Fishing Licence Information

General Fishing Licences

┬áIf you’re planning to fish in New Zealand, it’s essential to familiarize yourself with the various fishing licences available and their respective requirements.

Types of General Fishing Licences

New Zealand offers ten different types of fishing licences. Here’s a brief overview of each:

Whole Season Licence

    • Adult (18+): $153
    • Junior (12-17): $31
    • Child (under 12): Free (Licence still required)
    • Valid from 1 October to 30 September. Exclusively for NZ resident anglers.

Family Licence

Pricing: $198

Includes a couple and up to 4 children or grandchildren under 18 on 1 October. Valid from 1 October to 30 September. Only for NZ resident anglers.

Local Area Adult Licence

Pricing: $122

For those who fish in one specified Fish & Game region. Valid from 1 October to 30 September. Exclusively for NZ resident anglers.

Loyal Senior Licence

Pricing: $130

For NZ anglers over 65 on 1 October who have held an Adult Whole Season Licence or Family Licence for the last five consecutive years. Valid from 1 October to 30 September.

One Day Licence

Adult: $24

Junior: $5

Valid for 24 hours from the user-selected start time. Only for NZ residents.

Short Break Adult Licence

Pricing: $55

For a three consecutive day fishing trip. The user selects the start time. Only for NZ resident anglers.

Long Break Adult Licence

Pricing: $107

For a nine consecutive day fishing trip. The user selects the start time. Only for NZ resident anglers.

Winter Adult Licence

Pricing: $92

For fishing from 1 April to 30 September. Only for NZ resident anglers.

Non-Resident Whole Season Licence

Adult (18+): $264

Junior (under 18): $50

Child (under 12): $50

Valid from 1 October to 30 September.

Non-Resident One Day Licence

Adult (18+): $37

Junior (under 18): $22

Child (under 12): $22