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Rabbit control operation in Wānaka and Albert Town

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About the rabbit control operation

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is undertaking rabbit control this winter in a number of locations throughout Wānaka and Albert Town, working with Otago Regional Council (ORC), the Department of Conservation (DOC), Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) and private land owners in the process.

The operation was undertaken starting on Monday 19 July 2021. Signage will remain in place in control areas until it is safe to allow dogs off lead.

Some rabbit control work postponed:

We've made the decision to postpone rabbit control works in reserve areas around Albert Town and Hikuwai until winter 2022.

This is due to the timing of the Alert Level 4 lockdown, and the reserves targeted being high profile, and as people are encouraged to undertake exercise close to home, they are likely to be busier than usual.

Furthermore, warm and generally wet weather right through winter has also led to a very early spring. Coupled with both the delays of and uncertainty around lockdown, QLDC has determined that the baiting operation in reserves around Albert Town is outside the seasonal period of achieving a successful result.

Control methods

Toxic Pindone carrot baits will be placed on the ground within a number of reserves near Wānaka and Albert Town.

What is Pindone?

Pindone is a first generation anticoagulant and is used very successfully in New Zealand and Australia for rabbit control. As it needs to be consumed over several days to be effective, carrot baits will be applied to the control locations three times, one week apart each time.

Be cautious

QLDC strongly advises all to exercise caution if entering any of the control operation areas while baits are being applied. People should avoid touching the baits, or removing carcasses from a targeted area.

Dog owners should keep dogs on a leash and under control if near an area in which the rabbit control operation is underway. If you suspect your dog has been poisoned you should contact your local vet.

The above precautions apply as long as signage is in place. Once signage is removed, the all clear has been given.


This rabbit control operation will be undertaken in the following locations:

Rabbit control in the following locations has been postponed until winter 2022:

Contact us

If you have any questions or concerns about this operation, please contact QLDC's Services team on

Or, get in touch with our Parks Service Delivery Manager on (03) 441 0499.

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