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Hunting Licence Info

Fish & Game's game bird hunting licences are valid for use throughout New Zealand (except in the Chatham Islands).

Your licence is a permit to hunt for game birds in accordance with the regulations governing the Fish & Game New Zealand region in which you are hunting. It does not grant or imply any right of access over land. If you want to walk over private land, please first get the permission of the land occupier.

You must purchase and sign your licence before you go hunting. You must then have your licence with you whenever you are hunting or carrying assembled hunting gear.

Licences are not upgradable, exchangeable or refundable.

Report lost or stolen licences to your local Fish and Game office and they'll issue you with a replacement.

You can view more information on game bird hunting licence categories, terms and conditions and hunting licence FAQs below.

Hunting Licence Fees

Adult $93.00
Junior $21.00
Child free, with $3 Habitat Stamp fee
DAY (valid from 16 May 2016):
Adult $21.00
Junior $7.00

Hunting Licence Categories:

Adult 18 years and over on 6 May 2017
Junior 12-17 years on 6 May 2017
Child 11 years and under on 6 May 2017

Whole Season Licence:
Entitles the holder to hunt or kill game at any time during the open season for game in: (a) the region for which the licence is issued; and (b) all other regions

Day licence:
Entitles the holder to hunt or kill game after the second Sunday of the new season opening, during 1 day in the open season for game inclusive in: (a) the region for which the licence is issued; and (b) all other regions

Buying Your Licence:

You can purchase your licence in several ways:

  • Online: by visiting our online licence system
  • By phone: Call our freephone licence number 0800 LICENCE (0800 542 362) during business hours ($5 booking fee)
  • In person: Visit any Fish & Game office or regional licence agent (view your local region's pages using the map above to find address and contact details of local licence agents)
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