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 OCT 2016

The lead up to the opening day of the sports fishing season was looking very promising.


Southland Reel Life SEP 2016

It’s common for us Southlanders to be a bit pessimistic, but the incredible spring we’ve had so far really does make you wonder what is just around the corner?


Southland Both Barrels Jul 2016

As I am sure you are all aware, July is the last month to bag a duck in Southland for the 2016 season.


South Islanders still have a month of duck shooting to go!

Don’t put away the guns just yet; you still have a month to go!

South Island game bird hunters have until the end of July to harvest most Game bird species.

You can shoot until 31 July throughout the island for Grey, Mallard and Shoveller ducks.