North Canterbury

North Canterbury Region

This region offers much to the angler. Without a doubt the star attraction of the region is the sea-run salmon fishery.

Public land hunting in North Canterbury

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North Canterbury Fishing Locations and Access


The Rakaia, Waimakariri, Hurunui and Waiau rivers offer excellent sea-run salmon fishing between November and March.

North Canterbury also offers great fishing for other species. More than 30 high country lakes offer land-locked salmon, brown trout, rainbow trout, mackinaw and splake. The upper reaches of the braided rivers offer high quality brown and rainbow trout with very big fish in places.

Mallard ducks are the most abundant and popular game bird in the region. Paradise shelduck is the next most popular species and like the mallard, also does well in developed land.

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Council Meeting Dates for the North Canterbury Fish and Game Council

Council meetings will be held on a Thursday eveningd and will commence at 5.30 pm. 

Unless otherwise notified, all meetings will be held at 595 Johns Road, Harewood, Christchurch 8051.

All stakeholders are welcome.

Note: Other meetings may be added as and when required.

Meeting Dates for 2023 

  • 7 December- Council Meeting and Annual Public Meeting

Meeting Dates for 2024

  • 22 February
  • 14 March
  • 23 May
  • 25 July
  • 26 September


Reports and advice received by North Canterbury Fish & Game on hatchery releases 

Report on Governance Audit of North Canterbury Fish and Game Council 2018


More Council Information

Physical Address:
595 Johns Road, Harewood, Christchurch 8051

Postal Address:
PO Box 50, Woodend 7641.

03 366 9191 or 0800-FISHANDGAME (0800 347 426)


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Game bird season opens first Saturday in May

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