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Aug 21st, 2010 at 8:34am
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This thread is meant to assist with names of folk that might be happy to share info. on access details into certain Wapiti blocks and can be contacted via PM's on this forum.

I had to ask for help on my first forays there, talking to the water taxi operator Vern in Te Anau and did lots of readings of guide books/articles and old Hunting books
Moirs Guide
The Eye of the Hunter
Rod & Rifle series of articles

etc.

But if people can add in their names on this thread for first-hand experience they're happy to pass on. 

There are many v e r y experienced Fiordland hunters on this forum.
People using the resource please respect the hard-earned knowledge offered.

To start a list then;

Creed:  Eastern side, the more 'front' blocks from Mid-Burn/Lugar/Glaisnock areas of North Arm.
  

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Re: WAPITI BLOCKS resource people
Reply #1 - Aug 21st, 2010 at 9:54am
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Ive been in the Mid Burn, Billy Burn ,Worsley, and Narrows.
Limited experience but happy to help were I can.
  
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Reply #2 - Aug 23rd, 2010 at 8:29am
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Happy to share info on;
charles block - juno river area
George block - mainly Mcdonalds stream / Harrison Saddle / Trophy burn
  
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Reply #3 - Aug 23rd, 2010 at 1:14pm
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Can offer some info on Catseye. Particularly about how wet it can get and how bloody expensive choppers are to get there  Grin
  

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Reply #4 - Aug 24th, 2010 at 12:53am
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Doon, Stillwater, and lower part of the George  Sad  what bluff not to fall down Grin
  

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Reply #5 - Aug 24th, 2010 at 10:44am
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yip, ive had the charles and the juno blocks if anyone wants some info.
  
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Reply #6 - Aug 25th, 2010 at 8:01am
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There are a total of 25 wapiti blocks situated on the eastern and western side of the main divide to the west of Lake Te Anau. The blocks ringed by the dashed line are in the Glaisnock Wilderness area. Access onto the blocks in the wilderness area is to the shoreline only. The Upper Glaisnock, block 10 is accessed by walking only. You can land on the shoreline by boat, helicopter or float plane but cannot be landed any where else in the block. The exception to this is the Dark River, block 2 where you can be landed at the head of Lake Grave.



The blocks outside the wilderness zone, blocks 14-19 and 21-23 can be accessed at any point you like so if you want you can be dropped on the tops. Blocks 18 & 19 are dissected by the wilderness area so you can only be dropped on the tops to the south of the line.

There are huts on the Lower Glaisnock, Worsely, Lake Katherine, Wapiti River and Loch Burn blocks and also a historic hut at the head of Caswell Sound that would be of use to those hunting the Mt Tanilba and Stillwater blocks. There is also a hut at the mouth of the Junction Burn beside the Doon block.
The huts on the Wapiti River and Lochburn blocks are on the boundary of the wilderness area so you can be landed at these by helicopter.
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Reply #7 - Aug 25th, 2010 at 9:12am
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Stina. A couple of deer in the rock pile.

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Reply #8 - Aug 25th, 2010 at 10:05am
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Cool awsome guys! some good contacts and info coming in now, keep it coming! feel free to post a description or relevant info on the blocks you have visited Smiley
  
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Reply #9 - Aug 26th, 2010 at 2:36am
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Mt Tanilba.
  

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Reply #10 - Aug 26th, 2010 at 6:59pm
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Transport onto the blocks

You can get to the wapiti blocks by boat, helicopter and float plane.

Some of the main operators are listed below but there are of course others. Make sure you ring around to get prices as they can differ depending on which block you are going to and where the operator is based in relation to the block. For instance the northern blocks like the Light River, Dark River, Mt Longsight are much cheaper to get to by flying from Milford Sound.

Southern Lakes Helicopters have an office on the Lake Te Anau water front  
03 249 7167  info@southernlakeshelicopters.co.nz
www.southernlakeshelicopters.co.nz

Fiordland Helicopters are based on the Milford Sound road about 5km out of Te Anau  03 249 7575
info@fiordlandhelicopters.co.nz
www.fiordlandhelicopters.co.nz

Milford Helicopters are based at Milford Sound
03 249 7845

The Te Anau based float plane Wings & Water is another option. They can land you on lakes like Marchant, Grave, the fiords etc.  03 249 7405
www.wingsandwater.co.nz


There are commercial boat operators based in Te Anau. The coastal blocks can be accessed by boat from Milford Sound if you have a strong stomach.
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Reply #11 - Aug 27th, 2010 at 7:14am
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Guys anything I or we can help with just asked.

I will asked one thing when appling for a block please use the ON LINE system.

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Reply #12 - Aug 27th, 2010 at 7:17am
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Guys anything I or we can help with just asked.

I will asked one thing when appling for a block please use the ON LINE system.

Roy Sloan
  
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Reply #13 - Aug 27th, 2010 at 10:04am
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Cool great to have your experiance! thanks roy
  
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Re: WAPITI BLOCKS resource people
Reply #14 - Aug 30th, 2010 at 8:54pm
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Can you vary the size of your party when applying for different blocks?
IE 6 for first 3 choices and 4 for the rest
  

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