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 Apr 2014

As we pass daylight savings and many of us give an involuntary shiver as we think of the approaching winter, it’s easy to forget that there are still some excellent angling opportunities. Many anglers are distracted by the roar, and then the upcoming Opening Weekend of the duck hunting season and rightly so. However, by now you should have all scrubbed your maimai and checked your decoys, so what better way to pass the nervous wait until Opening than a nice afternoon on the river?


Southland Both Barrels Apr 2014

Counting the sleeps until OPENING WEEKEND!  

Welcome to the first instalment of ‘Both Barrels’ for the Southland region.


Southland Reel Life Mar 2014

The Waiau River has been under the microscope

Southland’s largest river the Upper Waiau between lakes Te Anau and Manapouri has had some media attention of late – for all the right reasons. The river has produced fantastic fishing once the flow came down to approachable levels.


Southland Reel Life Feb 2014

We are hearing a number of grumbles about the lack of mayfly activity on the Mataura River and it certainly seems that decent mayfly hatches are now never seen until later in the season. This could discourage some anglers, however Mataura trout are at their most vulnerable at present because they are fixated on their other favourite summer food item – the willow grub.