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Freshwater Fishing Regulations

Fish & Game NZ provides regulations for gamebird hunting and fishing throughout New Zealand (except Taupo, where fishing is administered by DOC). These regulations are amended each year to suit changing sporting and environmental conditions.

Local Regulations:

Each region has its own set of regulations working in conjunction with the national regulations.  Please be aware of and adhere to local regulations at all times - they are designed to ensure the sustainability of gamebird hunting and fishing and safeguard the wonderful natural resource that is the New Zealand environment.

To view the freshwater fishing regulations for your local region, click on the map at the top right of this page to select your region, then click on the 'Regulations' link under Fishing (in the right hand column of the page).

Anglers Notice in the NZ Gazette:

The purpose of the Anglers’ Notice is to set out the conditions under which a licence holder may fish for sports fish in each Fish and Game region. As soon as practicable after the notice for each season is approved by the Minister of Conservation, the NZ Council is required to publish the notice in the New Zealand Gazette.

Anglers Notice in the NZ Gazette

Fish & Game Fishing Regulations Booklets:

Fish & Game New Zealand reproduces the regulations contained in the Notice in the form of North and South Island booklets as free guides for anglers. Anglers should ensure they obtain a booklet when they purchase a fishing licence

The regulations printed in the guide booklets are subject to the Minister of Conservation’s approval. A copy of the published notice in the New Zealand Gazette is available above.


All North Island Fishing Regulations previous years for 2013-14
All South Island Fishing Regulations previous yeas for  2013-14



Licences, Fees and Forms Notice:

The Licences, Fees and Forms Notice is issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989. Each notice is signed by the Minister of Conservation and administered by the Department of Conservation. The notice:

  • fixes the forms and classes of licence
  • fixes the scope and effect of those classes of licence
  • provides for the licences issued for any region to be available in all other regions
  • fixes the fees payable to fish and game councils for licences.

The notice is a form of regulation. Under Standing Order 314 all regulations are subject to examination and possible investigation by the Regulations Review Committee. This means that the New Zealand Fish and Game Council must respond to questions raised by the Committee on each of the two notices and report its responses to the Committee via the Department of Conservation.

Click on the following link to view the current Sports Fishing Licences, Fees, and Forms Notice.