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 Dec 2015

Fish & Game staff made it up to a young angler who missed out on a kids fishing event.


Southland Reel Life Nov 2015

As most are painfully aware, Southland’s experienced an awfully windy spring.


Southland Reel Life Oct 2015

By most accounts the opening day of the trout fishing season was pretty good.


New Manager for Southland Fish and Game

Fish and Game has appointed a new Manager to replace Maurice Rodway who retires from the position in January 2016.