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Fishing Licence Info

Your licence can be used in any area administered by Fish and Game New Zealand but cannot be used in the Taupo Fishing District. For more information on fishing regulations in Taupo, see the Department of
Conservation website

Your licence is a permit to fish for sports fish in accordance with the regulations governing the Fish and Game New Zealand region in which you are fishing. It does not grant or imply any right of access over land. If you want to walk over private land, please first get the permission of the land occupier.

YOU MUST PURCHASE AND SIGN YOUR LICENCE BEFORE YOU GO FISHING OR HUNTING. You must then have your licence with you whenever you are fishing or hunting or carrying assembled fishing or hunting gear.

Licences are not refundable. You can only upgrade a licence within a month of purchase.

Report lost or stolen licences to your local Fish and Game office and they'll issue you with a replacement.

You can view more information on fishing licence categories, terms and conditions and fishing licence FAQs below. 


Fishing Licence Costs:

*Junior: $25.00
Child [free]
**Family: $160.00

****Adult non-resident: $160.00



$ 74.00
*Junior: $ 15.00
Child: [free]

  24 HOUR
: $ 25.00
*Junior $ 7.00
Child [free]

* Adults: 18 years + on 1 October 2014
  Junior: 12 to 17 years on 1 October 2014

** Family: 2 adults and up to 4 children

*** Winter season runs from April 1 to September 30

****Non-resident means a person who is neither a New Zealand citizen nor a permanent resident (as those terms are defined in section 4 of the Immigration Act 2009). For more information CLICK HERE

Fishing Backcountry Licence and Controlled Fishery Licence [free] (See Backcountry Licence and Controlled Fishery Licence pages for information)

Buying Your Licence:

You can purchase your licence in several ways:

  • Online: by visiting our online licence system
  • By phone: Call our freephone licence number (0800 542 362).
  • In person: Visit any Fish & Game office or regional licence agent (view your local region's pages using the map above to find address and contact details of local licence agents).

Please note: there is a $5 booking fee for call centre licence applications if you use the 0800 service (0800 LICENCE or 0800 542 362). This service is available during normal work hours.

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