2020 Game Bird Season

Season opens Saturday May 23

Revised 2020 Game Bird Regulations

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Auckland / Waikato Region

The Auckland / Waikato Region offers a wide range of freshwater fishing opportunities with many lake, river and back country fisheries, most with easy access and high scenic values.


Seven lakes within an hour’s drive of Auckland City are regularly stocked with trout, and wild trout are abundant in the Mangatawhiri and Mangatangi reservoirs. There is also good trout fishing in the Coromandel ranges.

The Waikato-Hauraki area is also known as the country's ‘duck factory.’ Those living in the region have ready access to the best waterfowl hunting in the country – most of it within an hour’s drive of Auckland city.

Hunting areas include public land and major areas of wetland owned by the Crown and Fish & Game that are readily accessible via roads, walkways and boat ramps.

(Photos courtesy Cory Scott FlyFishing)

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Upcoming Council Dates for 2020

Auckland/Waikato Fish and Game Council meetings are held at 11am,  Deerstalkers Hall, Wairere Drive, Hamilton

Feb 29

March 21

May 16

August 22

October 17

December 12


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Fishing season opens 1st of October each year

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2020 Game bird hunting season starts on Saturday May 23

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