Auckland Fishing Charters

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trips from US $884
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trips from US $1,006
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4.8 / 5
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trips from US $1,825
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trips from US $1,950
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trips from US $1,219
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5.0 / 5
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Ti Point
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Whangaparaoa
trips from US $1,962
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4.9 / 5
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Amodeo Bay
trips from US $110

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Auckland

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

The average price for a private 4 hour Auckland fishing trip is US $1,101, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $1,237 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Fishing charters in Auckland that received great reviews from families are:

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

The top 3 fishing techniques in Auckland are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Auckland are:

Many fishing charters in Auckland 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 Auckland are:

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Auckland are:
  • Extended fishing trips – US $6,500
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $2,890
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $2,375
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $3,466
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $5,050

Fishing in Auckland

Some people might argue that the year-round appeal of Auckland fishing is not what gave the city the title of the third most liveable city of the world. But we disagree. It’s not just good weather, mouth-watering cuisine, and stunning nature that makes ‘The City of Sails’ stand out as one of our favourite destinations. It’s the fact that this city’s two coastlines and two harbours make for enviably appealing fishing both at the dock and offshore. Luckily, the fishing trips Auckland provides are more than good enough to put you in touch with the gateway of the Hauraki Gulf and beyond. Trust us - once you have gone there, you will be begging to go back.

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It says a lot for a city when you can expect to be fishing within ten minutes of leaving the dock. It says even more when you can realistically hope to fill your bag limit of Snapper within the hour, at certain times of year, at least. And when you can combine all this with amazing views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge and the city skyline, volcanoes and all, it can even get a little bit too much. Honestly, when the dolphins start swimming alongside the boat, some people on Auckland fishing charters have to pinch themselves to make sure they’re not dreaming.

Leave the Marina behind you and travel past the scenic islands dotted around the Harbour and Inner Hauraki Gulf. Traveling offshore, you will stop at some of the fishing spots Auckland has come to be famous for. Waiheke and Rakino Island, the Motuihe and Rangitoto Channels, the Ahaaha Rocks, and the Noises could well be some of your stopping points. Here, you will most likely find out what delicious Snapper looks like when it’s not wrapped in greasy newspaper at a fish and chip joint. It may not be pretty, but oh my, it tastes good when it’s been caught fresh that day. And it isn’t half enjoyable to catch, too.

But fishing Auckland and the surrounding waters means much more than just Snapper. One of the favourites in these parts is a real bruiser. Kingfish, or “Kingi” as they are known in these parts, are energetic sport fish that will give any angler a run for their money. Take a longer trip to the outer Hauraki Gulf and the Great Barrier, and you could be in with a chance of Blue, Black, or Striped Marlin, as well as Tuna. Of course, no Auckland fishing charter would be complete without the potential surprise of hooking one of the most ugly - and delicious - fish known to man. If you haven’t seen a John Dory before, look them up.

But don’t forget - Auckland does indeed have two coastlines, and it’s not all about the Hauraki Gulf. The west coast can also have some phenomenal fishing - but here, you have to be even more careful of windy weather than you do in the east. When conditions allow, you can find huge Kingfish and Snapper in these parts, as well as Albacore and Skipjack Tuna in the summer. Just make sure you are fishing with someone who knows these waters well.

Rules & Regulations

New Zealand does not charge a license fee for recreational fishing in salt waters, but strict rules apply regarding daily bag limits, size limits, and prohibited areas apply. All skippers aboard registered Auckland fishing charters should be up to date on the current regulations and they will make sure you are fishing according to the local regulations.

Types of Fishing

The main rule of Auckland fishing is never to go easy on the berley. Berley up, and you’ll be ready to tackle monster Snappers with bait or softbaits (lures,) with John Dory and Trevally also excellent targets.

If you’re looking for even more of a hands-on experience, you shouldn’t miss jigging for Kingfish - White Island, Three Kings, and the Ranfurly Banks are our top picks for trophy Kingis. Live baiting with Koheru or other bait fish is always a good option, while Kingfish can also respond to cut baits if they are presented well.

Time your trip right, and you could also head off into the bluewater to troll for Tuna, Marlin and Broadbill Swordfish in the summer months.

One of the most exciting aspects of fishing in these parts is seeing a work up in the Hauraki Gulf. This is when Whales, Dolphins, Kingfish, Billfish, and other predators chase a ball of bait fish from below, while Ganets and other sea birds attack from above. This is not a good time to be a bait fish, but is an excellent time to get in on the action and see the sea life of the South Pacific in its full glory.

Auckland Fishing Seasons

January

January is usually the beginning of the game fishing season in New Zealand. Warm waters of the East Auckland Current flow south from the South Pacific islands, bringing Striped and Blue Marlin to the offshore waters. 

February

The offshore Marlin bite continues, with long trips to the fishing grounds worth it to see a tail-walking Striped Marlin on the end of your line. Remember that fishing in Auckland is always at the mercy of the weather.

March

The end of summer comes around, and hotel rates drop. Offshore, the Marlin fishing is as good as ever, while Kingfish and Snapper are biting as well as ever in the harbour.

 

April

Autumn means one thing for fish in Auckland: eating. And for anglers, that means action. This is a great time to jig for Kingfish over offshore pinnacles or softbait in the inshore shallow waters. Temperatures are cooling down.

May

May starts getting cold. The Snapper and Kingfish bites are very good. Often, Marlin will congregate in May and early June, creating the best fishing of the year. Don't miss the Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show.

June

Watch out for workups of Kingfish for explosive fishing. This is officially Auckland's low season, so score a deal at a hotel before heading out on the water for some great fishing. But be patient with the weather!

July

Water temperatures drop to a chilly 12ºC, but don't let that stop you getting out on the water. This is one of the best months to hook a trophy Snapper or Kingfish. Look for Kingfish hugging the bottom and Snapper close to the shore.

August

With winds mainly coming from the west, August in Auckland means flat seas and few crowds. Make sure to be flexible, though - winds are always possible. Big breeding Snapper congregate in the gulf, ready to spawn.

September

Spring finally starts to arrive, and along with it comes changeable weather. Workup fishing gets better and better - but make sure to have a few possible days open, as it's not uncommon for wind and rain to stop play.

October

As if out of the blue, the fishing kicks in for real in October in Auckland. The fish are spawning and feeding up aggressively, with Kingfish coming up from the bottom to chase jigs, poppers, and stickbaits at the top of the water. Snapper fishing is as good as it gets.

November

Snapper close in on the harbours and estuaries. At this time of year, Auckland fishing charters can catch limits of fish in just a couple of hours. While you can never guarantee anything with fishing, you can expect to have fun right now.

December

The fishing remains on top form in the summer, with the possibility of Marlin now being added into the mix. Kingfish and Snapper are caught in shallow water and the harbours. How about that for a Christmas present?

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What anglers said about fishing in Auckland

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Excellent
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How did anglers rate fishing charters in Auckland?

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.
Riko Boat Charters
Riko Boat Charters
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(73 reviews)
Captain Bryan taught me how to speedball today. His instructions were instructional and explains how fishing works as a craft. Had lots of fun and learned a trick today. Great experience!
George  S.
George S.
Riko Boat Charters
Riko Boat Charters
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(73 reviews)
We booked this charter with family and friends. Many of us have done charters throughout NZ as we are locals but Bryan and his boat have to be one of the best. We had beautiful weather which always makes for a good day but Bryan’s knowledge, understanding and attention is what made this trip so good.
Arron  T.
Arron T.
Sunday Charters LTD
Sunday Charters LTD
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
These guys are great! Really helpfull, and easy to deal with. Very knowledgeable and friendly.
Matthew  R.
Matthew R.
Riko Boat Charters
Riko Boat Charters
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(73 reviews)
Bryan was nice and full of knowledge of fishing. We had an awesome day out and came back lots of fish. Definitely recommend Bryan to everyone.
Elaine  T.
Elaine T.
Riko Boat Charters
Riko Boat Charters
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(73 reviews)
Bryan captains a great fishing experience. He shares his knowledge of the harbour, the fish and wider environmental impacts on the fishing stock. He's professional, maintaining his awareness of the weather conditions, tides, other vessels and water hazards at all times. He found us the fish, followed the fish and helped us with baiting, technique, and unhooking our catch. We had an awesome day. Thanks Capt Bryan and Riko Riko! :)
Anne  T.
Anne T.
Riko Boat Charters
Riko Boat Charters
Fishing charter in Auckland
Very good
4.0 / 5
(73 reviews)
Great day, tidy boat and the skipper made it easy. lots of knowledge to share
Rob  R.
Rob R.
Riko Boat Charters
Riko Boat Charters
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(73 reviews)
It was awesome fishing trip,all my fellow mates caught many fish 🐟🐟,the boat experience was very smooth and enjoyable.
Shalendra  P.
Shalendra P.
Riko Boat Charters
Riko Boat Charters
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(73 reviews)
Unfortunately the weather was terrible so limited where we could go but Skip did a great job trying to get us on some snapper whilst getting the boat into some shelter from the wind!! Great trip and perfect environment to catch up with some old mates. Great day out.
Wayne  C.
Wayne C. Maple Shade, NJ
Fish n Dips Charters LTD
Fish n Dips Charters LTD
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Started out at 6 AM from the harbor got to the fishing spot within an hour had a bite within the first 10 minutes caught another three fish, two yellowtail king and two snapper and me and the wife decided to go back in after only 45 minutes again, what a day
George  M.
George M. Boynton Beach, FL
Fish n Dips Charters LTD
Fish n Dips Charters LTD
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 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
Fish n Dips Charters LTD
Fish n Dips Charters LTD
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
We went out 6am and first caught some live bait. Afterwards we went further out to catch some King fish and Red Snapper. We hat an amazing day and caught some nice fish. Unfortunately two big fish got eaten by sharks. You have to be fast :) The fishing spots were really good and we enjoyed our trip with a little bit of sightseeing from the boat.
Steven  H.
Steven H. Norwalk, CT
Fish n Dips Charters LTD
Fish n Dips Charters LTD
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Had an amazing day on the water with Captain Roy! He worked with me to reschedule the trip due to inclement weather and put us on fish immediately when we got on the water. Great guy, great day fishing and an even better snapper feast last night. 10/10 👍
Greg  W.
Greg W. Austin, TX
Sunday Charters LTD
Sunday Charters LTD
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Fantastic experience! Had fun and a lot of fish! The crew are professional and friendly! Our group of 13 really enjoyed this trip!
Ran  L.
Ran L. Auckland, Auckland
Riko Boat Charters
Riko Boat Charters
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(73 reviews)
Took our staff on a full days fishing trip as part of their team building and all loved the experience especially when they had a great catch too. They were happy to go home with heaps of snappers. Thank you Bryan for the awesome trip, Highly recommended.
Eleanor  P.
Eleanor P. Auckland, Auckland
Fish n Dips Charters LTD
Fish n Dips Charters LTD
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(11 reviews)
Maybe because of the weather,I and my friend got angling in heavy rain and did not made it to catch something. But the captain is so friendly and it gives us a good point of view to go fishing.
Yuhao  T.
Yuhao T. Melbourne, VIC
Riko Boat Charters
Riko Boat Charters
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(73 reviews)
We all had an amazing day ticking off a bucket list item for my stepdad while making some lifelong memories along the way. Would thoroughly recommend
Ben  B.
Ben B. Auckland, Auckland
Fish n Dips Charters LTD
Fish n Dips Charters LTD
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
What an awesome experience we had. Very highly recommended. We will be back for more.
Amanda  T.
Amanda T. Melbourne, Victoria
Sunday Charters LTD
Sunday Charters LTD
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(6 reviews)
Group of 8 had a great day and caught plenty of fish which made for an enjoyable trip. Only things I would note is that if you opt for catering, it's very basic burgers and the listing says that the crew will clean and fillet the fish but they refused to do it for us on the day and said it was a mistake on the listing.
Michaela  A.
Michaela A. Cummington, MA
Riko Boat Charters
Riko Boat Charters
Fishing charter in Auckland
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(73 reviews)
You can't ask for more from a captain. During the first half of the trip, we didn't get any fishing. However, captain Bryan manage to find a good spot in the second half. Bryan even gave us extra hours to fish to make everyone gets good catch and happy. Bryan's personal charm is a plus to this good fishing day.
Yung  K.  C.
Yung K. C. Auckland, Auckland

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