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.
There are risks with whitebaiting. Take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of friends, family and yourself when carrying out recreational activities around waterways.
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