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Species Requiring A Licence

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

Sports Fish:

The Freshwater Fisheries Regulations 1983 Schedule 1 defines the following species as “sports fish”:

  • Brown trout (Salmo trutta):
  • Rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss, formerly known as Salmo gairdneri):
  • American brook trout or char (Salvelinus fontinalis):
  • Lake trout or char (Salvelinus namaycush):
  • Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar):
  • Quinnat or chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha):
  • Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka):
  • Perch (Perca fluviatilis):
  • Tench (Tinca tinca):
  • Rudd (Scardinius erythrophthalmus) found or taken in the Auckland Acclimatisation District—

and includes any hybrid and the young, fry, ova, and spawn, and any part of any such fish; but does not include salmon preserved in cans and imported into New Zealand.

Game Birds:

The Wildlife Act 1953 schedule 1 defines the following species as wildlife declared to be game birds:

  • Black swan (Cygnus atratus) (except on Chatham Islands)
  • Chukar (Alectoris chukar): except on Chatham Islands
  • Duck:
    • Australasian shoveler (Anas rhynchotis)
    • Grey duck (Anas superciliosa) and any cross of that species with any other species, variety, or kind of duck (except on Chatham Islands).
    • Mallard duck (Anas platyrhynchos) and any cross of that species with any other species, variety, or kind of duck (except on Chatham Islands).
  • Paradise shelduck (Tadorna variegata)
  • Partridge:
    • Grey partridge (Perdix perdix): except on Chatham Islands
    • Red-legged partridge (Alectoris rufa rufa): except on Chatham Islands
    • Pheasant—
      • any bird, not being a domestic bird, of the genus Phasianus and any cross of any such bird with any other species, variety, or kind of pheasant: except on Chatham Islands
    • Pukeko (Porphyrio melanotus) (except on Chatham Islands).
    • Quail—
      • Bobwhite quail (Colinus virginianus): except on Chatham Islands
      • Brown quail (Coturnix ypsilophora): except on Chatham Islands
      • California quail (Callipepla californica): except on Chatham Islands