Designated Waters Licence

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Otago Region

Fish & Game New Zealand’s Otago region extends from Shag Point on the South Island’s East Coast south to The Brothers Point in the Catlins area.

Where to hunt game birds in Otago

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The region runs inland to include the whole of both the Clutha and Taieri River catchments as well as a number of smaller coastal river catchments such as the Catlins, Tahakopa, Tokomairiro, Waikouaiti and Shag.

Otago has, without doubt, some of the most diverse waters for sports fishing in New Zealand. They range from the unique high country experiences on gin clear southern lakes river tributaries, to ‘put and take’ reservoir fisheries in Dunedin City.

The Otago Region also offers a veritable smorgasbord of game bird hunting  from mallards on large coastal wetlands, to upland game on briar rose-strewn Central Otago hills. In between there are countless pond and river bank hunting opportunities, along with small stream stalking and evening shooting over grain crops. Otago pretty much has it all when it comes to game bird hunting.

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2023 Otago Fish and Game Council meeting dates 

18-19 February 2023
Otago Fish & Game Office, Dunedin

23 March 2023
Roxburgh Service Centre, 120 Scotland Street, Roxburgh 

24 May 2023
Otago Fish & Game Office, Dunedin

20 July 2023
West Otago Community Centre, 1 Suffolk Street, Tapanui

28 September 2023
Otago Fish & Game Office, Dunedin

30 November 2023

Anglers, hunters, members of fishing and hunting clubs and the public are welcome to attend and raise issues or topics for discussion.

Meeting agendas are available on our website – www.fishandgame.org.nz

For further information contact the Dunedin Office. Licence holders and members of the public are welcome to attend. Copies of Council agendas and minutes are available under the terms of the Local Government Official Information and Meeting Act 1987. 

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Physical Address: 
Corner Harrow / Hanover Streets, Dunedin 9016.

Postal Address: 
PO Box 76, Dunedin 9054.

03 477 9076

03 477 0146


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