Grand Cru Fishing Charters

out of 5 stars from 2 reviews See all 2 reviews
28 Baffin Street
Opua, New Zealand

Grand Cru Charters runs fishing trips around the waters of the Bay of Islands. Here, you will find Marlin, Tuna, Kingfish (Yellowtail Amberjack), Hapuku, and many more. These fisheries are blessed with some of the most exciting and massive fish, and the crew will take you out and help you land your dream catch. The best time for fishing is November through late April.

The main departure point is B27, Bay of Islands Marina, Opua. However, pick ups can be arranged from Paihia Wharf or Russell Wharf if required. Whether you want to go after some big fish, celebrate your anniversary, birthday or a company win, fishing trips with these fishermen might be exactly what you’re looking for.

Grand Cru Fishing Charters specializes in longer trips. Full day or multiday trips give you a lot of time for fishing, but also for cruising and sightseeing. The fishing grounds are found near popular attractions, including the Hole in the Rock, Northland’s East Coast, Tutukaka Coast with the Poor Knights Islands, or Whangaroa Harbour and the Cavalli Islands.

You will be fishing from a 42’ Capricorn Cruiser motor yacht. The boat is powered by two 360 HP Volvo engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots. The vessel is rigged with marine electronics, Furuno GPS, has a flybridge, air conditioning, a toilet, kitchen. Anglers will also find a live bait well, tuna tubes, outriggers, and an ice box.

The crew is experienced and they are skilled in both big game fishing, where you go after Marlin, Tuna, Yellowtail Amberjack (Kingfish), Hapuku, or in light tackle—go for Kingfish on a 6 and 8 kg line. When you get onboard, you will get the fishing gear, lures, and drinks. Bring your own food, and put on a cap, sunblock, sunnies. You won’t need a fishing license, but we advise you to bring a camera and get a good shot of the scenery and catch. Get your backpacks, and come onboard!

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    10 hours trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US$ 1691
    up to 6 persons
    This full day private charter is tailored specifically to your individual requirements. Whether you wish to fish all day, or fish in the morning and explore the Bay of Islands in the afternoon, or go for a BBQ, swim & relax. This trip is for up to six people. The rates are GST inclusive and cover fishing gear, bait, tea, coffee, water, skipper, deckhand. You will depart around 7.00am, and come back around 5.00pm. Optional Extra: Lunch @ $25 per person.
  • Private trip
    Multiday Trip (4 Pax)
      FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 days trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Overnight stay, liveaboard
    US$ 1691
    up to 6 persons / day
    This trip is an ultimate fishing adventure. The crew can take a maximum of four people, including children. You can fish for longer and experience the full package, by staying onboard Grand Cru at the end of each awesome day/s fishing. Grand Cru is available for charter for as many days/nights as you wish to experience. The rates are GST inclusive. You will also get a fishing gear, bait, tea, coffee, water, meals, bedding, skipper, deckhand.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Dolphin (Mahi Mahi)
Grouper (Black)
King Mackerel (Kingfish)
Marlin (Blue)

Snapper (Red)
Tuna (Albacore)
Tuna (Bluefin)

Tuna (Skipjack)
Tuna (Yellowfin)
Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Capricorn Cruiser (Motor yacht) originally built in 2004. Powered by 2 360HP Volvo engines, with a maximum cruising speed of 18 knots.

42 ft
6 persons

Types of Fishing

Inshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Drift Fishing


Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Live Bait Well
Tuna Tubes
Ice Box
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Catch cleaning & filleting


FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 7 days before the trip date.
Pickup not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed


Book with 20% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 20% 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:

About the Captain

Peter Hadfield
Opua, New Zealand
Member since August 2016
Fishing is my passion! I have been fishing since my teenage years and fishing in the Bay of Islands since 1992. I would like to share with you my knowledge and expertise so that you can experience the thrill and challenges of catching your ultimate fish. I am a qualified Skipper; Inshore Launch Master. Come and join me on Grand Cru for a trip of a lifetime!
Response time: 5 hours
Response rate: 100%

Customer Reviews

5 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews

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Fished March 31, 2018
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Mike and Helen are excellent hosts and Mike really knows his job. Super boat spotlessly kept. What more could you want?

Fished December 22, 2017
Peter Hadfield (The Captain)
Replied to this review on January 3, 2018

Hi Robin, Thank you for taking the time to review your charter on board Grand Cru.  It was great to meet you and your family.  Cheers Peter & Helen, Grand Cru Charters

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