Nelson / Marlborough Region

Fish & Game New Zealand’s Nelson/Marlborough region offers some of the best, most easily accessible brown trout fishing in the country. In fact many of New Zealand’s fishing guides who specialise in sighted brown trout fishing, work in this region.

The many rivers and streams, flats, estuaries, wetlands, and Marlborough Sounds also offer excellent game bird hunting opportunities. Mallard duck are the dominant species with lower numbers of native ducks depending on location.

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

Nelson / Marlborough Map

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Nelson / Marlborough News

Nelson/Marlborough Reel Life DEC 2016

A call has gone out for salmon heads. Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology (NMIT) is carrying out a study into fish earbones.


Nelson / Marlborough Reel Life NOV 2016

The Wairau River is the place to be fishing, with excellent numbers of trout throughout the length of the river.


Marlborough Freshwater Anglers Club

Read the Clubs November Newsletter here.


Changes to 2017 Game Bird Regulations - Have Your Say

At the last Game Committee meeting, your elected Councillors voted to reduce the mallard (greylard) limit for the Nelson Marlborough Region to 8 birds per day, and reduce the season length by 2 weeks.  This was in response to record low numbers of mallards harvested in the region, as well as low