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.

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Otago Backcountry fisheries

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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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Upcoming Council Dates for 2020

Saturday 8 February Wanaka

Thursday 26 March Tapanui

Thursday 28 May Dunedin

Thursday 23 July Roxburgh

Thursday 24 September Dunback

Thursday 26 November Roxburgh

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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