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 Reel Life SEP 2016

Opening day is now only weeks away. With the arrival of daylight savings and warmer weather starting to show up, it’s time to start thinking about where to try early in the season.


West Coast Reel Life AUG 2016

The weather has been great on the West Coast recently, ideal for fishing those areas that remain open throughout the season.


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.