An Explanation of the Fees for 2019

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 2019 season, there will be a daily block fee at $160 or $53.33 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, your application will still be matched with the payment and entered into the draw.

2019 Ballot Mailout

The Mailout to Ballot Winners this year has been delayed by the number of hunters that found their allocated date clashed with other commitments.

This is almost sorted now, and the mailout is currently expected on about Monday (20th). When you receive this, please respond as soon as you can so that we can get everything back on track.


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.

Sending Money

We can only accept payments to our ANZ Bank Account. A Direct Credit from your bank account to ours is preferrable, but you are also welcome to make a deposit at any ANZ Bank branch.

Please ensure that you use both your Family Name and your Firearms Licence No. as the reference on the payment:
      e.g.       Smith R1234567
and quote that with your application or in any message to us.

Please do not send cheques directly to us.

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