Fly Fishing Licence Information New Zealand

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It is compulsory to have a licence when fly fishing New Zealand rivers. It is also a requirement to have the licence on you whenever you are fishing or carrying assembled fishing gear. Licences range from $20 to $161 NZD. There are currently 9 different fishing licences including:

1. Whole Season Licence

Premium licence – fish anywhere in NZ (except Taupo) for one year. Valid from 1 October to 30 September

2. Non-Residents Licence

Welcome to the best fishing in the world. Non-resident means a person who is neither an NZ citizen nor permanent resident (as defined in section 4 of the Immigration Act 2009).

3. Long Break Licence

For holidaymakers or others who plan to fish harder – NZ anglers who want to fish for nine consecutive days (Eg. Two weekends plus days in between). User selects start time.

4. Winter Licence

For those who fish over the colder months, the second half of the season, from 1 April to 30 September

5. Short Break Licence

Ideal for a getaway holiday or novices – NZ anglers who wants to fish three consecutive days or long weekend. User selects start time

6. Family Licence

Fishing with the kids - for mum and dad or the grandparents.  A family licence may include a couple, either the parents or grandparents, and up to 4 children or grandchildren under the age of 18 on 1 October. Valid from 1 October to 30 September.

7. Local Area Licence

Perfect for those who only fish close to home – NZ residents who wish to fish one specified Fish & Game region only. Cannot be used in other regions. Valid from I October to 30 September.

8. Loyal Senior Licence

For the long-time older Kiwi angler. NZ anglers over 65 who’ve held a full season licence for the last five consecutive years or more. Valid from 1 October to 30 September

9. One Day Licence

A great way to try trout fishing….have a go! For beginners or those who want to fish for only a few hours. Valid for 24hrs from user-selected start time

Previously you could only purchase your licence from fly fishing shops however now you can purchase your licence direct online. Perfect for the international fishing enthusiast planning a trip to New Zealand. Visit