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 Both Barrels Jun 2015

I find that the end of the season always sneaks up on you, and that’s especially so this year with our two month season.


Southland Both Barrels MAy 2015

Mixed opening fortunes

It seems that the only day of the year with predictable weather in Southland is the Opening Weekend of the waterfowl season, when you can almost guarantee it will be calm, clear and sunny for most of the region.


Southland Reel Life Apr 2015

We are very pleased to introduce Cohen Stewart as the newly appointed Fish and Game Officer on the Southland Fish & Game team.


Southland Both Barrels Apr 2015

Mallard hunting in Southland is expected to be pretty good this opening weekend.