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

Insights into duckling survival & female mallard brooding behavior

Southland Fish & Game Officer Erin Garrick has received top marks for her thesis towards a Masters in Wildlife Management on Duckling Survival & Habitat Selection of Brood-Rearing Mallard Females.


Southland Reel Life May 2016

Most of the larger brown trout in Southland’s rivers will certainly be in spawning mode at the moment.


Southland Both Barrels May 2016

Opening day is probably the only day of the year when I wake up and I’m upset by a lack of wind!