Canterbury man charged for travelling 230km to illegally hunt during the lockdown

A 33-year-old has been charged after taking a 230-kilometre round trip to hunt illegally during New Zealand's COVID-19 lockdown.

The man was caught on his four-day trip in Canterbury's Lewis Pass on Department of Conservation land.

He is charged with unlawful hunting and with obstructing a medical officer of health and will appear in court in June, police said in a statement.

With New Zealand now at alert level 3, people are allowed to hunt on private land with special restrictions. Hunting on public conservation land is still not permitted.

"If you're thinking of going hunting during alert level 3, be sure to follow the strict rules," said Canterbury rural area commander Inspector Peter Cooper.

"Police will have the discretion to take the appropriate action against anyone flouting Alert Level 3 restrictions."

Insp Cooper said police will continue to take alert level breaches seriously.

Last week, five men were arrested in Waikato after reports of illegal hunting in the Waitomo area.