Yes, fishing in all waters requires a current Sports Fishing license.
Licenses are monitored by Fish & Game New Zealand, and can be purchased online or in-person at a hunting or fishing store that sells licenses. When you book a fly fishing trip with Best of New Zealand Fly Fishing our guides can organize the necessary licenses for you. Fly lodges will also provide daily fishing licenses.
There are two kinds of fishing licenses available for visitors to New Zealand: Fishing One Day License and Non Resident License.
Once you have purchased your Non Residents Season (NRS) license, you can apply to Fish & Game New Zealand for a Backcountry License, at no additional cost.
Applicants must be 18 or older as of October 1 of that year, and cannot be a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand.
Fishing with the ‘wrong’ license is considered the same as fishing with ‘no’ license; both actions are punishable by a maximum $5,000 NZD penalty. New Zealand DOC (Dept. of Conservation) is tasked with ensuring the fisheries and waters are maintained for years to come and this is all of our responsibility to remain diligent when