Bringing Fishing Gear to New Zealand


New Zealand is fortunate to have very pristine rivers and is perceived to be a trout fishing paradise. Significant resource is invested into bio-security to ensure these conditions continue. As a result, there are a number of quarantine considerations to be aware of when bringing fishing equipment to New Zealand.


Check, Clean & Dry

‘Check, Clean & Dry’ is a common phrase you will most likely hear when fly fishing in New Zealand. It mostly refers to the transfer of equipment from one waterway another. This is in order to inhibit the spread of didymo – an invasive algae brought into New Zealand from overseas tourists.

This principle carries for overseas visitors where a strict customs requirement by MAF Biosecurity requires all fishing gear to be clean and dry before it enters the country.

Where any equipment is not completely dry, MAF Biosecurity will require the equipment to be treated regardless of it being cleaned before departure. This process can take time and it occurs away from the airport.  If the owners of the equipment are unable to wait for the process to be complete, then their equipment will be sent back to them at a later date.


Felt-Soled Boots

It is illegal in New Zealand for anglers to wear felt-soled boots in freshwater waterways. This is due to the high risk of transfer of waterborne pests. While it is legal for these boots to be brought into New Zealand, the owner is prohibited from wearing them when fishing in freshwater. It is highly recommended to leave felt-soled boots at home. All of the guides found on Reel Escapes will have the appropriate wading equipment for their guests to use in order to enjoy a good day’s fishing.

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