When Do You Need a Licence?

All freshwater fishing in NZ requires a Fish & Game licence. If you’re fishing from Oct 1 onwards, a whole season licence gives you the freedom of fishing anywhere in the country (except the Lake Taupo region) as often as you like. Not only is it your passport to the best trout fishing on the planet, but it funds our efforts to keep our fishing environment ‘100% Pure’, now and into the future.

How Much Does a Licence Cost?

A whole season licence costs only $123 for an adult and $25 for a junior (Under 18).


Or, if you'd prefer to just Fish Away for a day, a 24 hour licence costs only $25 for an adult or $7 for a junior.


A child's licence is free for those under 12 years old at 1st October 2013.


Plus, there is a family licence available for only $160 (2 Adults & 4 Juniors).


From the beginning of the 2014/15 fishing season Fish & game are introducing a Non-Reisidents Licence(NRL) for $160. To find out more on the NRL please click here


Where Do I Purchase a Licence?

You can purchase your licence online using the button below, by calling the free phone number 0800 542 362 or by dropping in to a local hunting or fishing retail store. Funds go towards protecting the fishery and NZ’s iconic waterways.

How Long Does the Licence Take to Arrive?

Your licence begins from the moment it is purchased. You'll receive an email, a text or be given the paperwork. This means you can find a good spot then go online, pick up the phone or drop into a local store and within minutes you are licenced and free to Fish Away.

PLEASE NOTE: Prices shown are for the 2013/14 season. Some rivers/lakes have a closed season to protect spawning fish. Check Fish & Game’s regulations (either on our website or in the regulations booklet provided with your licence) or ask at local tackle shops to find out which waters are open. There is a $5 booking fee for call centre licence applications if you use the 0800 service and this service is available during normal work hours.