Taranaki Region

Most Taranaki trout fishing can be found within the Egmont or Tongariro National Parks that provide high quality angling experiences in scenic and un-crowded settings. There is little fishing pressure in the region and anglers appreciate the peace and solitude on offer.

2018 paradise shelduck season

The 2018 season for paradise shelduck in Taranaki Area C ONLY is on the following days 24th and 25th February and 3rd and 4th March 2018.

Game bird season 2018

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More than 40 small to medium-sized trout streams radiate from the base of Mt Taranaki. These rivers provide excellent sight fishing opportunities for large brown trout.

Rainbow trout fishing is also available in three local lakes and the Waingongoro River between Eltham and the sea.

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

In addition to the traditional pond and lake shooting from maimais, jump shooting along streams, rivers, drains and farm oxidation ponds can be productive. Good evening shooting can also be had on farm dams, stubble fields and in paddocks where supplements are being fed to stock.

Paradise shelduck and pukeko are widespread throughout the region. Farmers will welcome a harvest of pukeko from wetlands near their maize growing or other cropping areas.

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Upcoming Council Dates for 2018

February 10 - Raetihi

March 24 - Whanganui

June 9 - Waitara

August 18 - Opunake

November 3 - Hawera 

December 8 - New Plymouth (includes AGM)

Taranaki Kids fishing days

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Wanganui Office
124 Ridgway Street,
P.O Box 4152, Whanganui.
Phone and Fax: (06) 3454908
Email: taranaki@fishandgame.org.nz

New Plymouth Office
P.O Box 662 New Plymouth.
Phone and Fax: (06) 7579676
Email: astancliff@fishandgame.org.nz

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