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 Sep 2014

The abundance of trout in our rivers is especially dependent on good environmental conditions.


Southland Both Barrels Jun 2014

I’m sure many of you are like me and start each new season with the firm idea that you’ll do ‘a lot more this year’.


Southland Reel Life May 2014

Yes, winter appears to have arrived early this year, with the recent cold icy blast.


Southland Both barrels May 2014

As is often the case opening day was fine and clear with only the slightest hint of a breeze over most of Southland.