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.

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.

Fish & Game elections 2018

Are you a keen angler or hunter or both who’d like a bigger say in how fishing and game bird hunting is managed?


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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Upcoming Council Dates for 2018

Feb 21

Mar 4 Lake Lyndon Family fishing day

Apr 18

Jun 20

Aug 15

Oct 17

Dec 12 (AGM and Council Meeting)

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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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Current hunting season started 5 May 2018

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