Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura

Come and enjoy a fishing trip that will leave a smile on your face with Top Catch Charters. The fishing out of Kaikoura is as excellent as the scenery! Your fun and friendly Skipper Malcolm Halstead is an experienced angler who’ll do his best to make your time on the water exciting and memorable, whatever your skill level.

You’ll be fishing from a comfy 18’ Osprey boat that runs on a 150 HP Yamaha four stroke engine. She can fit up to 6 anglers, with up to 4 fishing at any one time. The boat is equipped with everything you’ll need for a safe and productive journey.

There’s a wide variety of fish species for you to go after all throughout the year. Some of these include Blue Cod, Sea Perch, Barracuda, Kahawai, and many more besides. Depending on what you go after, you can expect these trips to be anywhere within 5 miles of shore.

The price of any given trip includes the use of rods, reels, and terminal tackle, as well as fish cleaning, filleting & bagging up your catch services after the trip. If you’re up for it, Capt. Malcolm can teach you how to clean the fish on your own. He can even recommend a local restaurant that will cook it.

The Top Catch crew looks forward to your company on one of their trips!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    2 Hour Trip – Afternoon
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $151
    The fishing grounds are only a 15-minute journey from port, so these two-hour trips are designed for customers wanting to fit as much as possible into their day in Kaikoura. An average catch for a two-hour trip would be 8 keepable fish. Trips can leave at a time to suit you if available.
  • Shared trip
    2 Hour Trip – Early Morning
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $151
    This short trip is tailor-made for the customer who's looking to fit as much as possible into their time in Kaikoura. An average catch for a two-hour trip would be 8 keepable fish. Trips can leave at a different time to suit you if available.
  • Shared trip
    2 Hour Trip – Late Morning
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 10:00 AM
    $151
    Since the fishing is a mere 15-minute journey from the port, this trip is designed for those who want to fit as much as possible into their day in Kaikoura. An average catch for a two hour trip would be 8 keepable fish. Trips can leave at a time to suit you if available.
  • Shared trip
    2 Hour Trip – Noon
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 12:00 PM
    $151
    Our fishing grounds are only a 15 minute journey from port so our two hour trips are designed for customers wanting to fit as much as possible into their day in Kaikoura. An average catch for a two hour trip would be 8 keepable fish. Trips can leave at a time to suit you if available.
  • Shared trip
    3 Hour Trip – Afternoon
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $176
    A step up from the shorter trip options, this trip allows for that much more fishing and having fun. Expect to catch an average of 12 keepable fish. Leaving times can vary depending on demand.
  • Shared trip
    3 Hour Trip – Early Morning
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $176
    For the angler looking to go the extra step, this trip is ready to provide. Expect to catch an average of 12 keepable fish. Leaving times can vary depending on demand.
  • Shared trip
    3 Hour Trip – Late Morning
    Just booked! Last booked: 10 hours ago
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    $176
    If you're looking to do a bit more fishing during your time here, you've come to the right place. Expect to catch an average of 12 keepable fish. Leaving times can vary depending on demand.
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About the Captain

Malcolm Halstead
Kaikoura, New Zealand
ID & License verified
60 Customer reviews
Response time 1 hour
Member since June 2019
Your fun and friendly Owner and Skipper Malcolm Halstead has been fishing for about 40 years now, and he's been a Skipper for the past 12. He's been in the fishing charter business for over 4 years now and he absolutely loves the people he meets on his trips. He's always looking to make sure everybody on the boat is satisfied and having fun.

About this listing

Targeted species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Cod (Blue) Blue Cod
Kahawai Kahawai
Lobster Lobster

Boat specs

Osprey (Commercial) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 150HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 20 knots.

Length
18 ft
Capacity
6 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Spinning
Jigging
Drift Fishing
Spearfishing
Bring your own gear
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Fishing License

Cancellation policy

Deposit non-refundable

If it is unsafe to travel, you may still cancel free of charge or change the date(s) of your booking.

Listing policies

Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
Bank Transfer

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.7 / 5
out of 5 stars from 60 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.8 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.6 / 5
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2 hour trip with Malcolm
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
98%
Recommend this charter
88%
Appropriate for children
79%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
85%
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Holley F. F.
Christchurch, New Zealand
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Late morning trip

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip – Late Morning on October 9, 2022
I personally didn’t attend the trip today but my partner and his brothers did. They returned to Christchurch over the moon...
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Andrew L.
South Harrison, NJ
Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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3hr fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour Trip – Late Morning on November 14, 2022
Hi .The fishing trip was very successful .Caught loads of fish .Malcolm was very knowledgeable and did a fantastic job .I would...
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Russ W.
Harrison Township, NJ
Excellent
4.3 / 5
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Very good
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Very good
4.0 / 5
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December fishing trip

VERIFIED   NEW  3 Hour Trip – Early Morning on December 4, 2022
The booking app is really set for the Yankee market & NOT NZ. The wharf location ?description could be a bit better...
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Geoff S.
Auckland, New Zealand
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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3 hours of fishing action

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Afternoon on October 1, 2022
Captain Malcolm guided his craft to perfection through some tricky water and was not happy until we were right on the fish. ...
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Blair R.
Mantua Township, NJ
Excellent
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2 hour trip with Malcolm

VERIFIED   2 Hour Trip – Early Morning on August 28, 2022
Great trip Malcolm. Thanks for your flexibility and looking forward to adding in the hunting to a fish as well, next time we’re...
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FAQs about Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura

Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura offers the following trips to customers:
  • NZ $120 per person - 2 Hour Trip – Afternoon (2 hours)
  • NZ $120 per person - 2 Hour Trip – Early Morning (2 hours)
  • NZ $120 per person - 2 Hour Trip – Late Morning (2 hours)
  • NZ $120 per person - 2 Hour Trip – Noon (2 hours)
  • NZ $140 per person - 3 Hour Trip – Afternoon (3 hours)
  • NZ $140 per person - 3 Hour Trip – Early Morning (3 hours)
  • NZ $140 per person - 3 Hour Trip – Late Morning (3 hours)

When you book a trip with Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Fishing License

Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing
  • Reef Fishing

Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Spinning
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing
  • Spearfishing (Bring your own gear)
  • Deep Sea Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Cod (Blue)
  • Kahawai
  • Lobster
  • Shark (Blue)
  • Tarakihi