Rules & regulations
Bringing Fishing Gear Into New Zealand
|Reason for controls
||To slow the spread of the invasive
alga didymo, in New Zealand waterways, MAF Biosecurity New Zealand
requires all used freshwater fishing equipment brought into New Zealand
to be clean and dry.
|Declaring equipment on arrival
you enter New Zealand you must declare all freshwater activity equipment
on your Passenger Arrival Card and to a Quarantine Inspector. This
includes all fishing equipment such as rods, reels, tackle boxes,
nets, boots, waders, fishing flies and any feathers or other non-artificial
material used for fly tying.
As you are going through Customs, your fishing
equipment will be inspected and if MAF inspectors are not satisfied
that the gear is clean and dry, they will arrange for the equipment
to be treated (which takes time and is likely to be inconvenient)
before giving it biosecurity clearance.
are required to treat all used freshwater fishing equipment they
determine or suspect is not completely dry inside and out,
regardless of whether it has been cleaned before coming to New Zealand.
Felt-soled waders and boots are of particular concern. To avoid
inconvenience, anglers coming to New Zealand should bring rubber-soled
footwear to use instead of felt-soled.
Banned felt-soled boots
fishing equipment including rods, reels, tackle boxes, nets and
waders should be clean and free of organic residue. These items
must comply with the conditions of the Import
Health Standard for Equipment Associated with Animals or Water.
See the MAF Biosecurity website for cleaning
||Fishing flies are permitted entry
but all non-artificial material for fly tying must comply with the
conditions of the Import
Health Standard for Feathers.
to the MAF
Biosecurity website for full details about restrictions on camping,
fishing and water equipment.
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