Covid-19 info for Anglers

Updated 10.30am 28th March 2020


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While in a time of national emergency and Covid-19 level 4 lockdown, and with the Prime Minister’s statement to stay at home and not go fishing or hunting, we have the following information for anglers:


Fishing Licence Cards 

From Wednesday 25th March, no plastic licence cards can be issued as the supplier is not regarded as an essential service. Any licences purchased will receive a licence in PDF form. You can use this on a phone screen or print it out and carry it with you when fishing with photo ID, once the Alert Level 4 lockdown has endedPlastic licences will be sent once production starts again. 


Can I buy a licence online?

Yes you can. Please be aware that during the Covid-19 level 4 lockdown, the Government has advised everyone to stay home unless they are involved in essential services. Fishing has therefore been prohibited, please be aware of this when purchasing a licence during this period.

Day, short break and long break licences, if bought now must be for a date outside of of the level 4 lockdown. We recommend you do not buy one of these licences until the end of the level 4 lockdown is clear.

Winter licences start on 1 May. While this is outside of the current projected period of the level 4 lockdown, please be aware there may still be restrictions on fishing at this time.


Fishing licence refunds 

Refunds on fishing licences as a result of the COVID-19 lockdown are not generally available. There are some instances where refunds may be issued, and these will be treated on a case by case basis.  

  • If you are living outside of New Zealand and you bought a New Zealand fishing licence and are now unable to travel to New Zealand, you may qualify for a refund. However, if you have already travelled to New Zealand and fished during the 2019/2020 season you won’t be eligible for a refund. Please contact the Fish & Game region you nominated during the licence purchase process by email. You will find the email address here 

  • If you are a New Zealand resident and purchased any of the following fishing licences prior to the lockdown, for a time period within the lockdown, you may be eligible for a refund.  Please contact the Fish & Game region you nominated during the purchase process by email. You will find the email address here  

Adult Day licence 

Junior Day licence 

Short Break 

Long Break  

  • If you have purchased any of the whole season licences listed below, they are valid until 30 September 2020. We understand the lockdown period is an inconvenience, however no refunds, credits or extensions will be offered on these licenses. 

Adult whole season 


Local Area 

Loyal Senior 

Adult non-resident (currently living NZ) 

Junior whole season 

Junior non-resident (currently living NZ) 

Child non-resident (currently living NZ)