West Coast

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West Coast Region

This region extends from Kahurangi point, north of Karamea, to Awarua point south of Haast. In between lies some two million hectares, much of it wilderness.



If you rate isolation peace and solitude highly as an angler, and the chance to fish for wild trout, this region is for you.

While the region offers abundant fly fishing opportunities, there is also plenty of scope for other anglers including novices, to fish using bait or spinning gear. Many of the rivers support trout populations and sea-run salmon turn up in local lakes and rivers from January.

Grey and mallard duck, shoveler, paradise shelduck and pukeko are the main species. There are also opportunities for hunting Canada geese. Later in the season there are great hunting opportunities on developed farm properties, particularly where stock are being fed with supplements such as grain or silage.

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Upcoming Council Dates for 2022-2023

Meeting notification: 

The 2022-2023 Fish & Game Council meeting schedule can be found here:

2nd Tuesday of every second month.  Starting at 7pm. 

Date: Location
11 October 2022 Hokitika (Fish & Game office)
13 December 2022* Greymouth
14 February 2023 Hokitika (Fish & Game office)
11 April 2023 Greymouth
13 June 2023 Hokitika (Fish & Game office)
8 August 2023 Greymouth
10 October 2023 Hokitika (Fish & Game office)
12 December 2023* Greymouth

* Combined with AGM. Council to confirm/alter meeting schedule. 

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

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Physical Address:
2 Bert Mercer Drive, Hokitika 7810

Postal Address:
2 Bert Mercer Drive, Hokitika 7810

03 755 8546


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