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 Fishing Locations & Access

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

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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.

Glenn Maclean – Regional Manager

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Upcoming Council Dates for 2020


Taranaki Fish and Game Council invites licenceholders 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 10am.


  • 22 February 2020              Raetihi
  • 28 March 2020                   Teleconference
  • 13 June 2020                      Hawera
  • 8 August 2020                    Waitara
  • 3 October 2020               Stratford
  • 5 December 2020             Whanganui


Attendees are advised to confirm location, venue and timing with the Wanganui office (06 345 4908) on the day before the council is scheduled to meet, as meetings may be subject to change at short notice.

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More Council Information

Whanganui Office
124 Ridgway Street,
P.O Box 4152, Whanganui.
Phone and Fax: 06 345 4908

New Plymouth Office
3/477A Devon Street East
P.O Box 662 New Plymouth.
Phone and Fax: 06 757 9676
Email: astancliff@fishandgame.org.nz

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