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 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.


Southland Reel Life Dec 2014

As the wet, windy and wild spring that Southland’s endured looks to have finally come to an end...


Southland Reel Life Nov 2014

Local farmers say it’s been one of the wettest springs on record. Not just the rain but cold winds, hail and general grottiness


Southland Reel Life Oct 2014

As is often the case in Southland, the first few days of the season provided a bit of a tease, with rivers running high, providing good opportunities for spin and bait fishing in particular.