FWF Account and Ballot entry

Welcome to the FWF ballot entry system. To find out more information about the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation please go to the main FWF website. This is a site dedicated to entry into the ballot.

Changes from 2021 Ballot

The 7 core blocks are now only available to FWF Ballot Members. All hunters must update their FWF ballot account and agree to the terms and conditions of Ballot Membership to be eligible for those blocks. Ballot Membership is free but must be agreed to by each hunter on their account.

NOTE: All current FWF members must ALSO update their FWF ballot account to become Ballot Members.

Non-members in a party

If a party has any Ballot non-Members in it will not be drawn for a core block even if they've chosen one.

It is hunter's responsibility to ensure they have updated their FWF account on this site. Party leaders should check with everyone in their party if they want to choose core blocks.

For more information and terms see the Ballot Membership page.


Hunting party ballot entry

Entries open from midnight 1st October 2021 until 5:00pm 30th November 2021.

If everyone in your group already has an account, you're ready to create a hunting party and enter the ballot. Choose a party leader as your contact; the leader logs in with their FWF account and enters all party member's usernames (including their own) and all blocks required in preference order.

Login  then  Enter a party

Login to monitor any entry you currently have.

2022 Ballot dates

Entries open from midnight 1st October 2021 until 5:00pm 30th November 2021.

The ballot will be drawn on 1st December 2021 and parties notified shortly thereafter.

All parties must confirm any allocation by 5:00pm 21st December 2021 and within 7 days of any fill-in draw.

Dates for the 2022 Ballot blocks are:

  • 1st period: 20th March – 29th March 2022,
  • 2nd period: 30th March – 8th April,
  • 3rd period: 9th April – 18th April,
  • 4th period: 19th April – 28th April 2022 (limited to core blocks and for Ballot Members only)

Briefings will be held the night before each blocks start at 6:00pm; 19th March, 29th March, 8th April, 18th April. Usually held at the Te Anau Rugby Club, but look out for details closer to the time via Facebook.

About FWF accounts

To enter the draw everyone in your hunting party must have a FWF ballot account. You will need an email address and your personal information. All hunters must also enter their Firearms License number. For more about FWF accounts, see the Accounts page.

Any party hoping to be drawn for the core Ballot Member blocks must be certain EVERYONE in its party is a Ballot Member.

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Ballot process basics

  • Each hunter registers their own individual account.
  • A party leader enters hunters into a party, chooses the preferred block and period order, submits the form, and pays the entry fee for all members (NZ$50 per hunter (or NZ$130 per overseas hunter)).
  • Until ballot entries close, party members may be changed.
  • Block preferences and order cannot be edited – make sure you are happy BEFORE submitting.
  • Only hunters who are 'Ballot Members' are eligible for member blocks. MAKE SURE ALL party members have updated their FWF account or you will ALL miss out on those blocks.
  • On ballot day, parties are randomly numbered and a random priority order is drawn.
  • If your party is drawn, your block and period preference order is checked and the first available place offered to you.
    Note: If your list only has a certain number of places added, only those places will be offered (if available); other blocks or periods will be ignored, your party skipped entirely for the year, and the next party checked.
  • Parties are drawn until all available periods and blocks are filled.
  • Parties are emailed and can either decline or accept their allocation. You must accept and pay by December 21st or within 7 days of a fill-in draw or your party will be withdrawn for the year.
    Note: if you decline an allocation you will miss out entirely for the current year.

For more information or to answer common queries, see the Ballot FAQ page and read the Ballot Conditions and FWF terms.