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 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.


Southland Reel Life Feb 2015

Southland has the reputation as the only place in New Zealand you can have a white Christmas and I have seen snow falling on Christmas Day.