Zealand is a freshwater anglers dream location. Our trout
and salmon fisheries are rated among the best in the world. Every
year thousands of Kiwis and overseas visitors experience the
wonderful angling opportunities afforded by our pristine lakes,
rivers and streams.
New Zealand Information Network has prepared this
anglers regional guide to enable you to plan a great
fishing holiday itinerary.
The U.S. author Zane Grey dubbed New Zealand The
Anglers Eldorado last century and this remains true
today. The pursuit of trout and salmon is a natural birthright
for Kiwis and we are fortunate to have public access along the
margins of most of our lakes and rivers. Our fisheries are in
good hands as they are administered by recreational anglers who
are elected to Fish and Game Councils in each region. Lake Taupo
is managed by the Department of Conservation and requires a
special fishing licence.
are a truly wild sports fish because farming is banned and it is
illegal to sell trout in New Zealand. Restaurant menus dont
feature trout but some fishing lodges will cook and serve fish
caught by their guests.
Fishing licences can be obtained from Fish and Game offices, from
sports shop agents and specialist fishing stores throughout the
country, or by calling 0800 542 362. A national licence can be
purchased on a daily, weekly, monthly basis, or for a whole
season. A separate licence is required for the special Lake Taupo
Fish and Game region has its own landscapes, fishing conditions
and regulations. These are all defined in comprehensive booklets,
which are available from regional offices or by phoning the New
Zealand Fish and Game Wellington office on (04) 499 4767. In most
North Island fisheries the season is October 1 to June 30 and in
the South Island it is October 1 to April 30. Numerous lakes and
river systems are open all year round.
Professionally guided fishing tours and multi-day safaris are
available in all regions with all gear provided. Visitors can
also rent equipment from fishing stores. There has never been a
better time to fish for trout and salmon. The lakes and rivers
are well stocked with large fish in top condition.
Welcome to the great New Zealand freshwater fishery. We trust
that your fishing holiday will be a productive and memorable