West Coast

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.


West Coast Fishing Locations and Access


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

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

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