Set amongst some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet, New Zealand is the ultimate fishing destination.
New Zealand is the bucket list trip for most serious anglers and there is a good reason why. Its not only the size of the fish that draws keen anglers from all corners of the earth, but it’s the spectacular wilderness and landscapes in which they inhabit.
From snow capped peaks to picturesque island dotted oceans, fishing New Zealand introduces you to scenery that has been utilized in some of the biggest blockbuster movies, while holding some of the fish that deserve their own.
Split into two main islands (North & South) and surrounded by many more, the country offers some of the most diverse freshwater found anywhere in the world. Gushing freestone mountain rivers pour into isolated bays as tiny meandering spring creeks flow into beautiful clear lakes, New Zealand has it all.
Then there are the spectacular coastal regions that offer their own diversity. From the warmer waters of the North to the cooler in the South there is a range of species to satisfy any avid saltwater fisherman. The famed Kingfish, Snapper and Marlin are on most people’s wish list with the growing trend to even catch them on the fly.
If you’re looking for one fishing trip to rule them all (Lord of the Rings reference) then New Zealand is the place to be. Lavish yourself in all the species and methods you desire whilst exploring one of the true ‘wild places’ left on earth.
- 61° 53° Dec-Feb
- 66° 61° Mar-May
- 77° 68° Jun-Aug
- 70° 62° Sep-Nov
Top fish species to target in New Zealand
TravelTruly Fly Fishing
Often referred to as the trout anglers ‘El Doradro’, New Zealand offers some of the finest fly fishing for wild trout on the planet. Brown and Rainbow trout inhabit some of the most spectacular, gin clear waters you will ever witness and its not just the size of the trout that draws in keen anglers, it is the challenge of hunting and sight fishing to some of the most cunning and wily trout known to man. Matt Butler is your fly fishing guide and local planner on the ground in Wanaka, New Zealand. If your visiting NZ to adventure and explore and indulge in the whole kiwi experience, Matt can create unique trips that will give you the most genuine experience you can dream of, getting you to those special waters and helping you discover the special places our country has to offer. What to expect: In New Zealand we focus on making the most of the abundant clear water and sight-fishing for trout, casting once a fish is spotted, which is more akin to ‘trout-hunting’. Sight fishing is not easy but the most rewarding of all and therefore I can introduce you to its main aspects and help you be confident and competent to catch that fish of a lifetime! We will target brown and rainbow trout with upstream dry fly and nymph methods, targeting feeding fish in clear water. Depending on weather and conditions we may visit different rivers and areas ranging from mountainous valleys surrounded by forest to vast tussock plains. All locations have spectacular landscape, beautiful water and stunning trout, We will be targeting fish in the average size range of 3-6lb with the possibility of coming across much larger fish. It is important to understand that fishing in New Zealand will probably be some of the most challenging you will encounter in the world and your skill execution will most likely decide how successful your day will be. Therefore it is important to practice your casting before your trip and if you have never fly fished before, much of our morning will be focusing on learning the basics before we get into actual ‘fishing’. Additional options for a days fishing include Helicopter or Jet boat access into backcountry rivers, this is a true wilderness experience that will get you into those more remote areas, if this interests you I can arrange a quote from one of the local transport providers. ------- Matt is a passionate, energetic fly fishing and travel guide based out of Wanaka, New Zealand. Originally from the Central North Island, Matt moved south to immerse himself in the incredible Fly Fishing and diversity that the South Island has to offer and spends most of his time exploring the numerous waters and attractions that the amazing landscape has to offer. Matt is also a member of the New Zealand Professional Fishing Guides Association and is therefore equipped with all the neccesary permits and safety requirements to guide on all waters throughout the country. ------------ Checkout my fishing reports below for some more info on fishing in NZ and if you wish to discuss a trip or just learn more about the options available, please get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Captain Bucko Fishing Charters
When Graeme & the ‘Gone Fishing TV crew’ come north it is always great fun. However the challenge of catching fish for people from all around the world is equally as exciting. I look forward to showing you some great New Zealand fishing, please call me for any questions. Kind regards, Captain Bucko
Target Fishing Charters
This is Northland’s true marine playground; for us however, there’s only one thing worth getting up at 5am for – one activity worth spending hours on the water, worth travelling across mountains and seas to visit our fair shores for – and that’s fishing! Here at Target Charters, we provide a hands-on, personalised fishing charter experience like no other. Fishing in the Bay of Islands is a unique experience in itself, with dolphin encounters happening on a regular basis, astonishing sea-life surrounding you from the moment you leave the wharf and even – on some lucky trips – the occasional whale sighting! Our experienced skipper knows many secret fishing spots, local fishing areas that produce some of the best fishing in Northland. We have fishing trips for the family, fishing trips for the dedicated fisher, big game fish trips and group trips – from a comfortable 4 hour experience to a massive 9 hour day, whatever your level of experience or your level of commitment, we have the fishing trip to suit your needs and your budget.
Far North Fishing Charters
Join Colin Corbett (Corby) - skipper of Far North Fishing Charters - onboard "A SALT WEAPON", for a relaxed and fun trip in the scenic and plentiful waters off the renowned Karikari Peninsula in Far North New Zealand. Far North Fishing Charters is owned and operated by Colin Corbett & Mary Prestidge and based at Whatuwhiwhi on the Karikari Peninsula in the Far North of New Zealand. Enjoy fine inshore fishing around Karikari Peninsula, Karikari islands, Doubtless Bay, Rangiputa, Rangaunu Bay, Houhora and North Cape - as featured on numerous TV Fishing programs. We specialise in Snapper fishing, mainly with softbaits but bottom fishing as well, and hope to see you soon.
Strayline Fishing Charters
Capt Rob Obren from Bayfish NZ guides fishes from around the world to his own fishing hotspots to give you the ultimate fishing charter experience. Based from the Bay of Islands in New Zealand and fishing the coast up to the 3 Kings. We target Large Yellowtail Kingfish with live baits, Jigging and stickbaits. We fish Marlin and Swordfish with lure and livebait, bait and switch and all tackle range. We slay snapper to reach your personal best and provide 25yrs of charter-fishing experience. We are fishing for you! Bay Fish Charters is known to go the extra mile and effort to make sure your Bay of Islands fishing charter experience. Whether on board Monterey or Strayline, it will be a fishing trip that exceeds your expectations. Not all fishing charters in the Bay of Islands put the effort in that Capt Rob does. This is paramount to us as we want to fish with you and your friends another day. We believe in total customer satisfaction and strive to give you the best fishing charter experience in the Bay of Islands. Your fish caught can be released or kept, in which Capt Rob can fillet and prepare and recommend recipies or local restaurants who will cook your catch to perfection, finishing off your fishing experience with BAY FISH.
Cook Straight Private Fishing Charters
Lower Hutt, WELLINGTON
We operate full day, half day and 4 hour harbour fishing trips and charters in the Wellington area. Our boat ‘Seafarer II’ is based in Seaview Marina in Lower Hutt. We offer whole boat sole charters to groups, companies and organizations and also offer share-cost trips where you can join other smaller groups and individuals for a great day out fishing for an affordable price. Wellington offers a wide range of fishing options, from excellent deep water fishing for groper, bass, bluenose, shark and ling. Great inshore fishing around the extensive southern coastline for bluecod, tarahiki, trevally, kingfish, trumpeter, sea perch and other species. Wellington harbour also offers a wide variety of species in very sheltered waters - harbour trips are great for families, school groups or those keen to try an easily accessable fishing experience. Catering can be arranged for group bookings if required, or you are welcome to use our cooking equipment onboard. We have a quality BBQ onboard, fridge, hot water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate. Breakfast items for self service and a small BBQ lunch is provided on all sharecost trips.
Ultimate Fishing Charters
Leave the pressures of the office behind, bring your mates or clients and join us on a fishing charter or cruise in NZ’s world renowned coastal waters. Choose from the packages on special below or let us tailor one to suit your requirements: ✓ We target Snapper, Kingfish, Marlin, Tuna and Hapuka ✓ Bareboat hire ✓ From 3 hour charters to multi week international expeditions ✓ Fully licensed and catered to BYO ✓ A corporate cruise to targeting big game fish ✓ Luxury super yachts to serious fishing boats ✓ From 1 person to 200 ✓ Kayaking or kayak fishing in remote waters ✓ All fishing charters target the best fishing times or as per your requirements
Freedom Fishing Charters
Great Barrier Island, AUCKLAND
Freedom Fishing Charters on Great Barrier Island gives you the chance to enjoy fishing for some of the finest salt water table fish in the world. Ivan (Skilly) McManaway has been fishing the waters around Great Barrier Island for 40 years, his Stabicraft 509 is an ideal boat for either fishing or diving, licensed to take 4 people. Skilly has been diving here for the last 10 years and knows just where the crayfish will be and never fails to find snapper. From $125 pp for a half day trip, minimum 2. Be prepared to stay longer if the fish are biting. Baits and rods supplied.
Ramsey Fishing Charters
FISHING CHARTER BOAT “DOUBLE VISION” OPERATES OUT OF WHITIANGA If you’re chasing down the “big one”, your best advantage is Ramsey Fishing Charters; providing years of experience and expertise, you’re assured of a first-class big game, deep sea or Snapper fishing experience. Climb aboard Ramsey Fishing Charters where you’ll meet your expert skipper, either Rick or Mavis, who have a combined 40 years’ experience on the water, with in-depth knowledge of the best deep sea and big game fishing areas, maximising your chances of landing that trophy fish. With daily or overnight charters operating year round, weather dependant, Ramsey Fishing Charters run a 15m well-appointed PowerCat called ‘Double Vision’; twin-hulled, it’s renowned for an exceptionally soft ride. Safety and comfort are priority on board, and the boat is designed to accommodate a maximum of 6 overnight passengers or 12 day-trip passengers. A well-equipped galley, double berth cabin with en-suite, a 4-berth cabin with main bathroom, and an additional bathroom ensure you have all the comforts you need.
Bream Bay Charters
12 Metre CARA *J offers these great trips Line Fishing, Evening Fishing, Diving / Snorkelling, Big Game Fishing, Overnight Trips, Corporate Trips, Christmas Parties & BBQ, Family Fishing Trips, Harbour Cruises & BBQ CARA*J is a12 metre fast planing Flybridge charter cruiser, constructed of solid N.Z Kauri by her proud owner/ operator to full extreme limits survey.A 310 HP Volvo pushes her along at an easy 16 knots cruise speed. She boasts a faultless safety record with great catch history. CARA*J's FEATURES INCLUDE Extra Enlarged Fishing / Diving Cockpit, Bait Stations, Ice Box & Rod Hire Available, Gas BBQ on Board, Large Dive Platform & Dive Bottle Racks, Full Electronics, Radar, GPS, Colour Sounder, VHS, Stereo, Fully Automatic Anchor, Big Game Rigged, International Tackle, Good Catch Record, Comfortable Stylish Cabins. Full Galley With Fridge, Stove & Private Toilet Facility, Accommodation for 6 + Skipper, Departs Marsden Cove Marina, Berth C9 or McLeods Bay Whangarei Harbour.
Queenstown Fishing - Nikita
Queenstown Lakes, OTAGO REGION
Queenstown Fishing - Nikita Offering some of the best fishing in the Otago and Southland regions world renowned alpine lakes and rivers. If you’re into fly fishing, spinning, trawling or drift fishing we have the means and the knowledge to get you onto the fish! Our vessels Kathleen II and Nikita are fully surveyed launches. Both have toilets on board and protection from the weather ensuring your comfort and enjoyment. In addition to our powered vessels, we opperate a purpose built drift boat - an excellent way to access hard to get to top spots. This is quiet the stealth fishing machine! If fishing the high country rivers and streams is your dream, you’ll be transported via one of our two courtesy 4WD vehicles. Chartered Boat Trolling Full day - $425 per person - (includes cut lunch, snacks & refreshments) Half day - $225 per person - (includes snacks & refreshments) 2 Hours - $125 per person - (includes snacks & refreshments) Charter bookings are subject to minimum numbers. Group charter rates available upon request. Fly fishing lakes and rivers (access by boat or 4WD) Full day - $425 per person or exclusive trip $850 - (includes cut lunch, snacks & refreshments) Half day - $425 per person or exclusive trip $850 - (includes snacks & refreshments) Departures: Queenstown Central or Frankton Please note: All people fishing require a 24hr fishing licence, available online from fishandgame.org.nz/licences. Minimum 2 passengers are required for the trip - Single bookings are wait listed to confirm.
Te Anau, SOUTHLAND
Dean, internationally recognized fishing guide and fly fishing champion of the Otago/Southland/Fiordland region, has fished a wide variety of water throughout the South Island. His over 30 years fishing experience brings an intimate knowledge of the South Island waterways to your trip.