Taranaki Region

The Taranaki Region extends from Mokau in the north (but not including the Mokau catchment) across to the summit of Mount Ruapehu then south to include the Turakina catchment east of Whanganui.

Taranaki Where to Hunt

The Taranaki region has many rivers, streams, creeks and ponds that provide good habitat for waterfowl. This translates into consistently good shooting and Taranaki hunters are among the most successful in the North Island.

Taranaki Fishing Locations & Access

Fish & Game New Zealand’s Taranaki region offers a wide variety of freshwater fishing experiences in a scenic and uncrowded environment


Welcome to the Taranaki Fish & Game Region, our area tends to be a little off the beaten track and the fishing and hunting opportunities while highly valued by local licence holders are often overlooked from a national perspective.

However the region has numerous quality fisheries based around the small to medium sized streams that radiate from the base of Mount Taranaki, or drain the western and southern slopes of Mount Ruapehu.

This includes the spectacular Manganuioteao River to which a National Water Conservation Order applies, one of only 13 NZ rivers to have this ‘national park like’ designation.

The many rivers, streams, creeks and ponds also provide good habitat for waterfowl.

This creates consistently good hunting for both mallard and grey ducks, and also paradise shelduck.

Nearly all waterfowl hunting is on private land, however farmers are generally receptive to being approached and local hunters are among the most successful in the North Island.

There are also attractive and often unexploited pheasant hunting opportunities across much of the region.

Similarly hunting in Harakeke Forest and Nukumaru Recreation Reserve, which requires a Fish & Game access permit, is highly valued by licence holders including from outside the region.

It’s certainly a region worth exploring, complete with some hidden ‘gems’. Hopefully you can readily find the key information you need here or otherwise please contact us.

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Upcoming Council Dates  

Taranaki Fish and Game Council invites licence holders and members of the general public to attend its bi-monthly Council meetings.

They are held in different places throughout the year. Attendees are given the opportunity to address the full Council and raise any issues.

Meetings are normally held on a Saturday from 10 am.

2023 Meeting Dates

18 February 2023 - Raetihi

25 March 2023 - Waitara

12 June 2023 - New Plymouth

19 August 2023 - Whanganui

14 October 2023 - Opunake

9 December 2023 - Raetihi

Attendees are advised to confirm location, venue and timing with the Whanganui office (021 2700239) on the day before the council is scheduled to meet, as meetings may be subject to change at short notice.

More Council Information

Whanganui Office
P.O Box 4152, Whanganui.
Phone and Fax: 021 270 0239
Email: taranaki@fishandgame.org.nz

New Plymouth Office
3/477A Devon Street East
New Plymouth 4312

P.O Box 662
New Plymouth 4340

Phone: 06 757 9676
Email: astancliff@fishandgame.org.nz

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