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 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

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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.

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Southland Reel Life Sep 2014

The abundance of trout in our rivers is especially dependent on good environmental conditions.

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Southland Both Barrels Jun 2014

I’m sure many of you are like me and start each new season with the firm idea that you’ll do ‘a lot more this year’.

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