The women's Black Sticks top goal scorer Anita McLaren has announced her retirement.

She's called time on her international hockey career following 271 appearances and 105 goals.

Known for her explosive pace, ability to sniff out a chance and tenacity, McLaren finishes three caps shy of Emily Gaddum's New Zealand record of 274.

The 30-year-old took a break from hockey after the Rio Olympics, before returning at the start of the year to help guide the Black Sticks to Commonwealth Games gold.