Duck hunting is the most popular game bird hunting in New Zealand with a variety of duck species available including; Mallard ducks, Grey ducks, and Paradise ducks. Species available is dependant on the environment and area. Duck hunting in NZ requires a keen eye, with various duck species remaining protected, accurate game identification and shot is essential as various breeds can be found together in large groups making them difficult to differentiate.

Duck hunting season can vary each year dependant on area and conditions etc. Generally, hunting seasons for water birds start in early May, however it is always recommended to check local game and bird regulations beforehand.