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Fishing Licence Info

Your licence can be used in any area administered by Fish and Game New Zealand but cannot be used in the Taupo Fishing District. For more information on fishing regulations in Taupo, see the Department of
Conservation website

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

Licences are not refundable. You can only upgrade a licence within one month of purchase.

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

You can view more information on fishing licence categories, terms and conditions and fishing licence FAQs below. 


Fishing Licence Costs:

Adult $123.00
Junior $25.00
Child free
Family $160.00
Non-Resident $160.00

WINTER SEASON (1 April 2015 - 30 September 2015):
Adult $74.00
Junior $15.00
Child free

24 HOUR:
Junior $7.00 

Child free

Fishing Licence Categories:

Age Categories:
 18 years and over on 1 October 2014
Junior 12 - 17 years on 1 October 2014
Child 11 years and under on 1 October 2014

Non Resident Licence:
Non-resident means a person who is neither a New Zealand citizen nor a permanent resident (as those terms are defined in section 4 of the Immigration Act 2009). Junior and Child anglers are excluded from Non-Resident Licence requirements. For more information click here

Family Licence: 
A family licence may include up to 2 adults (parents or grandparents) and 4 children (or grandchildren) under the age of 18 on 1 October 2014

Whole Season:
Valid from 1 October 2014 to 30 September

Winter Season:
Valid from 1 April 2015 to 30 September 2015

Backcountry Licence and Controlled Fishery Licence:
To fish designated backcountry rivers you must apply for a Backcountry Licencewhich is issued at no additional cost, once you have purchased the appropriate Whole Season Licence. Once you have obtained your Backcountry Licence you will be able to apply for a Controlled Fishery Licence (also at no additional cost).

Buying Your Licence:

You can purchase your licence in several ways:

  • Online: by visiting our online licence system
  • By phone: Call our freephone licence number 0800 LICENCE (0800 542 362) during business hours ($5 booking fee)
  • In person: Visit any Fish & Game office or regional licence agent (view your local region's pages using the map above to find address and contact details of local licence agents)
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