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 Both Barrels Apr 2014

Counting the sleeps until OPENING WEEKEND!  

Welcome to the first instalment of ‘Both Barrels’ for the Southland region.


Southland Reel Life Mar 2014

The Waiau River has been under the microscope

Southland’s largest river the Upper Waiau between lakes Te Anau and Manapouri has had some media attention of late – for all the right reasons. The river has produced fantastic fishing once the flow came down to approachable levels.


Southland Reel Life Feb 2014

We are hearing a number of grumbles about the lack of mayfly activity on the Mataura River and it certainly seems that decent mayfly hatches are now never seen until later in the season. This could discourage some anglers, however Mataura trout are at their most vulnerable at present because they are fixated on their other favourite summer food item – the willow grub.


Southland Reel Life Jan 2014

We’ll what a ‘summer’ it’s been so far, not one of Southland’s best. However, there are some positives for anglers, although probably not sufficient to offset our general frustrations. The good news is that this week’s forecast looks awesome, so perhaps summer has finally arrived?