Please read the following information and click the link below to apply for your Backcountry Licence Endorsement.
To fish a designated backcountry fishery, a Backcountry Licence Endorsement is required on your licence. First, you must get one of these qualifying Whole Season Sports Fishing Licences:
- Whole Season (Adult, Junior or Child)
- Loyal Senior
- Local Area (only qualifies for an endorsement in that region)
- Non Resident
If you are a visitor from overseas you must buy a Non-Resident Licence.
* When a family licence is backcountry endorsed the endorsement covers both the primary and secondary licence holders. (the secondary licence holder can only fish if they are in the company of the primary licence holder otherwise they need their own separate licence).
Once you have bought a qualifying licence you can apply for a Backcountry Licence Endorsement.
Currently, there are seven Fish & Game regions in New Zealand with designated backcountry fisheries; Wellington, Nelson/Marlborough, North Canterbury, West Coast, Central South Island, Otago and Southland. When applying for your Backcountry Endorsement you must select each region you intend to fish. You can add another region to your licence at any time.
When you have obtained your Backcountry Licence Endorsement, you will receive an updated copy of your licence by email showing the Backcountry Endorsement stamp and listing the regions for which you are endorsed. You must carry this copy of your licence when fishing designated backcountry rivers.
Please ensure that your correct personal email address is included on the application page. Online surveys are vital to the effective management of our backcountry waters and we need your support.
Remember, anglers intending to fish a Controlled Fishery must first obtain a Whole Season Licence and regional Backcountry Endorsement specific to the region where the Controlled Fishery is located.
In this section:
Wellington Backcountry Fisheries
*The Wellington Fish and Game region manage two back country fisheries. * They are situated within the Rangitikei River and Whakaurekou...
Nelson Marlborough Backcountry Fisheries
The Nelson Marlborough Fish and Game Region manage four backcountry fisheries. Anglers wishing to fish the backcountry must hold a...
West Coast Backcountry Fisheries
The West Coast Fish and Game Region manage two backcountry fisheries: the Karamea and Mokihinui Rivers. Anglers must hold a...
North Canterbury Backcountry fisheries
In 2020 four rivers in North Canterbury that have been designated as Backcountry fisheries, this is to protect and maintain...
Central South Island’s Backcountry Fishery
The upper section of the Ohau River from its confluence with Lake Ruataniwha upstream to the Lake Ohau weir is...
Otago Backcountry Fisheries
The following Otago rivers are designated Backcountry Fisheries and require a Backcountry Licence Endorsement[/otago/licences/fishing-licence-info/backcountry-licence/] Otago Backcountry Fisheries are split into two...