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Licences

Every person who wants to go fresh water fishing or game bird hunting in New Zealand must first purchase a licence. The licence fees are primarily charged to cover the cost of managing the fish and birds and the habitat they depend on.

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Buy your freshwater fishing or game bird hunting licence online now.

Fishing Licence Info

Your licence is a permit to fish for sports fish in accordance with the regulations governing the Fish & Game New Zealand region in which you are fishing.

Hunting Licence Info

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

Species Requiring A Licence

You need a Fish & Game licence to fish or hunt the following species in New Zealand.

Back Country Licences

To fish a designated backcountry fishery you first require a Whole Season Sports Fishing Licence.

Controlled Fishery Licences

The aim of a Controlled Fishery is to manage angling pressure with the desired outcome to preserve a high quality angling and wilderness experience.

Non-Resident Licences

If you are a visitor from overseas planning more than a brief fishing trip, you must buy a Non-Resident Licence (NRL).

A non-resident is defined as anyone whose primary place of residence is not New Zealand.