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Last reviewed: Thu, 13 Oct 2011


Marine protection

Some areas in Christchurch and Canterbury have certain restrictions for fishing in both fresh and salt water areas.

It may be a specified restriction such as Flea Bay Marine Reserve. It may also be a restriction for certain species such as whitebait. or for times of year that you may fish.

Please take note of both Department of Conservation and Fish and Game rules around protected areas. If you have any queries, contact the Ministry of Fisheries.

Alternatively contact the regional North Canterbury Fish and Game office on, phone 03 366 9191.

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.


Authorising Unit: Asset and Network Planning

Last reviewed: Thursday, 13 October 2011

Next review: Friday, 13 April 2012

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