Fishing Licences

Non-Resident fishing licences

If you’re a visitor from overseas, you must buy a Non-Resident Licence (NRL).

“Non-resident” means a person who, is NOT ordinarily a resident in New Zealand. A Resident is someone who is a New Zealand citizen, or :

  • holds a residence class, student, or work visa, and
  • has lived in New Zealand for at least six of the 12 months immediately prior to their licence purchase, and
  • has New Zealand as their primary place of established residence.

A Non-Resident Licence (NRL) entitles the holder to fish for trout & salmon in all Fish & Game regions, excluding the Taupo Fishing District, which is managed by the Department of Conservation. It includes a levy used to contribute to fisheries management and habitat protection.

The NRL Whole Season Licence for adults costs NZ $180, NRLs for juniors (12-17) and children (under 12) cost NZ $34.

If you’re a visitor just planning a short fishing trip anywhere from a few hours to a full day, you can buy a One Day Non-Resident Licence for $34 (Adult), or $20 for a junior or child.

Its important to note that a One Day NRL does not allow you to fish designated backcountry licenced waters.

But after a Whole Season NRL has been purchased, the holder can apply for a Back Country Licence and Controlled Fishery Licence at no additional cost (except for the upper Rangitikei back country fishery which costs a mandatory $25 for all anglers).

Non-Resident Licences can be purchased online, at hunting or fishing stores that sell licences and of course, Owen River Lodge is licensed by Fish and Game to sell Fishing Licences.

Alternatively, overseas visitors can apply for, and have their licence mailed to them at an international address in advance of their trip to New Zealand. They should allow at least 15 working days before their departure for it to reach them in time. Otherwise a New Zealand postal address can be provided so the licence is ready for collection on arrival.
Non-resident anglers are not eligible for other whole season or part-season licence categories.

An angler found fishing with the “wrong” licence can be prosecuted as though they have no fishing licence. This can incur a fine/prosecution of up to NZD $5,000.00.

For more information, please refer to Fish & Game New Zealand

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