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! Captain 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 115 HP Yamaha four stroke engine. She can fit up to 6 anglers, with up to 4 fishing at any one time. Snorkeling gear and coolers are provided, so there’s no need to bring your own for the trip. 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 Grouper, Kahawai, Salmon, Gurnard, Sharks, 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 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 look forward to your company on one of their trips!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    3 Hour Trip – Afternoon
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $188
    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
    $188
    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
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    3 Hour Trip, starts at 11:00 AM
    $188
    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.
  • Shared trip
    2 Hour Trip – Afternoon
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $159
    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
    $159
    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
    $159
    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
    $159
    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.
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About the Captain

Malcolm Halstead
Kaikoura, New Zealand
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30 Customer Reviews
Response time 3 hours
Member since June 2019
Captain Malcolm Halstead has been fishing for about 40 years now, and he's been a captain for the past 10. He's been in the fishing charter business for over a year 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) Barracuda (Great)
Cod (Blue) Cod (Blue)
Grouper (Snowy) Grouper (Snowy)
Gurnard Gurnard

Kahawai Kahawai
Lobster Lobster
Salmon (Australian) Salmon (Australian)
Shark (Blue) Shark (Blue)

Tarakihi Tarakihi
Trumpeter (Striped) Trumpeter (Striped)

Boat Specs

Osprey (Commercial) originally built in 2012. Powered by a 115HP 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
Deep Sea Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Snorkeling Equipment
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
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
Bank Transfer

Customer Reviews

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Angler Rating
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96%
Friendly captain
96%
Recommend this charter
90%
Appropriate for children
80%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
88%
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VERIFIED   March 8, 2021
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Christchurch, CAN
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Captain Malcolm.

VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Early Morning on January 12, 2021
Fantastic fishing trip ,great day on the water ,fish were biting, my wife was pulling them up faster than I. Captain Malcolm...
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VERIFIED   NEW  2 Hour Trip – Afternoon on April 23, 2021
excellent and enjoyable experience
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VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Early Morning on September 12, 2020
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VERIFIED   3 Hour Trip – Afternoon on November 14, 2019
Very pleasant trip.  Delayed for 3hrs due to weather condition but notice was given well in advanve which helped to adjust...
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FAQs about Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura

Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura offers the following trips to customers:
  • NZ $110 per person - 2 Hour Trip – Afternoon (2 hours)
  • NZ $110 per person - 2 Hour Trip – Early Morning (2 hours)
  • NZ $110 per person - 2 Hour Trip – Late Morning (2 hours)
  • NZ $110 per person - 2 Hour Trip – Noon (2 hours)
  • NZ $130 per person - 3 Hour Trip – Afternoon (3 hours)
  • NZ $130 per person - 3 Hour Trip – Early Morning (3 hours)
  • NZ $130 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
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • 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)
  • Grouper (Snowy)
  • Gurnard
  • Kahawai
  • Lobster
  • Salmon (Australian)
  • Shark (Blue)
  • Tarakihi
  • Trumpeter (Striped)