Please read the following information and click the link below to apply for your Backcountry Endorsement.
To fish a designated backcountry fishery a Backcountry Endorsement is required on your licence. You first require one of these qualifying Whole Season Sports Fishing Licences:
- Whole Season (Adult, Junior or Child)
- Loyal Senior
- Local Area (only qualifies for an endorsement in that region)
- Non Resident
If you are a visitor from overseas you must buy a Non-Resident Licence.
Once you have purchased a qualifying licence you are then eligble for a Backcountry Endorsement.
Currently there are five Fish & Game regions within New Zealand with designated backcountry fisheries; Wellington, Nelson/Marlborough, West Coast, Otago and Southland. When applying for your Backcountry Endorsement you must select each region you intend to fish. You can add another region to your licence at any time.
When you have obtained your Backcountry Licence Endorsement you will receive an updated copy of your licence by email showing the Backcountry Endorsement stamp and listing the regions for which you are endorsed. You must carry this copy of your licence when fishing designated backcountry rivers.
Please ensure that your correct personal email address is included on the application page. Online surveys are vital to the effective management of our backcountry waters and we require your participation.
Anglers intending to fish a Controlled Fishery must first obtain a Whole Season Licence and regional Backcountry Endorsement specific to the region where the Controlled Fishery is located.