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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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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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Do it. Kaikoura is a great spot for fishing and usually always go home with a good amount of fish
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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.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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 !!
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
3.7 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good
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!
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
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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!!!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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!
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
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
Derek used his knowledge of the area and his expertise for us to achieve our goal of catching a nice sized fish , as well as a few others. I would recommend Derek to any angler coming to Paihia for the first time.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Derek used his knowledge of the area and his expertise for us to achieve our goal of catching a nice sized fish , as well as a few others. I would recommend Derek to any angler coming to Paihia for the first time.
Gary  B.
Gary B. Brandon Park, VIC
Difficult time of year but still plenty of fish to catch if you put the time in
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Difficult time of year but still plenty of fish to catch if you put the time in
Jeremy  R.
Jeremy R. Tauranga, BOP

Rotorua Trout Charters
Rotorua Trout Charters
Fishing charter in Rotorua
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 5 reviews
While the fishing was slow the company was good and my biggest trout yet made up for the low catch rate
Julian  M.
Julian M. Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty
Get Reel Charters
Get Reel Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 15 reviews
Great day out thanks. Great to meet an enthusiastic captain who knew where the fish were and where they weren't. Paul is very knowledgeable and very helpful. Great tips and advice. 6 good size kingies and 8 snapper between us
Paul  W.
Paul W. Whangarei, Northland
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 136 reviews
Marty is obviously an experienced guide, he put us onto numerous fish & was always chuffed for us - the angler, if a fish was on the line, but even more so if one was coming home with us. Would highly recommend, we will be back!! Thank you Marty.
Mat  O.
Mat O. Bradford, ME
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 136 reviews
This is the second time we've been out with Marty and had another good trip. Took us a bit longer to find the fish this time, but we managed to haul in a good load and the kids loved it too.
James  M.
James M. Auckland, Auckland
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 136 reviews
My wife and I with our 2 teenage children had a great time and the skipper was so helpful. The bonus was we all caught a fish. Highly recommend.
Tim  O.
Tim O. Bedford, NH
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 36 reviews
Awesome trip, we had a great family time! definitely will recommend to all our friends! We surely need book 3 hours trip next time!
Liu  Z.
Liu Z. Mantua Township, NJ
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 39 reviews
Excellent trip out with malcolm.Two hour trip just right for us lots of fish to take home.highly recomend Steve
Steve  S.
Steve S. Elizabeth, NJ
Lakeland Princess Charters
Lakeland Princess Charters
Fishing charter in Rotorua
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 5 reviews
We went out for my sons 6th birthday. He had a blast, he caught 2 trout and drove the boat. We all caught trout and had a fantastic time. It was the highlight of our trip to Rotorua.
Mia  C.
Mia C. Brownfield, ME
Lakeland Princess Charters
Lakeland Princess Charters
Fishing charter in Rotorua
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 5 reviews
Captain Tom Was a great host and everything was laid on for us, we had a 6, 8 and 13 year old who all caught a fish for themselves. Everyone left very happy. Highly recommend 👌 👍
Niall  F.
Niall F. Auckland, AUK
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 136 reviews
Great family boat trip, highly recommended! Make sure you have time to get your catch smoked afterwards!
Matt  H.
Matt H. Bethel, VT
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 136 reviews
Great experience after 20 years. The family trip favorite Capt Marty was was excellent and very knowledgeable. Each member of the family caught a trout . Great service also by craft trout brewery to cook the trout and Framers Discount Bucher to smock the rest . Thank you Marty appreciated Best Regards Roshan
Roshan  J.  A.
Roshan J. A. Berlin, CT
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 136 reviews
Wonderful experience Marty is a great guy would recommend this fishing to everyone. Had two trout for tea tonight fantastic eating. We put 7 in to be smoked.
Gary  B.
Gary B. Hamilton, WKO
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 67 reviews
Not much on but kept moving and found a few. Made the day great when we landed a big 1
Melanie  W.
Melanie W. Auckland, AUK
Rotorua Trout Guide
Rotorua Trout Guide
Fishing charter in Rotorua
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 4 reviews
Fantastic day out with Julian. Great experience. Julian was knowledgeable and helpful andirons all had a great day out
Shaun  L.  F.
Shaun L. F. Southbank, Victoria
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 136 reviews
After being on a multitude of guided fishing trips all over the world, the obvious upside with this operator is that Marty doesnt have the know-it-all-attitude that seems to be a truly universal fishing guide traits. Very likable, sensible and competent dude.
Pontus  W.
Pontus W. Taupo, Waikato
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 136 reviews
Good captain, good yarns , just didn't take the beers , other then that, was a good trip and managed to take home couple keepers , our for kids enjoyed it.. would do it again !
Bam  D.
Bam D. Hamilton, WKO
Pinnacle Charters
Pinnacle Charters
Fishing charter in Taupo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 27 reviews
Great morning on Lake Taupo with Liam, got some great fish. He was awesome helping my 6yr old son. Also a great recommendation for getting the trout smoked. Highly recommend Pinnacle Charters & Liam. Thanks for a great day Liam
Warren  M.
Warren M. Hamilton, Waikato
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 136 reviews
Thanks Marty for the wonderful fishing trip! The whole family were so excited and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip with you! In this winter time, we still managed to catch 4 big fishes! We will come back next year!
Sarah  Z.
Sarah Z. Auckland, Auckland
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 39 reviews
My two boys (4 & 11) and I had a great time out with Malcolm. Great friendly service. My 11 year old got a lesson on filleting. We saw a Humpback Whale, a pod of 40-50 dolphins, came home with 3 crayfish and lost track of how many fish we caught. A thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.
Nick  G.
Nick G. Christchurch, Canterbury
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 39 reviews
We had a great trip with Malcolm and came home with a couple of Kg’s of fillets and two crays. The beauty of this charter is that the fishing grounds are very close and there is not a lot of transit time. The scenery is amazing and the fishing was great. Malcolm is a great host. Highly recommended!
Larry  B.
Larry B. Christchurch, Canterbury

FAQs about Fishing Charters in New Zealand

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in New Zealand costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $348, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $1,014. These prices are based on trips booked on our site recently.

Prices will vary depending on trip length, fishing technique, as well as the type and size of the boat you booked. However, to give you an indication, the average boat size in New Zealand is 35 ft and the most common vessel type is a Aluminum fishing.

According to customer reviews, Fish Taupo, White Striker Charters Troutcatcher, and Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters 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 Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in New Zealand.

The best way to experience fishing in New Zealand is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in New Zealand.

The most popular fish species you can target are Snapper (Pink), Yellowtail Amberjack, and John Dory. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, trolling, and bottom fishing. Inshore fishing, offshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in New Zealand.