Hunting News & Events

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King Country Special Paradise Shelduck Season
Northern Area Special Paradise Shelduck Season
Invitation to Banding
Take a Mate



Sorry but the numbers were under the threshold for having this event this year (2023).



18th & 19th February 2023

Please select here to view poster.


HOURS OF HUNTING: 6.30am - 8.00pm


That area North of the Harbour Bridge and Bethells Road, leading out to the West Coast, within the A/W Fish & Game region. Please select here for maps.


Permit/diary are not needed this year, but you must carry your 2022 hunting licence. If hunters do not have a 2022 game licence these can be obtained online at, or from your local licence retailer.

An adult day licence costs $23 and a junior day licence is $8.

PLEASE NOTE: It is imperative that the daily limit be adhered to.




Auckland Waikato Fish & Game Council Mallard/Grey Duck Banding Schedule 2023

This is an invitation for volunteers to help with the banding of birds.

Sometimes a banding weekend may be delayed or even shifted if bird numbers have yet to build. Please RSVP your intentions to be sure you’re in the loop so we can update you.

  • Start: 8:00am on weekdays and Saturdays.  8:30am on Sundays. 
  • Kids very welcome if supervised.  In fact, lots of little jobs for them to do and a posted certificate afterwards, (their name & mailing address required).
  • Ducks have blunt bills so kids will come to no harm.  In fact, it can be quite an experience for them handling live birds.
  • DoC Banding Office log-books signed off to confirm attendance.
  • For maps to any of these sites, just email John Dyer. 
  • An RSVP will assist our planning.
  • Usually, we go ahead whatever the weather.  But if it is called off for some reason, we can’t tell you if we’re not expecting you.
  • Bring sunscreen, a raincoat, water, snacks and hat.  Long-pants suggested, (ducks have somewhat scratchy feet).
  • Hand-wash will be available.  
  • Choose a site/s and date/s that best suits you.
  • The usual Covid precautions apply.  If you are feeling unwell or have recently tested positive, please stay at home this time.  We hope to see you when you are feeling much better next time.

For location map/s email or phone 0210 243 0015.


Locations and dates:


Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 January 2023

Farm belonging to Wendy Young, 33 South Head Road, Parakai.  Meet outside house. If late, we are in the paddock opposite where you can also park. 

Late and/or lost: John Dyer 0210 243 0015.


Paeroa, Hauraki Plains

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 January 2023

1244 Hauraki Road, Netherton RD1. Paeroa. 3671.

Drive past cowshed straight down race until you see vehicles in the paddocks. 

Late and/or lost: David Klee 021 300 183.


Glen Murray

(west of Te Kauwhata/Rangiriri across 1-lane Waikato River bridge).

Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 January 2023

Farm belonging to Mr Colin Sherrard, 912 Glen Murray Road, Rangiriri. Assemble at the top of the farm track first. If late, we are down the main farm track, up and over the hill, where you can also park.

Late and/or lost: David Klee 021 300 183.


Aka Aka

Saturday 28 and Sunday 28 January 2023

Sands’ family farm. 648 Aka Aka Road, Franklin.  We are 360m down the track, look for entry sign by 1st shed on right and park in paddock adjoining.  

Late and/or lost: John Dyer 0210 243 0015.



Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February 2023

Ron’s Pond.  Borrows Road, (off Whangaripo Valley Road, off Matheson Rd on the top of SH1, Wellsford).

Along Borrows Road we  are the 2nd track on the right, (with 37 and a blue arrow on a sign on the post.  Follow the arrow).  Meet & park at cowshed. If late, walk down the track by turning hard left, past the cowshed double-gates.  We are under 400m along this track.  Please leave gate shut if you found it that way and please don’t block gate access for large farm machinery.

Late and/or lost: John Dyer 0210 243 0015.


Te Awamutu

Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February 2023

Two sites in Paterangi, west of Te Awamutu:

First site:  Meet at Ellis Finch property, 972 Paterangi Road, Te Awamutu.  Dairy number “73654” by entry gate: Assemble in yard first.

Afterwards, meet at Peter Shaw property, 1311 Paterangi Road, Te Awamutu, (opposite Paterangi School):

Late and/or lost: ring David Klee 021 300 183.



OPENING WEEKEND - Take a mate Hunting - for only $4

Do you have a mate, relative, friend, co-worker or know somebody who is keen to give duck hunting a go, but doesn’t want to pay the full cost of a licence? If so, on a strictly first-come-first-served basis, limited to the first 100 hunters who email or select here to fill in form with their 2022 Game bird licence number, we will let you take your mate hunting on opening weekend for the $4 cost of the Habitat Stamp which is affixed to the licence – which as you will recall, is used solely to create, protect and restore wetland habitat.

The offer is strictly limited to those people (i.e. the mate) who have not purchased a licence before (and we have extensive database records on our computer going back for the last decade to check this) .The offer applies only to opening weekend – recipients of the mate’s licence must be accompanied by a whole season licence holder – and it only applies to the Auckland/Waikato Fish & Game region. The mate must of course comply with the Game Bird Hunting Regulations. There has never been a better opportunity to introduce your friend, spouse, son or daughter to game bird hunting.

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