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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.

Fishing Licence Facts

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.

Backcountry Licence Endorsements

Please note: New backcountry endorsement application pages are currently under construction.

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).


Fish & Game NZ provides regulations for gamebird hunting and fishing throughout New Zealand (except Taupo, where fishing is administered by DOC).