Southland Region

Southland offers great hunting for waterfowl, with vast areas of pastoral-based agriculture producing a large population of ducks. As a consequence the region has the most consistent mallard hunting in New Zealand.

The Southland Plains are bisected by four major rivers, the Aparima, Waiau, Oreti and Mataura. However, these represent just the starting point in a huge variety of fishing opportunities throughout the province. When you consider the dozens of smaller rivers and streams, as well as the lakes, it’s not too surprising that Southland has the highest participation in angling per capita of any region in New Zealand.

These pages will keep you up to date with important and timely information about fishing and hunting in the Southland region. Use the menu links on the right to navigate around between Southland pages.


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Southland News


Southland Reel Life Apr 2016

Come the end of April DO NOT retire your fishing rod for the season!

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Southland Both Barrels Apr 2016

I hope everyone has completed their last minute maimai duties, as opening weekend is not far away!

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Southland Reel Life Mar 2016

Make the most of the evening light

The end of daylight saving is looming and it’s getting darker much earlier.

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Southland Reel life Feb 2016

The annual drift dive survey of Southland's upper Oreti River has revealed a lift in trout trout numbers compared with the last couple of years.

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