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Conditions of Fishing Licence Sale:

Fish & Game's sports fishing licences are valid for use throughout New Zealand (except in the Chatham Islands and in the Taupo Fishing District). For more information on fishing regulations in Taupo, see the Department of Conservation website www.doc.govt.nz.

Your licence is a permit to fish for sports fish in accordance with the regulations governing the Fish and Game New Zealand region in which you are fishing. It does not grant or imply any right of access over land. If you want to walk over private land, please first get the permission of the land occupier.

YOU MUST PURCHASE AND SIGN YOUR LICENCE BEFORE YOU GO FISHING.

You must have your licence with you whenever you are fishing or carrying assembled fishing gear.

Your licence contributes towards the management and protection of New Zealand's sports fishery and hunting resources. Because you are making your contribution we have to try and make sure that other users also make their contribution. That is why we have rangers who check that anglers and hunters have licences.

If you purchased your licence over the Internet or the 0800 telephone service (0800 542 362) and you wish to fish or hunt before you have received your 'plastic' licence in the mail, you may, but you must carry:

  • Some form of positive identification, ie a driver's licence. This is so that if a ranger asks you for your licence you can prove who you are.
  • Your licence ID number shown on the receipt at the time of purchase. It is recommended you keep this receipt with you when fishing until your 'plastic' licence arrives.

If your licence hasn't arrived after 10 days from your issue date, please contact fishandgame@eyede.com.

Licences are not upgradable, exchangeable or refundable.

Report lost or stolen licences to your local Fish and Game office and they'll issue you with a replacement.

Family Licences:

  • This licence is to encourage family participation in fishing
  • The licence allows up to two adult partners and their children or grandchildren who are under 18 years of age on 1 October to fish together
  • Family participants may only fish when accompanied by either the primary or secondary licence holder
  • Only the primary licence holder may use this licence independently
  • If family participants, including the secondary licence holder, wish to fish independently they will require a separate licence.

Reporting Tagged Fish:

If any of the fish you catch have tags attached to them, please return all tags together with the details (length, weight, location, and method of capture) to your local Fish & Game New Zealand office. This information is essential to allow Fish & Game New Zealand to effectively manage the fishery.

Further Information:

Freshwater fishing is a privilege and privileges can be removed if abused. We must all maintain high fishing standards - refer to your 'Fishing Code of Practice' in the Fishing Guide for details.

The Fishing Guide also has all you need to know about regulations, helpful hints on access, regional Fish & Game maps and much more. This guide is an essential companion to your fishing licence. Make sure you get one with your licence.

Further information is available by contacting your nearest Fish & Game office. Click on your region on the interactive map, at the top right of the Fish & Game NZ website, to find the contact details of your local Fish & Game office. Alternatively, contact details are provided in the regulation guides.

Non-Resident Licence

  • A non-resident is defined as a person who is neither a New Zealand citizen, nor a permanent resident (as those terms are defined insection 4 of the Immigration Act 2009).
  • As noted above, a NZ citizen (by birth certificate, passport, citizenship) is not a non-resident, regardless of place of residence, & therefore does not require a non-resident license.
  • The licence allows an adult over 18 years of age on 1 October to fish anywhere in New Zealand (except the Taupo Fishery administered by the Department of Conservation).
  • The licence represents a whole season licence and may be endorsed on request as a backcountry or controlled period licence at no additional charge.
  • Non-residents are not eligible for a family or winter licence. Non-residents can still buy a 24 hour licence (or multiples thereof) to fish on a daily basis.
  • The licence holder has to hold the appropriate licence to be authorised to fish.

Conditions of Game Bird Hunting Licence Sale:

Fish & Game's game bird hunting licences are valid for use throughout New Zealand (except in the Chatham Islands).

Your licence is a permit to hunt for game birds in accordance with the regulations governing the Fish and Game New Zealand region in which you are hunting. It does not grant or imply any right of access over land. If you want to walk over private land, please first get the permission of the land occupier.

YOU MUST PURCHASE AND SIGN YOUR LICENCE BEFORE YOU GO HUNTING.

You must have your licence with you whenever you are hunting or carrying assembled hunting gear.

Your licence contributes towards the management and protection of New Zealand's sports fishery and hunting resources. Because you are making your contribution we have to try and make sure that other users also make their contribution. That is why we have rangers who check that anglers and hunters have licences.

If you purchased your licence over the Internet or the 0800 telephone service (0800 542 362) and you wish to fish or hunt before you have received your 'plastic' licence in the mail, you may, but you must carry:

  • Some form of positive identification, ie a driver's licence. This is so that if a ranger asks you for your licence you can prove who you are.
  • Your licence ID number shown on the receipt at the time of purchase. It is recommended you keep this receipt with you when fishing until your 'plastic' licence arrives.

If your licence hasn't arrived after 10 days from your issue date, please contact fishandgame@eyede.com.

Licences are not upgradable, exchangeable or refundable.

Report lost or stolen licences to your local Fish and Game office and they'll issue you with a replacement.

Contributing to Conservation:

There is a $2 game bird habitat stamp fee included in the price of a game hunting licence. This $2 fee and the net revenue from the sale of game bird habitat stamps and associated products sold by NZ Post are paid to the New Zealand Game Bird Habitat Trust Board. The Trust Board uses this money to provide grants to projects helping conserve New Zealand's wildlife habitat.

Remember that in addition to your game hunting licence, you need a firearms licence to possess a firearm. Anyone 16 years of age or over may apply at to the New Zealand Police for a firearms licence.

Tagging & Pegging Out:

With the purchase of a whole season game licence you will also receive a Hunting Stand Claim Tag. If you 'pegged out' or 'tagged' a spot in the previous gamebird season you can use this tag to 'peg' your spot any day, from when the licences become available in mid-March up to 10am on pegging day (usually the Sunday four weeks prior to the opening weekend). After 10am on pegging day, any licence holder can peg any spot not already pegged, thereby claiming the right to shoot from this spot.

Banded Birds:

If you shoot any bird with a band on its leg remember to recover the band, record the band number, location and date where the bird was shot and your contact details and send this to your local Fish and Game New Zealand office. This information is essential to allow Fish and Game New Zealand to effectively manage game birds.

Further Information:

Game bird hunting is a privilege and privileges can be removed if abused. We must all maintain high hunting standards - refer to your 'Hunting Code of Practice' in the Game Bird Hunting Guide for details.

The Game Bird Hunting Guide also has all you need to know about season regulations, helpful hints on access, regional Fish and Game maps and much more. This guide is an essential companion to your hunting licence. Make sure you get one with your licence.

Further information is available by contacting your nearest Fish & Game office. Click on your region on the interactive map, at the top right of the Fish & Game NZ website, to find the contact details of your local Fish & Game office. Alternatively, contact details are provided in the regulation guides.