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Aug 21st, 2010 at 8:34pm
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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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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 8:29pm
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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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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 12:53pm
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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 10:44pm
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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 8:01pm
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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 9:12pm
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Stina. A couple of deer in the rock pile.

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Reply #8 - Aug 25th, 2010 at 10:05pm
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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 2:36pm
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Mt Tanilba.
  

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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 7:14pm
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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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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 #13 - Aug 27th, 2010 at 10:04pm
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Cool great to have your experiance! thanks roy
  
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Reply #14 - Aug 31st, 2010 at 8:54am
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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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brian wrote on Aug 31st, 2010 at 8:54am:
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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Can offer some info on Wild Natives River, Dark River and Taheke creek
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Reply #17 - Sep 1st, 2010 at 5:36pm
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Sorry guys

when applying, your party size is for all or nothing. so 2-3-4-6. thats it. I.E if you have two in your party its ytwo for all of your choices .

It would be a admin nightmare. anyother way. But maybe in time who knows.

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I have travelled the George River
  
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anybody got much experiance with float planes to fiordland lakes? pros and cons??
what about boat access from te anau, any info?
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Reply #20 - Sep 9th, 2010 at 4:32pm
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Helicopter is a more reliable type of transport in dodgy Fiordland weather. Basically, a chopper might still be able to get you out (or in for that matter) when the plane can't. A plane can't slow down to a crawl, pop the door open and fly sideways just above the ground through a fogged in mountain pass  Wink
I have had a truly amazing flight over the Wap country on a fine day in the float plane tho.  Cheesy
  
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yeagh i would prefer a chopper but the quotes we have had so far a pretty steep! Shocked Sad
  
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Happy to give info on the Stina Burn  Smiley
  
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Reply #23 - Oct 18th, 2010 at 8:08am
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We priced options for flying into Fiordland next year, further south than the Whapiti blocks. Southern Lakes was cheaper than Wings and Water plus the access limitations of fixed wing.
  

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Reply #24 - Oct 18th, 2010 at 12:35pm
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try johnathon at fiordland helicopters best value service in fiordland
  
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Reply #25 - Oct 19th, 2010 at 9:20am
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What Dan said plus ++++++++++. Good value and bloody nice guy as well.
  
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Reply #26 - Oct 31st, 2010 at 5:28am
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Limited experience but can help with Mt. Longsight block  Smiley
  
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Reply #27 - Oct 31st, 2010 at 5:10pm
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Hey guys Ive drawn the Edith.. Any info would be awesome! best access, camp sites and all the need to knows. Beer is on offer if your in driving distance Smiley
  

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start with fitness brother your guna need to loose a few pounds haha, sus a plan at the prongia pub when johnny comes up. amping hardout
  
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What are the dates for the 3 beats? cant find them on the FWF site
  

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brian wrote on Nov 3rd, 2010 at 6:50pm:
What are the dates for the 3 beats? cant find them on the FWF site


21-30 March,  31 March-9 April & 10-19 April
  
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After any info on the Stina burn anybody would like to share.
  
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Milney wrote on Nov 4th, 2010 at 10:33am:
After any info on the Stina burn anybody would like to share.


We've got it in period 2. that type of info?  Wink
Would be interested to hear how you guys plan on gettting there etc mate. PM me perhaps
  

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Reply #34 - Nov 4th, 2010 at 2:46pm
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what do you want to know.ive been in there twice in the last 5 years 14 days both times.been over most of the block
  
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Was wondering about access boat or chopper from milford. Best spots for base camps and any tips on were you would concentrate your hunting sea ridges/faces or inland tops valleys.  Can you fly direct to the tops on this block? Smiley Smiley
  
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Milney wrote on Nov 4th, 2010 at 3:52pm:
Was wondering about access boat or chopper from milford. Best spots for base camps and any tips on were you would concentrate your hunting sea ridges/faces or inland tops valleys.  Can you fly direct to the tops on this block? Smiley Smiley


I have been PMing Ginger 1 regarding the Stina. Unfortunately I have deleted them but if you PM him and ask nicely he may forward them to you. They were quite extensive and would be a mission to retype

We flew with Milford Heli but it's in the Glaisnoch Wilderness Area so landings are strictly just above high tide line


Good luck
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Reply #37 - Dec 18th, 2010 at 9:25am
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Hi i would like some info on Dark rivier block please. Smiley
  
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I am in Ivan m  party first period.
  
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Would anyone be able to help with advice about the Large Burn?  We've drawn the 3rd period.

Have some knowledge of the Worsley if anyone's going in there - can certainly indicate a couple of places you definitely don't want to go!.

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large burn is a small block with very steep sides it floods really easy so make sure you dont camp on valley floor,hunting is very limited with not to many tops.the best hunting would have to be up around myth tarn but even that is very limited two guys will cover it in two days.richard hays told him not long ago he hadnt seen a wapiti in there for 20 years but they are starting to turn up in some funny places latly so you never know.i have been over most of that block so if anything else you need to know i can help you out.but really not the best of blocks so be carfull in there.
  
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misty wrote on Aug 23rd, 2010 at 8:29pm:
Happy to share info on;
charles block - juno river area
George block - mainly Mcdonalds stream / Harrison Saddle / Trophy burn


Aswell a the above blocks I can now also offer info on the Wapiti River block.

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misty wrote on May 2nd, 2011 at 9:16pm:
Aswell a the above blocks I can now also offer info on the Wapiti River block.

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I can now also add that I have now been around the George river part of the George river block. Happy to give info on this also.

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dan boon wrote on Jan 26th, 2011 at 9:51am:
large burn is a small block with very steep sides it floods really easy so make sure you dont camp on valley floor,hunting is very limited with not to many tops.the best hunting would have to be up around myth tarn but even that is very limited two guys will cover it in two days.richard hays told him not long ago he hadnt seen a wapiti in there for 20 years but they are starting to turn up in some funny places latly so you never know.i have been over most of that block so if anything else you need to know i can help you out.but really not the best of blocks so be carfull in there.


Dan,
we are in large burn 2nd period.  were hoping to get dropped on tops northwest of myth tarn area (mt plulvis?? area).  what is access like from there down to myth tarn area??

and is it possible to get to the tops that border the block to the west, was hoping to head up there some time.  Any info would be appreciated.
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pal wrote on Aug 21st, 2010 at 9:54pm:
Ive been in the Mid Burn, Billy Burn ,Worsley, and Narrows.
Limited experience but happy to help were I can.

Just to update
Since then we have been into the Glasinock a couple of times both blocks
Wild Natives and loch burn & wapiti river
Happy to help,
as other have helped me along the way
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I can give info on looking glass to anyone. Am looking for info on wapiti river.

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Has anyone received their info packs for this years wapiti blocks yet? I have the Lugar Burn 2nd period and haven't received my pack yet. With time ticking on I am a bit anxious that it hasn't turned up. Huh
  
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Speak of the devil, my info pack has just turned up in the mail today!
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Hi, me and a couple of mates are planing a trip to the Worsley in about 2 months and were wondering if you had any advice or information for us. We are planning on taking our own boat and basing ourselves from the hut for starters.
We are average in experience and have only been hunting in Fiordland once but not in the Worsley area.
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Get me some wrote on Mar 24th, 2016 at 4:45pm:
Hi, me and a couple of mates are planing a trip to the Worsley in about 2 months and were wondering if you had any advice or information for us. We are planning on taking our own boat and basing ourselves from the hut for starters.
We are average in experience and have only been hunting in Fiordland once but not in the Worsley area.
Thanks.


plenty of deer and chamios running around in there especialy the northern side of the valley and castle. ive been in quite a few blocks now and sandflies are by far the worst in this valley!!! good fish there too but guess youll be there out of season.
  
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Reply #52 - Nov 3rd, 2016 at 8:17am
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Can add wapiti river to looking glass in terms of info.

Looking for info on the Edith as I have it 2nd period
  
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joksax?? poor block u best to take fishing rod and catch a few cod down the beach
  
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bin huntin wrote on Nov 6th, 2016 at 7:11am:
joksax?? poor block u best to take fishing rod and catch a few cod down the beach

Cheers might hand it back then Roll Eyes
  
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Hi have drawn the Charles block second period any info would be much appreciated thanks!
  
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Reply #56 - Feb 15th, 2017 at 4:42am
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Hey guys, not a lot of info on the Large Burn which we have third period. Anything would be appreciated.

A couple of guys have told us not to waste our time.

But I heard a nice hybrid came out of there last bugle.
  
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Reply #57 - Feb 25th, 2017 at 6:47am
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If anybody is interested, I created an interactive map where you can see the various wapiti blocks and change basemaps (topo 1:50k, topo 1:250k, satellite, etc). You can also turn on a 'wilderness area' layer to see which blocks this affects.

Check it out here: www.isaacbain.co.nz/fiordland-wapiti-blocks

And I have some other maps here that you may find interesting. Including the results of a kea sightings project between the FWF and Kea conservation trust for the fiordland area. www.isaacbain.co.nz/maps.html

If you have any suggestions on what would be useful additions to the map, please let me know. Or if there is another map you'd like to see created that you can find anywhere else, also let me know - assuming there is data for it!

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Reply #58 - Oct 31st, 2017 at 12:45am
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Hi we won the Fiordland wapiti foundation fist period ballot for Block 21 Called Charles.
We are looking at the south side Irene river vs a Helo drop off on the tops near Lake Shirley
Any advice
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Thanks for that GSP ,very good to see the boundarys on a large map.
  
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Just a FYI for anyone else reading this thread for transport advice into the wapiti blocks / west side of Lake Te Anau: Vern Thompson no longer operates his boat transport service. 

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Hi Matt,
No, Vern no longer owns the boat transport but if you Google Fiordland outdoors company, I'm sure they'd be able to help you...they run a bigger boat but if sharing costs it should work out a lot cheaper.....😃
Merry New Year Matt,
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Anyone hunted the looking glass? We have it for the 3rd period cheers
  
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Reply #62 - Jan 31st, 2020 at 5:54pm
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Hi,

My brother and I have got a late allocation for Light River. We did Doon a few years ago when I was living in NZ. Now in Oz so the costs and logistics are a lot more. Any advice on access, campsites etc, what you thought of it, and of course where best to head would be appreciated. We won't take any for meat and will only pull the trigger on a decent head (I suspect they'll be mostly Red in this block?). Had a fantastic time in the Doon, watched a few animals but nothing big enough to shoot, keen to feed some more sandflies.
  
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