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Excellent
5.0 / 5
(237 reviews)
Taupo
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trips from $201
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(81 reviews)
Paihia
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trips from $374
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(32 reviews)
Tairua
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trips from $534
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(8 reviews)
Auckland
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trips from $943
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(123 reviews)
Taupo
trips from $349
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(62 reviews)
Auckland
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
(46 reviews)
Taupo
trips from $239
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(93 reviews)
Taupo
trips from $239
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(3 reviews)
Auckland
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Excellent
4.6 / 5
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Paihia
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in New Zealand

According to customer reviews, Fish Taupo, Big Fish Bay Of Islands, and Strikezone Sportfishing NZ are some of the most popular fishing charters in New Zealand. Full list of top fishing charters in New Zealand.

The average price for a private 4 hour New Zealand fishing trip is $386, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $958 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fish Taupo, Big Fish Bay Of Islands, and Strikezone Sportfishing NZ all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in New Zealand.

The most popular fish species you can target are Pink Snapper, Yellowtail Amberjack, and John Dory. Top fishing techniques include Light Tackle, Bottom Fishing, and Trolling. Inshore fishing, offshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

With its stunning mountains and seemingly endless stretches of untamed nature, New Zealand is easily one of the most beautiful places in the world. Add to that outstanding freshwater and saltwater fishing opportunities, and you’ve got a combo made in heaven. If you’re coming here for the first time and you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry – there are plenty of fishing charters in New Zealand ready to help you out.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a freshwater enthusiast or a saltwater trophy chaser, in New Zealand, you can do both. The North Island is game fishing central – it boasts the biggest Striped Marlin fishery on the planet! Blue Marlin are just as popular, along with Yellowfin Tuna, Yellowtail Amberjack (Kingfish), Snapper, Hapuka and Trevally.

On the freshwater front, the action is just as good. In the unspoiled streams and mountain rivers of the South Island, you’ll find copious amounts of big Rainbow and Brown Trout. Oh, and did we mention that Chinook Salmon (Quinnat) is also on the cards? In spring and summer, Quinnat swarm the streams of the South Island’s east coast.

With so much biodiversity and land to cover, your safest bet is to turn to a New Zealand charter for guidance. Whether you plan on fly fishing somewhere in the wilderness or you’re preparing for a multi-day Marlin hunt, a trustworthy skipper will make all the difference. Anything from half day trips to the bay to week-long fly fishing expeditions are available, you just need to take your pick. Auckland, Taupo, and Tairua all hold good numbers of charter boats that are at your disposal.

Rules & Regulations

Before you start fishing, you’ll need a valid fishing licence, even if you’re going out with a charter. There are several types of licences, so pick the one that suits you best and hit the water.

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Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 25975 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

The beginning of the year marks the start of the sportfishing season. It’s a great time to go after various types of Billfish, especially Striped Marlin, who love warm waters. If luck is on your side, you might find yourself a Tuna or two as well.

February

Things get into high gear in February, and this is the busiest time for New Zealand fishing charters. Marlin fishing is at its peak, and you can even go after Swordfish. In the freshwater realm, Rainbow and Brown Trout are biting left and right.

March

Summer might be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean the fishing slows down. Load up some anchovies, and head out to the bluewater to get that massive Yellowfin Tuna. Swordfishing is also excellent in March.

April

The Striped Marlin bite is still going strong, and the same goes for Blues. Yellowfin Tuna are probably the most sought-after species in April. If you love light tackle fishing, then Kingfish, Snapper, and Kahawai are very active this time of year.

May

Offshore fishing usually starts to subside sometime in May, but Auckland is still holding strong. This is the last hurrah of the season for the Swordfish hunters. If you’re a freshwater fisherman, you’ll enjoy some of the best Trout action in the country come May.

June

With the cold front slowly taking over, there are fewer suitable fishing days. Still, when the weather is good, you can go after Kingfish – even Swordfish if the conditions align. Maori New Year celebrations start later in the month, so embrace the festive spirit.

July

While saltwater fishing takes a break in winter, July is a good time to go on a proper Kiwi freshwater adventure. From Chinook Salmon to Brown and Rainbow Trout, the bite is on fire! There’s always plenty to see and catch in the New Zealand wilderness.

August

You’ll find Trout lovers on just about any freshwater fishing ground, so why not join them? The inshore saltwater bite is doing just fine too, with plenty of Hapuka, Gurnard, Pink Snapper and Tarakihi for light tackle anglers.

September

Spring is just around the corner, but the weather can be fickle in September. When the forecast shows it’s safe to fish, you can hook into Silver Trevally, Hapuka, and Tarakihi, to name a few. Freshwater fishing still boasts more than decent amounts of Trout.

 

October

The days are getting warmer and the fish are becoming more active with every passing day. In October, Pink Snapper are the most common catch on light tackle, along with Kingfish, Hapuka and Tarakihi.

November

Slowly but surely, things are starting to heat up in the saltwater realm. Snappers are hungry, so come closer to shore. Want to enjoy spring in nature? Head to the nearest Trout stream and fish for Brownies and Rainbows – you won’t regret it.

December

The sportfishing season is about to begin in earnest, and now is a good time to book your trip with a New Zealand fishing charter. Pink Snapper and Kahawai are popular catches at the end of the year, with more Marlin showing up in the bluewater every day.

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Experienced fly fishers should target brown trout in the Tongariro River at the southern end of Lake Taupo. It seems the big Rainbow trout are located a fair few meters below the surface (i.e. deep water) so unless you have your own boat etc, then best to charter an equipped boat.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experienced fly fishers should target brown trout in the Tongariro River at the southern end of Lake Taupo. It seems the big Rainbow trout are located a fair few meters below the surface (i.e. deep water) so unless you have your own boat etc, then best to charter an equipped boat.
David  G.
David G. Brisbane, Queensland
Great guide! He has everything you need and knows where to go, walks you through your catch and is very professional as well as fun!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Great guide! He has everything you need and knows where to go, walks you through your catch and is very professional as well as fun!
Cheryl  L.
Cheryl L. Arvada, CO
Fishing license is a must and you can do only fly fishing in the rivers and creeks. Lake Taupo - you will need a boat to catch any fish as you can not catch anything from the banks. Lure fishing is the way to do it and no live baits. Trout size 35cm to be legal to keep.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing license is a must and you can do only fly fishing in the rivers and creeks. Lake Taupo - you will need a boat to catch any fish as you can not catch anything from the banks. Lure fishing is the way to do it and no live baits. Trout size 35cm to be legal to keep.
Rajarajan  S.
Rajarajan S. Auckland, Auckland
This is not the best time of year for fishing in the Bay of Islands but it was still a great morning out on the water, and we did bring home dinner. For lots of fish, probably another time (not New Year's peak) better.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This is not the best time of year for fishing in the Bay of Islands but it was still a great morning out on the water, and we did bring home dinner. For lots of fish, probably another time (not New Year's peak) better.
Sue  B.
Sue B. Auckland, Auckland
Yes I would the boat was excellent the skipper Michelle was ist class,very polite, helpful,and tried her best to put us on the fish moved 6 times,but we got a feed,that's just fishing,we loved it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes I would the boat was excellent the skipper Michelle was ist class,very polite, helpful,and tried her best to put us on the fish moved 6 times,but we got a feed,that's just fishing,we loved it.
James  S.
James S. Christchurch, Canterbury
Go with a well known charter operator so that you learn tricks and techniques for trout fishing in the lake.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a well known charter operator so that you learn tricks and techniques for trout fishing in the lake.
Marilyn  W.
Marilyn W. Bethel, VT
The morning trip is best with comfortable boat and beautiful views to see in the bay of islands
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The morning trip is best with comfortable boat and beautiful views to see in the bay of islands
Jake  B.
Jake B. Whangarei, Northland
Do it. Kaikoura is a great spot for fishing and usually always go home with a good amount of fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do it. Kaikoura is a great spot for fishing and usually always go home with a good amount of fish
Jo  B.
Jo B. Christchurch, Canterbury
Book with a reputable and experienced charter and try to find a spot on the boat at the rear.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Book with a reputable and experienced charter and try to find a spot on the boat at the rear.
David  H.
David H. Te Puke, Bay Of Plenty
We picked Koura Bay fishing charter as they were recommended to us by my cousin who did a 2 hr fishing trip last month with them. Both 1st time anglers as we were ! They were very happy with the fishing experience, the service and the catch. We shared the same sentiments. Very experienced Captain Andy and crew. Great time. Would have been heaps better if the Mrs didn't get sea sickness !!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We picked Koura Bay fishing charter as they were recommended to us by my cousin who did a 2 hr fishing trip last month with them. Both 1st time anglers as we were ! They were very happy with the fishing experience, the service and the catch. We shared the same sentiments. Very experienced Captain Andy and crew. Great time. Would have been heaps better if the Mrs didn't get sea sickness !!
John  T.
John T. Auckland, Auckland
I would recommend you go with Tauranga marine charters as the capt. is very active at chasing the fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
I would recommend you go with Tauranga marine charters as the capt. is very active at chasing the fish.
Scott  S.
Scott S. Auckland, Auckland
Take a warm fleece and maybe a sandwich to eat But apart from that Captain Nick did it all for us
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a warm fleece and maybe a sandwich to eat But apart from that Captain Nick did it all for us
Craig  A.
Craig A. Hamilton, WKO
Get an experienced captain and look to have a period of tide rising to get best chance of success.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Get an experienced captain and look to have a period of tide rising to get best chance of success.
Wayne  B.
Wayne B. Auckland, Auckland
Have the correct weights and line no flashers and cushion for your comfort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have the correct weights and line no flashers and cushion for your comfort
Angela  G.
Angela G. Tauranga, BOP
Make sure you have appropriate clothing and for ladies , gloves as it could be cold and windy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you have appropriate clothing and for ladies , gloves as it could be cold and windy
Ken  B.
Ken B. Auckland, AUK
THE HARBOUR IS QUITE DEEP SO YOU WILL NEED HEAVY SINKERS IF YOU ARE USING YOUR OWN TACKLE.
Very good
3.7 / 5
THE HARBOUR IS QUITE DEEP SO YOU WILL NEED HEAVY SINKERS IF YOU ARE USING YOUR OWN TACKLE.
Shane  M.
Shane M. Auckland, AUK
Level of experience not relevant - anyone can learn and the guide is happy to teach!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Level of experience not relevant - anyone can learn and the guide is happy to teach!
Leonie  C.
Leonie C. Brisbane, Queensland
Recommend Captain Brett and his deckhand and their boat Motutere. Every thing i expected of a charter was carried out. They were both extremely helpful whether preparing bait, asking everyone how thy were faring and more importantly, untangling lines during the numerous tangle ups. Lastly i would recommend that people always take warm gear regardless of weather
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Recommend Captain Brett and his deckhand and their boat Motutere. Every thing i expected of a charter was carried out. They were both extremely helpful whether preparing bait, asking everyone how thy were faring and more importantly, untangling lines during the numerous tangle ups. Lastly i would recommend that people always take warm gear regardless of weather
Eru  B.
Eru B. Tauranga, BOP
a lot depends on the operater, is it dollars or satisfaction of the charter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
a lot depends on the operater, is it dollars or satisfaction of the charter.
John  P.
John P. Sydney, NSW
Get out with Derek on Big Fish charters and have a go. You won't be disappointed!!!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Get out with Derek on Big Fish charters and have a go. You won't be disappointed!!!
Louise  G.
Louise G. Little Hampton, SA

May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(48 reviews)
Cracker of a day and Epic fishing, will definitely rebook with May Marie and Jason, highly recommended 👌
Jasmin  R.
Jasmin R. Whangarei, Northland
Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ
Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Fished for Kingfish. Captain Darren delivered big time. NON stop action. Kept fishing untill our arms gave way. The skipper s a great bloke and CAN fish. Highly recommend.
Dylan  S.
Dylan S. Warragul, VIC
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(237 reviews)
Excellent day out with Marty and Fish Taupo. Very knowledgeable and kept us on fish the whole time. Boat was very comfortable even given a bit of wind and rain. Will definitely do it again!
Peter  H.
Peter H. Portland, ME
Coro Cowboy Fishing Charters
Coro Cowboy Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Te Kouma
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Helpful crew for inexperienced fishers. Good price. Most importantly, plenty of fish caught.
Phillip  C.
Phillip C. Melbourne, Victoria
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(58 reviews)
Who would have thought that you can catch loads of fish, watch the albatross, see dolphins and have a crayfish for lunch all in one package ??
Oscar  O.
Oscar O.
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(237 reviews)
A bit chilly at first but warmed up as the morning went on, the Captain found some good spots and we hooked numerous fish, some too small, but kept 3. The Captains recommendations to take our larger catch to be smoked at Farmers Quality Meats (also picked up some streaky bacon for breakfast!) and the smaller fish to Crafty Trout to be cooked for our dinner were both accepted with delicious results! We couldn’t be more pleased with how our day began and ended in Taupo!
Shawna  J.
Shawna J. Honolulu, HI
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(58 reviews)
Our family had an amazing time fishing with the crew. It was a great experience for our 5 & 7 year old children and they were engaged for every minute of it. It was great that they shared rods with us as it was a little too heavy for them to reel up the fish! We would highly recommend this tour.
Ingrid  F.
Ingrid F. Christchurch, Canterbury
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(237 reviews)
Extremely solid and well kept boat,very comfortable...excellent gear. Marty is an expert on this lake and on techniques for bringing in fish. A very personable and solid man.
Michael  L.
Michael L. South Burlington, VT
Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters
Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
We really enjoyed our trip out on the lake with Captain dan! He was very knowledgeable and accomidating . We took our 3 children ages 4 , 8 & 11. The boat had a Nice indoor area perfect for the little one to chill in while we were fishing. We managed to catch 1 trout in our time out which we cooked.on the bbq for dinner 🍽
Rebecca  P.
Rebecca P. New Plymouth, Taranaki
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(237 reviews)
Excellent service. Capt. Marty has extensive local knowledge and provided valuable suggestions with the remainder of our trip to NZ. Oh, and he put us on the trout in Lake Taupo!
Michael  D.
Michael D. Reno, Nevada
Fish n Dips Charters LTD
Fish n Dips Charters LTD
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
I had a great afternoon fishing with Roy from Fish N Dips. The ride out and back was a bit bouncy (1hr trip) but when we got to the reef, I caught kingfish and snappers on live mackerel bait. Roy was great in offering advice and keeping us on the fish.
Mark  H.
Mark H. Auckland, Auckland
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(48 reviews)
Was a great afternoon, with the crew, one old but comfortable boat. Would recommend this charter anyway.
David & Kavanagh
David & Kavanagh Chelsea, VT
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(237 reviews)
We had a wonderful afternoon with our fishing guide Marty. The boat was immaculate and he was very knowledgeable about fishing in the area as well as the town of Taupo. Mart was very personable and conscientious about us having a good time with successful fishing. We landed a couple of beautiful trout and had a very delicious dinner that evening. Each outing is private. We highly recommend booking with Marty as you will have an enjoyable experience!
Cheryl  L.
Cheryl L. Arvada, CO
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(123 reviews)
Great afternoon. Great experience for first time trout fishing. Highly recommend.
Daniela  D.
Daniela D. Bethel, VT
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(237 reviews)
Marty was a great guide, he hooked up the whole family! Fresh trout for dinner that night were delicious 😀
Nicole  M.
Nicole M. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Target Charters
Target Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(43 reviews)
Thankyou for the amazing trip. It was fun great vibe and are already keen to book another one
Brian  P.
Brian P. Kaikohe, Northland
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(237 reviews)
Marty is friendly and will talk about interesting things of the region and in general while patiently waiting for a trout to set on the hook. The best thing is you can ask Marty to explore the lake as well in your own time.
Ingrid  F.
Ingrid F. Auckland, Auckland
Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ
Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Awsome day fishing .Darren was really helpful and his knowledge was incredible. Best fishing trip ever
Gerald  T.
Gerald T. Auckland, Auckland
Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters
Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(46 reviews)
We had a wonderful afternoon trip with amazing weather to match! Cap'n Dan made our fishing experience seamless and memorable as we soaked up the sun over good conversation and coffee. Highly recommend this trip and its friendly and very knowledgeable Cap'n Dan for a great day out on this beautiful charter (with trout as a bonus!).
Katrina  R.
Katrina R. Worcester, MA
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(123 reviews)
Capt. Richard took my son and I out for a half-day trip and we had an excellent time. He was very patient, very instructive, and gave us a 5-star experience from the second we got on the boat to the moment we stepped off. I would highly recommend him as a charter captain.
Brian  D.
Brian D. Vero Beach, FL