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.

Fishing Locations & Access

Fish & Game New Zealand’s Taranaki region offers a wide variety of freshwater fishing experiences in a scenic and uncrowded environment


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 starting to review the fishing regulations for the 2018/19 fishing season that begins 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 at their meetings in February, April and June 2018. Any suggested changes and reasons for them are welcomed. Please email your suggestions to Acting Regional Manager Bruce Bates: hunt&fish@ngamatea.co.nz 


Upcoming Council Meeting Dates for 2018


Rescheduled to Thursday  - June 21 @ 6pm

Tuesday -  August 7

Wednesday – October 17

Tuesday  - November 27 (&  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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Current hunting season started 5 May 2018

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