To fish a designated backcountry fishery you first require a Whole Season Sports Fishing Licence. If you are a visitor from overseas you must buy a Non-Resident Licence.
Whole season licence categories include, Adult, Junior, Family or Child.
Once you obtain a Whole Season Licence you can then apply for a regional Backcountry Licence endorsement. This entitles you to fish the designated backcountry fishery within a specific Fish & Game region.
Currently there are three Fish & Game regions within New Zealand with designated backcountry fisheries; they are the Wellington, Otago and Southland regions. You must apply for a separate Backcountry Licence for each region you intend to fish.
Once your Backcountry Licence application is complete you will receive a confirmation email which can be printed and carried with you when fishing. You may also write your Backcountry Licence number onto your whole season plastic licence card which must be produced if requested by a Fish & Game ranger.
Backcountry Licence holders are required to co-operate in the collection of information as requested by Fish & Game. This can take the form of field interviews, online surveys or both.
The participation in online surveys is vital to the effective management of our backcountry waters. Failure to participate in information gathering may jeopardize future licence applications.
Anglers intending to fish a Controlled Fishery must first obtain a Whole Season Licence and regional Backcountry Licence specific to the region where the Controlled Fishery is located.