Kaipara, and if you won't or don't comply you will be asked to leave the forest.

Doe Permit

Hi All Successful Applicants
Unfortunately we omitted the Doe Permit information mailed out with your Ballot. Please read the information below and indicate on your Ballot if you or one of your companions wishes to apply for a Doe Permit.

Doe permits:

  • Allows age/condition classification of herd.
  • Allows management of deer numbers.
  • Nominate ONE member from your party and clearly write DOE on Left of their name on ballot return form. Doe permits are optional, do nothing if you don’t want a permit for a doe.
  • Doe permit is not transferable.
  • Accepting a doe permit excludes that person from taking a buck.
  • Doe permit will be sent to primary permit holder with main permit.
  • Hunter must carry DOE permit at all times during their hunt.

Woodhill Ballot 2017

This year the initial ballot applications are for one applicant only. If you are successful in the ballot you will then be asked to name your (up to) two hunting companions. You are still only entitled to one hunt per hunter per year. So if your mate who you normally go hunting with and who has also won a ballot wants to hunt with you on the day, he will have to surrender his ballot so someone else gets a chance.

Note that it is permitted to submit multiple applications (each with its $15.00 application fee), but you are still restricted to 1 hunting day a year.

Lost Your Kill/Sighting Report?

We don't want a small oversight to spoil your chance of a hunt next year, so click here for a replacement.

Remember that Kill/Sighting Reports are required from all ballot winners - by 1st October.