Blue Ocean Charters - Te Kuia

Blue Ocean Charters invites you to step onboard one of the biggest charter vessels in New Zealand - Te Kuia. Here you will find solid fishing action throughout the year, a reliable crew and plenty of fish - from Kingfish, John Dory, Gurnard to Tarakihi, Snapper, and Hapuka. Whether you want a full day trip around inshore reefs or an overnight trip to the iconic Mayor Island, you’ll find it here.

You will be fishing from a 50’ Lilley classic boat with tradition and stamina to take on these fish. Boasting a capacity of 20 people, the boat has ample of place for fishing, extensive seating area, a spacious back cabin, a galley, a toilet, and a fine selection of fishing gear which you can rent. The boat is powered by a 200 HP Detroit engine and is fitted with navigational electronics. And, for anglers who want to explore reefs during the night - there are comfortable bunks onboard that can take up to 10 people.

The team behind the Blue Ocean charters is made up of local fishermen who have been in the business for decades. They know the waters well and will make sure you have a blast onboard.

You are encouraged to bring your own fishing gear, including rods, reels, and tackle, and all other gadgets you might need. However, you can also rent rods and tackle from the crew for an additional fee per person. There will be tea and coffee served, but you should bring your own food and drinks. Please note that alcohol is ok in moderate amounts, while smoking is allowed outside the cabin.

When packing for the trip, remember to bring sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera. Put on adequate clothes, bring plastic bags for your fish, old towels, and toiletries. Book your spot on time and come enjoy the finest of NZ fishing!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip - Inshore Reef (PM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 3:00 PM
    $1,227
    On this full day trip, you will have the boat to you and your party and you can explore the reefs as you like. Fishing is super exciting here and you can sample a variety of species, including John Dory, some Snapper. Kingfish, and more. The rental of rods and reels is NZD 20-25 per person. Pack food and drinks, put sunscreen on, bring sunglasses and hat, and come along.
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip - Inshore Reef (AM)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $1,258
    On this full day trip, you will have the boat to you and your party and you can explore the reefs as you like. Fishing is super exciting here and you can sample a variety of species, including John Dory, some Snapper. Kingfish, and more. The rental of rods and reels is NZD 20-25 per person. Pack food and drinks, put sunscreen on, bring sunglasses and hat, and come along.
  • Private trip
    11 Hour Trip - Mayor Island
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    11 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip Oct 1 - May 1
    $1,510
    You will have the boat to your party and can explore the fisheries of the Mayor Island at your own pace. The captain will take you fishing for the likes of Snapper, Tarakihi, Kingfish, Trevally, and more. Rod and reels can be rented for 20-25 NZD per person. Bring food and drinks, and come along. Get a camera, put on sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and come along. Smoking is allowed outside the cabin and alcohol is fine if moderate.
  • Private trip
    23 Hour Trip - Hapuka (10 PPL MAX)
    Low rate deposit non-refundable
    23 Hour Trip, starts at 5:00 PM
    $2,076
    THIS TRIP IS FOR A MAXIMUM OF 10 PEOPLE. This trip runs for 23 hours, from 6 pm until 5 pm the next day. It costs NZD 2200 in total. This is an overnight trip fishing for Hapuka/Bluenose around Tuhua, Mayor Island. You can rent standard tackle for NZD 50 and electric reels for NZD 75 per person, and bait costs 25 NZD per person. This is a private charter and you will have the boat to you and your party. Bring food and drinks, sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera.
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About the Charter Operator

Blue Ocean Charters
Tauranga, New Zealand
29 Customer reviews
Response time 15 hours
Member since September 2017
Our company has been in operation since 1988. We have two large vessels that offer a safe and roomy platform for fishing. We operate in one of the most beautiful areas in New Zealand, the Bay of Plenty where the fishing has to be experienced to be believed!

About this listing

Targeted species

Barracuda (Great) Great Barracuda
Gurnard Gurnard
John Dory John Dory
Seabass (Giant) Giant Seabass

Boat specs

Lilley (Classic) originally built in 1978, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 200HP Detroit engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 8 knots.

Length
50 ft
Capacity
25 persons

Types of fishing

Inshore Fishing
Local reefs
Nearshore Fishing
Mid grounds, about 10 miles out
Offshore Fishing
Around Mayor Island
Reef Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Jigging
Drift Fishing

Amenities

Toilet
GPS
Fishfinder
Bed
10
Snorkeling Equipment
Kitchen

Trip includes

Drinks
Tea and Coffee
First Mate

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
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible
Yes

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 2.5% charge will apply.

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Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.9 / 5
out of 5 stars from 9 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Photo by reviewers (1)
Full day trip
Angler Rating
8
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
100%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
63%
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Dylan C.
Auburn, ME
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Overall

Fishing with Raewyn

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip - Inshore Reef (PM) on December 30, 2021
We had an excellent day with Blue Ocean charters we caught heaps of fish and even have a dive it was over all a fun and relaxing...
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James S.
Christchurch, New Zealand
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
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5.0 / 5
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November fishing trip

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip - Inshore Reef (AM) on November 5, 2022
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Angus M.
Hamilton, 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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Half day trip

VERIFIED   7 Hour Trip - Inshore Reef (AM) on July 2, 2021
Was awesome. Highly recommend
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Chun H. F.
Auckland, New Zealand
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Experience:
Very good
4.0 / 5
Boat
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Full day trip

VERIFIED   11 Hour Trip - Mayor Island on December 29, 2020
Really good experience, we all have a good day, the crew is really friendly and helpful, highly recommend to join it!
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Harry W.
Wellington, New Zealand
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Grea day on the water.

VERIFIED   8 Hour Trip—Inshore Reef (Shared) on April 1, 2018
A great no-fuss way to go out on the water and fish. We came from Wellington to enjoy the warm weather and a day on a roomy,...
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FAQs about Blue Ocean Charters - Te Kuia

Blue Ocean Charters - Te Kuia offers the following trips to customers:
  • NZ $1,950 per group - 7 Hour Trip - Inshore Reef (PM) (6 hours)
  • NZ $2,000 per group - 7 Hour Trip - Inshore Reef (AM) (7 hours)
  • NZ $2,400 per group - 11 Hour Trip - Mayor Island (11 hours)
  • NZ $3,000 per group, additional NZ $300 per person after 1 guest - 23 Hour Trip - Hapuka (10 PPL MAX) (23 hours)

When you book a trip with Blue Ocean Charters - Te Kuia, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Toilet
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Bed 10
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Kitchen
  • Ice Box
  • Radar

Trips booked with Blue Ocean Charters - Te Kuia include:
  • Drinks (Tea and Coffee)
  • First Mate

Blue Ocean Charters - Te Kuia offers the following types of fishing:
  • Inshore Fishing (Local reefs)
  • Nearshore Fishing (Mid grounds, about 10 miles out)
  • Offshore Fishing (Around Mayor Island)
  • Reef Fishing

Blue Ocean Charters - Te Kuia offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Jigging
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with Blue Ocean Charters - Te Kuia include:
  • Barracuda (Great)
  • Gurnard
  • John Dory
  • Seabass (Giant)
  • Tarakihi
  • Trevally (Golden)
  • Yellowtail Amberjack