New Zealand Fishing Charters

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5.0 / 5
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Taupo
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trips from US $195
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4.9 / 5
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Taupo
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trips from US $233
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4.9 / 5
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Paihia
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trips from US $394
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Rotorua
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trips from US $183
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4.9 / 5
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Taupo
trips from US $366
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4.8 / 5
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Taupo
trips from US $244
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trips from US $580
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Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in New Zealand

According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in New Zealand are: Full list of top fishing charters in New Zealand

The average price for a private 4 hour New Zealand fishing trip is US $362, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $984 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in New Zealand that received great reviews from families are:

The top 3 fish species targeted on guided fishing trips in New Zealand are:

The top 3 fishing techniques in New Zealand are:

The top 3 types of fishing in New Zealand are:

Many fishing charters in New Zealand provide rods, reels and tackle. Some of the top rated are:

According to customer reviews on FishingBooker.com, some of the best rated charter captains in New Zealand are:

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in New Zealand are:
  • 2-hour fishing trips – US $376
  • 3-hour fishing trips – US $544
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $786
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $583
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $984
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $1,514
  • 9-hour fishing trips – US $800

Fishing in New Zealand

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.

New Zealand Fishing Seasons

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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What anglers said about fishing in New Zealand

We caught Kingfish but were only there for the day. We highly recommend Jason at Strikezone
Excellent
5.0 / 5
We caught Kingfish but were only there for the day. We highly recommend Jason at Strikezone
Strikezone Sportfishing NZ
Strikezone Sportfishing NZ
Trust your captain to advise you on techniques and tackle, and where to fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Trust your captain to advise you on techniques and tackle, and where to fish.
Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters
Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters
Make sure you are ready to have a greay day out. Bring a "BIG" chilly bin to put your catch in, because there will be plenty to fill it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you are ready to have a greay day out. Bring a "BIG" chilly bin to put your catch in, because there will be plenty to fill it.
Coro Cowboy Fishing Charters
Coro Cowboy Fishing Charters
They were well prepared and ready to go. Amenities on the boat were in great condition and the tackle was high quality.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
They were well prepared and ready to go. Amenities on the boat were in great condition and the tackle was high quality.
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Take a cooler box to keep all the fish you catch - the crew cleaned and filled it and we had heaps to take away with us
Very good
4.0 / 5
Take a cooler box to keep all the fish you catch - the crew cleaned and filled it and we had heaps to take away with us
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
You do not have to worry about anything! The captain takes care of you and the fishing part!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
You do not have to worry about anything! The captain takes care of you and the fishing part!
Target Charters
Target Charters
Look for an experienced angler / skipper to get the best advice. The lakes are large and local knowledge is invaluable.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Look for an experienced angler / skipper to get the best advice. The lakes are large and local knowledge is invaluable.
Rotorua Trout Charters
Rotorua Trout Charters
Rely on Dave, he knows his stuff and will provide you with the best possible experience!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Rely on Dave, he knows his stuff and will provide you with the best possible experience!
Reel Charters
Reel Charters
Don’t stress Jason has you covered he communicates well and he will let you know what you need to do.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Don’t stress Jason has you covered he communicates well and he will let you know what you need to do.
Strikezone Sportfishing NZ
Strikezone Sportfishing NZ
If you have Jason as your captain, he will work his hardest to get you a feed
Excellent
4.7 / 5
If you have Jason as your captain, he will work his hardest to get you a feed
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Maybe not the most fish you'll ever catch, but they're beautiful and quite large!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Maybe not the most fish you'll ever catch, but they're beautiful and quite large!
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
Good times. The Aussies on the boat loved it but the kiwis caught the fish!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Good times. The Aussies on the boat loved it but the kiwis caught the fish!
Target Charters
Target Charters
Know the local knowledge of the area.ask the Skipper if you are new to fishing.You need to know what you are doing if you want to catch fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Know the local knowledge of the area.ask the Skipper if you are new to fishing.You need to know what you are doing if you want to catch fish.
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Blue sea charters are obviously experts on where the fish are, no mucking around took us straight to the spot, straight onto the fish, maximising our fishing time
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Blue sea charters are obviously experts on where the fish are, no mucking around took us straight to the spot, straight onto the fish, maximising our fishing time
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Fishing depends on the weather so dress appropriately for wind and rain in layers.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fishing depends on the weather so dress appropriately for wind and rain in layers.
Rotorua Trout Charters
Rotorua Trout Charters
Not too cold not too hot, the water are great and not too harsh. Not too sea sick
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Not too cold not too hot, the water are great and not too harsh. Not too sea sick
Taupo Lake Adventures – Bravado III
Taupo Lake Adventures – Bravado III
This was our first time. We went with Marty Staine and it was the perfect day out. Caught plenty of fish with Marty’s set up. Recommend going with his fishing trips.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
This was our first time. We went with Marty Staine and it was the perfect day out. Caught plenty of fish with Marty’s set up. Recommend going with his fishing trips.
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo Napier City, HKB
Be sure the weather and enough number of customers join the charter before you plan your travel schedule. The booked date and time may be changed with short time notice.
Very good
4.0 / 5
Be sure the weather and enough number of customers join the charter before you plan your travel schedule. The booked date and time may be changed with short time notice.
Coro Cowboy Fishing Charters
Coro Cowboy Fishing Charters Auckland, Auckland
Patience as the weather changing rapidly and be flexible with actual fishing trip day
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Patience as the weather changing rapidly and be flexible with actual fishing trip day
Strikezone Sportfishing NZ
Strikezone Sportfishing NZ
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.
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo Brisbane, Queensland

How did anglers rate fishing charters in New Zealand?

Taupo Lake Adventures – Te Arani II
Taupo Lake Adventures – Te Arani II
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(15 reviews)
It was a beautiful day and very relaxing fishing as you had more time available by trolling. I caught 10 rainbow trout. It was a great fishing trip. Thanks also to Captain Nick.
Georg  O.
Georg O.
Rotorua Taupo Flyfishing adventures
Rotorua Taupo Flyfishing adventures
Fishing charter in Rotorua
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(32 reviews)
Ray was one of the best guides I have used His knowledge of the best fishing spots is amazing We caught some nice fish and it was a great day on the rivers I would highly recommend him and may make another trip to New Zealand just to fish with him again
Tim  S.
Tim S.
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(155 reviews)
Have to say the experience was worth every dollar. No hesitation in recommending Richard to anyone wanting a charter in Taupo. Very professional and will tell any of my friends to book him if coming to Taupo for a fishing trip.
Graeme  R.
Graeme R.
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(304 reviews)
We caught so many frish we couldn't believe it. And it seemed we had the lake to ourselves for the first 2 hours. Marty even took us out to see the Maori rock carvings which was very special. It was a wonderful experience not only fishing but watching the weather shape shift around the late. From mist to rain to sunshine. All in all a very worth while morning.
Nikki  R.
Nikki R.
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(122 reviews)
Rick and Johnny were amazing! So helpful and had all the gear we needed. Considerate and thoughtful. Great day highly recommend 🏆🎣
Marise  D.
Marise D.
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Kaikoura Fishing Tours
Fishing charter in Kaikoura
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(78 reviews)
We enjoyed our trip thoroughly. Captain and crew were super friendly and helpful. Very efficient and experienced. We had a great time.
Frank  G.
Frank G.
Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters
Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
Very informative about the whole area along with great fishing knowledge about the lake
BRIAN  M.
BRIAN M.
Coro Cowboy Fishing Charters
Coro Cowboy Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Te Kouma
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Ben knew exactly where to find the big fish and put us right on the spot. Plenty of room to bring in your fish and plenty of good fresh bait. Ben arranged for our fish to be filleted and bagged at a very reasonable cost. Definitely will be booking Coro Cowboy next time we're here.
Viv And Garry Leggett
Viv And Garry Leggett
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(122 reviews)
The morning fishing experience surpassed our expectations. The skipper and his first mate provided a friendly and exceptional time.
Gary  L.
Gary L.
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(304 reviews)
Very relaxed day of fishing. Good fish caught. Friendly captain. Recommended adventure.
Marcus  B.
Marcus B.
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(304 reviews)
Highly recommend, very enjoyable. Very experienced and passionate skipper, thanks Marty for a great time
Cathie  M.
Cathie M.
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(304 reviews)
Had a great 3 hours with Marty, nice chill guy and the boat is gorgeous. Caught 5 rainbow trout that I'm cooking up for my hostel tonight! Mountains are really pretty and equipment is great quality. First time fisher but I think I'm hooked.
Zakary  A.
Zakary A.
Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters
Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(63 reviews)
Captain Dan is a legend who makes sure you catch fish, enjoy a swim in the clear lake. And quietly regales you with fascinating fishing facts. His boat is the best we’ve ever fished from. It’s like a five star luxury cruise ship for just an handful of exclusive fishing friends. Thank you Dan. We hope we can come back for another visit.
Keith  E.
Keith E.
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(106 reviews)
We had an amazing fishing experience with Derek. We caught our bait easily and then landed some great fish. Darren knows the spots and was an engaging, enthusiastic captain. He cleaned and filleted our fish, ready for transporting it home. Thoroughly professional!
Robyn  I.
Robyn I.
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(122 reviews)
Excellent morning out, boat is kept to a very high standard, crew are helpful and plenty of snapper caught. Will be booking again soon
Kathy  D.  M.
Kathy D. M.
Sunday Charters LTD
Sunday Charters LTD
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(6 reviews)
Enjoyed the day and would recommend to others for a great fishing experience! Thank you Captain Andrew, First Officers David and John, incredible, fun service.
Moira  B.
Moira B.
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(304 reviews)
So lovely to head out onto beautiful Lake Taupo with everything taken care of. Marty had it all under control, we caught fish and were able to take them to a local restaurant to eat straight after. Fantastic.
Anna  F.
Anna F.
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(304 reviews)
Marty was a great guide. We caught 5 rainbows. He gave us great tips about the local area too.
Andrew  N.
Andrew N.
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(120 reviews)
Went out and Caught the biggest king fish of my life! Skipper was on! Very fun and would definitely do it again! Thanks brother
Jarom  N.
Jarom N.
Coro Cowboy Fishing Charters
Coro Cowboy Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Te Kouma
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(37 reviews)
Well worth the trip, crew were excelent, knew where the fish were and made sure everyone had a fare go at catching there quota.
Gerrard  N.
Gerrard N.

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