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Fish Taupo

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(187 reviews)
Taupo
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trips from $182

White Striker Charters Troutcatcher

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(93 reviews)
Taupo
trips from $353

Big Fish Bay Of Islands

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(69 reviews)
Paihia
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Rotorua Trout Guide

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Rotorua
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trips from $315

True Blue Ocean Adventures

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(22 reviews)
Whakatane
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Fiordland Fishing Guide

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(1 review)
Te Anau
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trips from $409

Savage Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(1 review)
Auckland
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trips from $1,132

Taupo Lake Adventures Ltd

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(62 reviews)
Taupo
trips from $220

Tom Mcauliffe Guided Fly Fishing

Mosgiel
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trips from $409

Get Reel Charters

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(20 reviews)
Paihia
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FAQs about Fishing Charters in New Zealand

The average price for a private 4 hour New Zealand fishing trip is $344, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $883 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Fish Taupo, White Striker Charters Troutcatcher, and Big Fish Bay Of Islands are some of the most popular fishing charters in New Zealand. Full list of top fishing charters in New Zealand.

Fish Taupo, White Striker Charters Troutcatcher, and Big Fish Bay Of Islands 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. Offshore fishing, inshore 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 24785 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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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
The fishing is unbelievably good here. We caught Snapper and Kingfish on a six hour trip which for us on our first time fishing here was spot on. Next trip though we will go for the big game fishing charters targeting Marlin and Tuna.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing is unbelievably good here. We caught Snapper and Kingfish on a six hour trip which for us on our first time fishing here was spot on. Next trip though we will go for the big game fishing charters targeting Marlin and Tuna.
Kynan  M.
Kynan M. New Zealand
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
Having fished the wilds of Montana this was pretty tame by comparison and we had never trolled for trout before. But Marty was very professional, his boat and equipment were perfect and we caught several small to medium size trout. Thanks Marty!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Having fished the wilds of Montana this was pretty tame by comparison and we had never trolled for trout before. But Marty was very professional, his boat and equipment were perfect and we caught several small to medium size trout. Thanks Marty!
Gail  M.
Gail M. Ramona, CA
Yes! Nick is great and gets everything ready for you fishing and makes it an easy day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes! Nick is great and gets everything ready for you fishing and makes it an easy day!
Aaron  F.
Aaron F. Auckland, AUK
food and drink . sunscreen and warm jacket. fish by the toilet. and go get sum tuatuas for bait.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
food and drink . sunscreen and warm jacket. fish by the toilet. and go get sum tuatuas for bait.
Mike  P.
Mike P. Te Puke, Bay Of Plenty
Bring changeable clothing and listen to the captain advise about how to land your catch and you will have a great time with great veiws
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring changeable clothing and listen to the captain advise about how to land your catch and you will have a great time with great veiws
Robin  K.
Robin K. Salisbury North, SA

Deepstar Charters
Deepstar Charters
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(57 reviews)
It was a stunning day out with deep star charters. The skipper knows where to go and the Andy the decky is very friendly and helpful. Met new people and had a good laugh during the trip. We will definitely do it again with them.
Rob  A.
Rob A. Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
We are family of 6 with adult off spring. We spent 3 hours with Richard on the stunning Lake Taupo. We had a great time and strike rate, with 8 fish on our lines which allowed everyone the experience of landing a fish. We took 4 trout home to share with our families and released the others. Richard was very knowledgeable and had all bases covered. A great experience for all of us.
Kiri  W.
Kiri W. CUMB FORESIDE, ME
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(187 reviews)
Marty was great! Had a good experience with the wife and kids. What a class act…..Marty put up with 3 hrs of on and off screaming from my 2 year old all the while catching 8 fish in total. Thanks again Marty!!!
Tom  K.
Tom K. Honolulu, HI
SpotX Fishing Charters - Screaming Reels
SpotX Fishing Charters - Screaming Reels
Fishing charter in Russell
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
The tide was very slow, and the fishing was really hard. But the skipper, Jenn, tried all she could to find us live bait, and snapper. I could only one snapper but this often happens at winter fishing. All and all, I had a great time. So thank you Jenn, for a wonderful fishing trip. When I can back, I definitely want to book Spot X again!!
Kazuya  K.
Kazuya K. Whangarei, Northland
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
Fishing charter in Russell
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
Exactly the same as the description I gave in my last review. Thanks, Jann!!
Kazuya  K.
Kazuya K. Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
Fish N Trips Charters
Fish N Trips Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
This was my daughters first time fishing on a boat (she only turn six last week). They were so good with her and in the end she caught more fish than any of us. I couldn’t recommend these guys more, a fantastic day fishing with experienced and obviously very knowledgeable husband and wife crew. Thank you 🙏🙏🙏🙏
Julian  H.
Julian H. Auckland, Auckland
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(187 reviews)
what's better then catching a few fish and haven them smoked or cooked the same day
Claudio  W.
Claudio W. Plainville, MA
Hooked Up Charters – NZ
Hooked Up Charters – NZ
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(7 reviews)
I went with my grandson and we had a great time. Laurie was the best fishing guide I’ve had. We were flying out the next day so we only did catch and release, but I caught 15 fish and my grandson caught 27! I would highly recommend thus tour.
Myles  F.
Myles F. Dumas, TX
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(187 reviews)
Fantastic fishing experience, had an absolute blast. Caught plenty, tasted great as well! Highly recommend!!!
Declan  R.
Declan R. Hartford, CT
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(187 reviews)
We had a great 3 hour afternoon trip and bagged seven good sized rainbows with 2 over 4.5 pound. Awesome scenery as well. Thanks Marty.
Geoff  S.
Geoff S. Wellington, Wellington
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(187 reviews)
Took the kids out to catch a fish on Taupo. Didn't disappoint with all of us catching keepers and a few smaller that were released. Marty great with kids and very knowledgeable about the local area and wildlife. Nice trip to give mum a few hrs to herself.
Duncan  B.
Duncan B. Troy, ME
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
Highly recommend. Easy going and comfortable. Great communication and super helpful. We really enjoyed Richard and he help all levels of experience/enthusiasm get involved, plus we caught lots of fish. A great way to experience Taupo Lake and Trout Fishing.
Art  R.
Art R. Wellington, Wellington
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(187 reviews)
Nice and clean boat, great captain, awesome lake and fantastic rainbow trouts! We had a great time. Highly recommended!
Matthew  C.
Matthew C. Auckland, AUK
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(187 reviews)
Awesome day on the lake with Marty. We did a 4hr trip and picked up 5 good rainbows. Marty was a great host. Friendly, helpful, and had some good chat. I'd definitely recommend this as a great day out.
Mathew  W.
Mathew W. Taupo, Waikato
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(187 reviews)
My mate and I had an amazing trout fishing day with an awesome captain. Marty took us to explore the beauty and wildness of the Great Lake Taupō. He was a very friendly and helpful person. We will definitely come back for another trip soon.
ABOLFAZL  B.
ABOLFAZL B. Auckland, Auckland
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(93 reviews)
Captain Richard was fantastic, taught the kids how to fish. He was very knowledgeable. We caught 4 good size trout.
Corina  O.
Corina O. Auckland, Auckland
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(52 reviews)
Great to spend the morning with Malcolm. Was lucky enough to come away with a delicious Cray. Catch up again soon Malcolm, many thanks Vince
Vince  K.
Vince K. Christchurch, Canterbury
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
The occasion was to celebrate a 60th birthday and the birthday boy didn’t only have a fabulous time but he caught the biggest fish. Loved the day and can’t wait to do another trip.
Pops  A.
Pops A. Auckland, Auckland
Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ
Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Darren is a great skipper, is great company and knows his stuff. definitely will be doing another trip with him.
Judah  S.
Judah S. Auckland, Auckland
Fish N Trips Charters
Fish N Trips Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
We had a primo time with Pete out on the water today! He took care of us and made sure we were well equipped to get the most of the winter waters! Had the joy of spending it alone and getting some neat views of the islands on a crisp calm sea! Managed to nab some good bites, yarns and dinner 😝 Thanks again pete we will definitely be back again!
Ebonie  H.
Ebonie H. Cohasset, MA