Customary fisheries management areas, rules, and maps

Whether you're a commercial, recreational or customary fisher, it's important to be aware of different customary fisheries management areas and any local fishing rules. Find lists and details of mātaitai reserves, taiāpure, temporary closures, and customary bylaw areas.

Types of customary management areas

Customary management areas include:

  • mātaitai reserves – areas closed to commercial fishing, that may have bylaws affecting recreational and customary fishing
  • taiāpure – local fisheries of special significance, that may have additional fishing rules
  • temporary closures – issued under sections 186A or 186B of the Fisheries Act 1996
  • customary bylaw areas – currently only in the Waikato-Tainui area.

Check the rules before you fish

Before you go fishing, make sure you're aware of:

  • the different customary management areas
  • any local rules for recreational fishing
  • the general rules you need to follow as a fisher (like not selling the fish you catch).

Check local restrictions for recreational fishers

Find out more about managing customary fishing

Map of all customary fishing management areas

map of New Zealand customary fishing areas

Download a larger, printer-friendly version [PDF, 2.3 MB]

Customary management area maps and rules

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North Island mātaitai reserves

Mātaitai 
(linked to map) 

Location 

Date established 

Area (km2

Bylaws  

Te Puna [PDF, 978 KB] 

Bay of Islands 

29 August 2013 

20 

Te Puna Mātaitai Reserve bylaw notice

Mt Maunganui and part of Tauranga Harbour [PDF, 3.1 MB] 

Bay of Plenty 

25 September 2008 

 

Mt Maunganui and part of Tauranga Harbour bylaw notice  

Te Rae o Kohi [PDF, 15 MB]

Bay of Plenty

17 May 2018

6.9

 

Raukokere [PDF, 3.8 MB] 

Bay of Plenty 

12 August 2005 

26 

 

Te Kopa o Rongokānapa [PDF, 311 KB]

Bay of Plenty

29 June 2020

70

 

 
Aotea Harbour and adjacent waters [PDF, 3.2 MB] 

Waikato 

8 May 2008 

40 

 

 
Marokopa [PDF, 253 KB]

Waikato 

13 January 2011 

68 

 

 
Hakihea [PDF, 182 KB]

Gisborne 

4 August 2011 

 

Horokaka [PDF, 288 KB]

Mahia Peninsula 

13 September 2012 

Horokaka bylaw notice  

Toka Tāmure [PDF, 288 KB]

Mahia Peninsula 

13 September 2012 

Toka Tāmure bylaws notice 

 

Te Hoe [PDF, 288 KB] 

Mahia Peninsula 

13 September 2012 

15 

 

Moremore [PDF, 3.8 MB]

Napier, Hawkes Bay 

12 August 2005 

16 

 

South Island mātaitai reserves

Mātaitai
(linked to map)

Location

Start date

Area (km2)

Bylaws

Anatori [PDF, 233 KB]

Tasman

13 January 2011

15

 

Kaihoka [PDF, 216 KB]

Tasman

13 January 2011

5

 

Okarito Lagoon [PDF, 237 KB]

West Coast

13 September 2012

19 *

 

Manakaiaua/Hunts Beach [PDF, 601 KB]

West Coast

22 September 2011

less than 1

 

Mahitahi/Bruce Bay [PDF, 631 KB]

West Coast

22 September 2011

1

 

Tauparikaka [PDF, 2 MB]

West Coast

22 September 2011

less than 1

 

Okuru/Mussel Point [PDF, 584 KB]

West Coast

22 September 2011

less than 1

 

Te Waha o te Marangai [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Kaikōura

8 August 2014

2

 

Mangamaunu [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Kaikōura

8 August 2014

2

 

Kahutara [PDF, 13 MB]

Kaikōura

10 October 2018

n/a *

 

Oaro [PDF, 12 MB]

Kaikōura

10 October 2018

less than 1 *

 

Tūtaeputaputa [PDF, 16 MB]

Kaikōura

10 October 2018

n/a *

 

Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupo [JPG, 4.5 MB]

Banks Peninsula

20 July 2017

30

 

Rapaki Bay [PDF, 581 KB]

Banks Peninsula

18 December 1998

less than 1

Rapaki Bay bylaws notice

 

Koukourārata

Banks Peninsula

15 December 2000

8

Koukourārata bylaws notice

Wairewa/Lake Forsyth [PDF, 242 KB]

Banks Peninsula

8 July 2010

6 *

 

Te Kaio [PDF, 149 KB]

Banks Peninsula

16 December 2010

12

 

Opihi [PDF, 1.8 MB]

South Canterbury

7 August 2014

n/a *

Opihi bylaws notice  

Waitarakao [PDF, 1.2 MB]

South Canterbury

7 August 2014

less than 1 *

Waitarakao bylaws notice  

Te Ahi Tarakihi [PDF, 760 KB]

South Canterbury

21 July 2016

1.5

Te Ahi Tarakihi bylaws notice

Tuhawaiki [PDF, 760 KB]

South Canterbury

21 July 2016

4.1

Tuhawaiki bylaws notice  

Waihao [PDF, 325 KB]

South Canterbury

13 September 2012

4 *

 

Moeraki [PDF, 170 KB] 

North Otago

16 December 2010

3

Moeraki bylaws notice

Moeraki bylaw area map [PDF, 203 KB]

Waikouaiti [PDF, 1.2 MB]

Otago

21 July 2016 

n/a *

 

Otakou [JPG, 4.4 MB]

Otago Harbour

13 October 2016 

12 

 

Puna-wai-Toriki (Hays Gap) [PDF, 2.2 MB]

South Otago

3 April 2008

2

 

Waikawa Harbour/Tuma Toka [PDF, 4.7 MB]

Catlins Coast

9 October 2008

7 *

 

Mataura River [PDF, 191 KB]

Southland

12 August 2005

less than 1 *

Mataura River bylaws notice

Waitutu [JPG, 2.4 MB]

Southland

7 August 2014

2

Waitutu bylaw notice

Oreti [PDF, 180 KB]

Southland

8 July 2010

16

 

Motupohue [JPG, 3.6 MB]

Southland

7 August 2014

7

 

Te Whaka a Te Wera [PDF, 164 KB]

Stewart Island

3 December 2004

77

Te Whaka a Te Wera notice
Corrigendum to bylaws notice

Horomamae [PDF, 144 KB]

Titi Islands

8 July 2010

less than 1

Horomamae bylaw notice

Pikomamaku [PDF, 110 KB]

Titi Islands

8 July 2010

less than 1

Pikomamaku bylaw notice

Kaihuka [PDF, 138 KB]

Titi Islands

8 July 2010

less than 1

Kaihuka bylaw notice

You can also check for mātaitai fishing rules under 'Closures and restrictions' in our recreational fishing rules section.

* Also includes some fresh or estuarine waters.

Taiāpure

Taiāpure

Region

Start date

Area (km2)

Legislation

Waikare Inlet

Northland

15 January 1998

18

Waikare Inlet order

Kawhia Aotea

Waikato

8 June 2000

162

Kawhia Aotea order

Maketu

Bay of Plenty

17 October 1996

54

Maketu order

Porangahau

Hawke's Bay

2 January 1997

61

Porangahau order

Palliser Bay

Wellington

14 July 1995

3

Palliser Bay order

Whakapuaka (Delaware Bay)

Nelson

21 March 2002

25

Whakapuaka (Delaware Bay) order

Te Taumanu o Te Waka a Māui

Kaikōura

8 August 2014

7

Kaikōura (Te Tai o Marokura) Marine Management Act

Oaro-Haumuri

Kaikōura

8 August 2014

6

Kaikōura (Te Tai o Marokura) Marine Management Act

Akaroa Harbour

Canterbury

30 March 2006

43

Akaroa Harbour order

East Otago

Otago

29 July 1999

22

East Otago order

Taiāpure rules and restrictions

You can also check for taiāpure fishing rules under 'Closures and restrictions' in our recreational fishing rules section.

Temporary closures (under S186A or 186B)

Closed area
(linked to map)

Region

Closure period

Fishery closed
(linked to closure notice)

Marsden bank and Mair Bank [JPG, 232 KB]

Northland

29 June 2020 to 28 June 2022

Shellfish

Maunganui Bay [JPG, 2.3 MB] [PDF, 1.7 MB]

 Bay of Islands 14 October 2020 to 13 October 2022

All species except kina (a type of sea urchin)

Definition of kina

Umupuia Beach [JPG, 1.9 MB] 

Auckland

19 December 2020 to
18 December 2022

Cockles

Te Mata and Waipatukahu [PDF, 1.5 MB]

Coromandel Peninsula

10 July 2020 to
9 July 2022

Pipi, cockles, mussels, or oysters

Waimārama [PDF, 6.5 MB]

Hawke's Bay

23 December 2020 to
22 December 2022

Blackfoot pāua

Kaikoura-Wakatu Quay [PDF, 1.7 MB]

Kaikoura

16 December 2019 to 15 December 2021

All species

Customary bylaw areas

Accord

Region

Start date

Bylaw overview

Waikato [PDF, 586 KB] 

18 December 2004 

1. Incidental catch and release of eels below migration barriers allowed for eels over the maximum size or migratory female longfin eels. Fishery officer must be informed.  
2. Fishing may be temporarily banned due to human death. 
3. Eel fishery closed for some areas during migration season (1 March to 31 May). 
4. Minimum weight for commercially harvested: 
  • shortfin eels is 300g 
  • longfin eels is 400g 
5. Maximum weight of commercially harvested eels is 2kg 
6. Ban on taking female migratory longfin eels. 

View all customary management areas

Use our interactive online mapping tool (NABIS) to view customary management areas. Select "Customary Areas" in the NABIS layer list.

Who to contact

If you have questions about customary fisheries:

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