West Coast Region

The West Coast Fish and Game Region extends from Kahurangi point, north of Karamea, to Awarua point south of Haast. In between lies some 2m hectares, much of it in wilderness. With the pressures of modern life, increasing numbers of anglers rate isolation, peace and solitude almost as highly as the opportunity to fish for wild trout.

Although the West Coast climate is not generally suited to upland gamebirds the Region abounds with habitat for species that require wetlands. Grey and mallard duck, shoveler, Paradise shelduck and Pukeko are the predominant species. Good opportunities also exist for Canada goose hunting.

These pages will keep you up to date with important and timely information about fishing and hunting in the West Coast region. See the menu to the right for more navigation options.




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West Coast News

West Coast Both Barrels Jul 2016

July on the West Coast began with fine weather. This settled weather provided further opportunities for riverbed hunting as birds camped up in the sun near areas of open water.


South Islanders still have a month of duck shooting to go!

Don’t put away the guns just yet; you still have a month to go!

South Island game bird hunters have until the end of July to harvest most Game bird species.

You can shoot until 31 July throughout the island for Grey, Mallard and Shoveller ducks.


West Coast Both Barrels Jun 2016

Conditions and Hunting Activity So Far This Season

The weather has been a mixed bag recently with a fine spell during late May and early June providing frosty mornings which were starting to put ice over some smaller open farm ponds.


West Coast Reel Life May 2016

Over the last few weeks the rain has really arrived on the West Coast, putting rivers up and discolouring the lower reaches of most rivers with an open season.