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.
These pages are a summary of the regulations. The full regulations are available on the New Zealand Legislation website.
There are risks with whitebaiting. Take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of friends, family and yourself when carrying out recreational activities around waterways.
Check, Clean, Dry
To prevent the spread of freshwater pests always Check, Clean, Dry all boats and recreational equipment between waterways. See MPI's advice for cleaning your fishing equipment.
Read more about biosecurity.