Blue Ocean Charters - Ratahi

Te Awanui Drive
Tauranga, New Zealand

Blue Ocean Charters invites you to come fishing from a vessel with the longest fishing tradition in Tauranga, New Zealand - ‘Ratahi’. Built from a scrap of metal into a vessel that has taken out thousands of repeat customers to fish for anything from Gurnard to Kingfish and Snapper, ‘Ratahi’ is a reliable vessel that takes on the finest of local game fish.

Regularly maintained with care by the Blue Ocean crew, ‘Ratahi’ has been putting people on fish ever since 1938. She is a stable and seasoned 46’ saltwater fishing custom built boat that is powered by a 90 HP Detroit engine. She can take up to 20 people and get them to inshore reefs and the Mayor Island hot spots.

The boat is spacious and offers plenty of seating space for anglers onboard. She is fitted with modern electronics but still keeps her old charm. The boat stores safety gear and carries a wide array of fishing gear which you can rent from the crew.

As for your fishing trip, you’ll be targeting the local critters - Gurnard, Hapuka, Kahawai, Kingfish, Snapper, and so much more. No matter how skilled you are, the crew will help out and work to take you where the fish are.

You are invited to bring your own rods, reels, and tackle, or rent it from the crew. You should also bring some bags for your catch, as well as other gadgets you might need. Pack sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a camera, as well as some old towels and toiletries. There will be coffee and tea served onboard, but you should pack food and drinks. Please note that smoking is allowed outside the cabin area and moderate drinking is fine.

Get your friends and family, grab your bag, and come along for a fine day on the water around stunning scenery which the Bay of Islands boasts.

Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip - Inshore Reef
      FREE Cancellation 14 days notice
    8 hours trip, starts at 9:00 AM
    US$ 946
    up to 20 persons
    Get the entire boat to yourself and explore the inshore reefs fishing for the likes of John Dory, Snapper, Kingfish, and more. You can rent rods and reels for NZD 20-25 per person from the crew. They will supply coffee and tea, but you should bring your own food and drinks. Also, bring sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat, some bags for the fish, old towels, and a camera. It's a perfect day for novice anglers who want to spend some time with their friends and family.
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About this listing

Targeted Species

Barracuda (Great)

Snapper (Pink)
Trevally (Golden)
Trevally (Silver)

Yellowtail Amberjack

Boat Specs

Custom-built boat (Saltwater fishing) originally built in 1938, and restored in 2017. Powered by a 90HP Detroit engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 8 knots.

46 ft
20 persons

Types of Fishing

Offshore Fishing
Reef Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Bottom Fishing


Life Jackets
Ice Box
Life Jackets

Trip Includes



FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 14 days before the trip date.
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


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:
Bank Transfer

When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, there is a 2.5% fee.

About the Charter Operator

Blue Ocean Charters
Tauranga, New Zealand
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!
Response time: 13 hours
Response rate: 85%

Customer Reviews

4.89 out of 5 stars from 3 reviews

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Fished March 10, 2018
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Fished March 10, 2018
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Helpfull skipper and crew,  good feed of schnapper and porae. Excellent day out at a very reasonable price

Fished February 5, 2018
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