The whitebait fishing season for most of New Zealand opens on 15 August and runs until November 30.
On the West Coast the whitebait season runs from 1 September until 14 November.
Find out about whitebait regulations and the whitebaiting season for all of New Zealand except the West Coast, and learn more about whitebait.
Find out about the whitebait rules and regulations for the West Coast. Learn about whitebait species and how you can help to preserve these for future generations of whitebaiters.
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Check, Clean, Dry between waterways and stop the spread of didymo.
Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:1. Plan your trip2. Tell someone3. Be aware of the weather4. Know your limits5. Take sufficient supplies
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