Hawke's Bay

Hawke's Bay Region

The Hawke’s Bay Region is a hunting and fishing paradise with four major rivers creating endless opportunities to land a fearsome fighting trout or bag a crafty game bird.

Success for young hunters in the Hawkes Bay

Each year, nine junior game bird licence holders from the Hawkes Bay region get to go on a Fathers Day driven pheasant shoot at the historic Tuna Nui Station.

Trout and angling under threat

Trout and salmon are facing one of the most serious threats posed to them as a result of new legislation just introduced to Parliament.


The Hawke’s Bay Region offers the wilderness and excitement of the Kaweka and Ruahine ranges where all its major rivers originate, before meandering through the rolling foothills and out onto flat and lush plains.

The region is blessed with great access to all the major rivers and most are no more than an hour’s drive from the main centres like Napier. Great angling is on offer in rivers ranging from the Tukituki to the Mohaka, and the region has some of the North Island’s best headwater fisheries.

Mallard, grey duck and hybrids are the most popular game birds of the region. Both these species respond well to calling and decoying and can be found on most of the region's rivers, streams, dams and lakes. The region’s scrubby river margins bordered by vineyards and orchards create ideal upland game habitat.


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2018- 2019 Anglers Notice Review


Hawkes Bay Fish & Game is reviewing the fishing regulations for the 2018/19 fishing season that began October 1, 2018. Licenceholders and the public are invited to submit on any issues that they may have identified with the current regulations - for consideration by the Hawkes Bay Fish & Game Council. Any suggested changes and reasons for them are welcomed. Please email your suggestions to Regional Manager Jesse Friedlander: jfriedlander@fishandgame.org.nz 


Upcoming Council Meeting Dates for 2018

Please Note change of date for next council

Tuesday –  November 6 , 6pm

Tuesday  - December 11 (&  AGM)




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Physical Address:
The Game Farm, 22 Burness Road Greenmeadows, Napier.

Postal address:
PO Box 7345 Taradale, Napier 4141.

(06) 844-2460

(06) 844 2461


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New fishing season kicks off 1st October, 2018

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Current hunting season started 5 May 2018

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