Fishing & hunting

Photo: Great Lake Taupo

Fishing & hunting

New Zealand offers a great range of fishing and hunting opportunities against a backdrop of great scenery. Many of New Zealand's most pristine and spectacular landscapes can be experienced on an expedition in search of trophy trout, big game fish species, deer or waterfowl.

For the ultimate angler’s thrill, try your hand at big game fishing in the Bay of Islands – Striped Marlin grow unusually large in these waters, averaging around 100 kilograms. Inland, opportunities to fish for Brown and Rainbow Trout are available throughout the country: Rotorua, Taupo, Canterbury and Southland all provide great fishing spots. Salmon fishing can be experienced in Canterbury and on the West Coast.

A licence is required for trout fishing and regulations govern quantities and minimum catch sizes. See for detailed information.


New Zealand also offers some of the world’s finest waterfowl and trophy hunting. Hunting of some species is encouraged to keep numbers of artificially introduced animals in check and preserve native wildlife, but permits are required for those wishing to hunt on public conservation land.

In all cases, a professional guide will provide the best local knowledge and information, arrange permits if necessary and ensure your safety.

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