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Places to fish in Christchurch

Monday, September 15, 2014

The following areas are available for fishing but certain restrictions may apply.

Avon and Heathcote Rivers

You can fish in the Avon and Heathcote rivers, although there is a no-fishing zone in the Avon River from the Armagh Street Bridge to the Barbadoes Street Bridge and within the Botanic Gardens. Anglers fishing for sports fish must have a current sports fishing licence.

Banks Peninsula

You can fish all year round off the wharves in the Banks Peninsula area with the exception of areas marked with as a No Fishing Zone.

Brooklands and Waimakiriri River

You can fish all year round. There are a variety of species to catch including salmon, trout, kahawai, and whitebait within season. If you are fishing for trout or salmon, you must have a sports fishing licence.

Access to the south side of the river mouth is by permit and the key is available from the Spencer Park ranger's office phone (03) 941 7560 .

The Groynes

The Christchurch Groynes fishing lakes are open all year round to all fishing methods, but only to anglers aged 17 years and under. Fishing licences are required and can be obtained from sports shops. These are free of charge for children 12 years and under.

Adults can fish the South Branch/Otukaiakino Creek at the Groynes, during the trout fishing season which runs from 1 October to 30 April, but you must have a current fishing licence.

New Brighton Pier

Fishing is allowed on the Pier. You must obey the following rules:

  • There is to be no fishing in the marked no-fishing zone.
  • There is no over-head casting allowed and only one rod or hand line per person is permitted.
  • No commercial crab pots are allowed and only one line with light weight gear is permitted.

There are a variety of species to catch, including crab, red cod, kahawai, dog fish and mullet.

Fishing regulations and licences

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Canterbury is divided into two fishing areas by Fish and Game New Zealand — North Canterbury, and the Central South Island. Angling regulations are updated annually for each river or lake, and include bag and / or size limits, as well as designating areas that are closed to fishing. Read the full North Canterbury regulations and the Central South Island regulations.

Ngāi Tahu explain customary fishing regulations on their website. You can also read about management tools are used to help sustain the fisheries.

Sport fishing (trout, salmon, char, tench, rudd or perch) requires the purchase of a licence. Some areas are prohibited to anglers. Licences are available from most sporting goods shops and on the Fish and Game New Zealand website, which also details costs and options for individual and family licences — from a 24-hour licence to whole season permit.