Paihia Fishing Charters

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Paihia: 9 fishing charters available
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trips from US $394
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trips from US $214
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Paihia
trips from US $92
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trips from US $794
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trips from US $110
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Paihia
trips from US $113
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(123 reviews)
Paihia
trips from US $104
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(47 reviews)
Russell
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According to customer reviews, some of the most popular fishing charters in Paihia are: Full list of top fishing charters in Paihia

The average price for a private 4 hour Paihia fishing trip is US $733, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you US $878 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

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

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Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Paihia are:
  • 4-hour fishing trips – US $564
  • 5-hour fishing trips – US $940
  • 6-hour fishing trips – US $791
  • 7-hour fishing trips – US $1,283
  • 8-hour fishing trips – US $2,138
  • 9-hour fishing trips – US $2,300
  • 10-hour fishing trips – US $2,600

Fishing in Paihia

Fondly known as “the gem of the Bay of Islands,” Paihia is home to some of the finest fishing in New Zealand. This summertime tourist destination boasts a fine fleet of charter boats, with a wide variety of trips for visitors to choose from. You can spend a few hours dropping lines in the bay for Kingfish and Snapper, or head off on a multi-day excursion to battle some of the world’s largest Broadbill Swordfish. There’s no shortage of options in between, with 3 different Marlin species and plenty of other game fish swimming around here. The fishing charters Paihia has in store will give you a chance to have it all, from big game hookups to coolers full of eating fish.

Known For

Big Game Fishing

The waters surrounding Paihia are abundant with big game fish, ranging from Marlin, Tuna, Swordfish, and Mahi Mahi to Kingfish and Bluenose Warehou. Deep sea anglers will find opportunities here year-round, but it’s usually the summer season that draws people to Paihia. Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin are in season from January through April, accompanied by Yellowfin Tuna. Swordfish reach their peak around the time that these fish start fading away, while other deep water inhabitants like Bluenose Warehou and Gemfish become more accessible in winter. Kingfish, Snapper, Nannygai, and Grouper offer good bottom fishing action throughout much of the year, both offshore and closer to the coast.

A full day trip out of Paihia will usually start in the middle of the Bay of Islands before you work your way out to Cape Brett and cast lines around the legendary Hole in The Rock. Some trips continue north toward the Cavalli Islands. This triangular circuit will put you in prime fishing territory for Kingfish, Kahawai, Trevally, Snapper, Grouper, Mahi Mahi, and Marlin when in season.

If it’s Broadbill Swordfish you’re after, you’ll need to book an extended day or overnight charter. A Swordfishing trip will take you roughly 20 nautical miles from shore, out to the Cavalli Seamout area.

Multi-day excursions are very popular in Paihia, and will give you access to some of the world’s finest big game fishing grounds. Spend several days on board and you’ll make your way north to the Cavalli Islands and Cape Karikari, or south to Tutukaka, Poor Knights Island, and the Mokohinau Islands.

Nearshore Fishing

You can also have a blast when you spend your time in Paihia fishing closer to shore. Casting lines anywhere from the coast to the continental shelf could have you hooking into 30 different species. Snapper, Grouper, Kingfish, and Kahawaii are among the most popular nearshore (or “inshore”) gamefish here. Novice anglers who are out for a bit of fun can join a shared trip for half a day, whereas a private charter allows you to fish all day without rubbing elbows with other anglers.

Shore Fishing

Pressed for time? You don’t even have to leave shore to experience the fishing Paihia is famous for! Head toward the Waitangi Golf Club (over the Waitangi Bridge) and make a beeline for the rocky outcrops nearby. Anglers catch Trevally, Kahawai, and even Snapper while casting lines from here, an excellent preview of the kind of fishing you’ll experience on a local charter. Come equipped with a heavy bait and abrasion-resistant line.

Need to Know

Regulations

Recreational anglers don’t need a license to fish in New Zealand. Bear in mind that size and bag limits apply to many local fish species, and there is a daily limit on how many fin fish you’re allowed to keep (20 fish per person, subject to change). If you’re fishing on your own, make sure you stay up to date on regulations in the Auckland and Kermadec area.

Many charter boats encourage catch and release of big game species, and may limit each passenger to 3 keeper fish.

Budget

The fishing charters Paihia has to offer vary widely in price, which makes this a great place to fish no matter what your budget is like.

Nearshore bottom fishing charters range from NZD $600-$1,000 for a half day trip (4-5 hours), and $1,200-1,700 for a full day trip (8-9 hours). For travelers on a tight budget, shared trips are the most economical choice. These are usually limited to half day trips for $110-275 per person.

A standard big game fishing trip usually lasts 8-10 hours, and can range in price from $1,300-$2,000 or more.

Multi-day charters start at $2,000 per day and can cost significantly more, depending on the quality of the boat and your trip itinerary.

Getting There

Paihia is easily accessible by car and coach. If driving from Auckland, can follow the east coast highway or the Kauri Coast route and reach Paihia in a little more than 3 hours.

Alternatively, you can catch a coach operated by GreatSights or InterCity, which both run daily buses to and from Paihia.

The closest airport is 23 km northwest in Kerikeri, just a 40-minute flight from Auckland.

Featuring numerous tourist attractions and some of the finest big game fishing in the world, Paihia is a destination that is sure to please everyone in your family!

Paihia Fishing Seasons

January

At the height of summer, you can expect average temperatures in Paihia to be a balmy 16-23°C. Blue, Black, and Striped Marlin are in season, and many bottom fish are at their peak.

February

Marlin are at their peak in February, and local waters will be crowded with anglers who are after them. The nearshore bite includes Snapper, Nannygai, Kahawai, and Trevally.

March

March is an excellent time to head offshore for Marlin, Swordfish, Kingfish, and much more. Spend several days fishing to the north and south of Paihia and hook yourself a trophy!

April

As the season shifts, the Marlin bite is slowing down. Tuna and Swordfish will continue to provide heavy tackle action for the next few months.

May

As winter gets underway, average temperatures are hovering between 12-19°C. This is an excellent time to fish for Snapper, Nannygai, Bluenose Warehou, and Swordfish.

June

June is one of the coldest months of the year in Paihia, but it’s nowhere near cold enough to keep anglers off the water! Kingfish, Swordfish, Bluenose Warehou, and Hapuka are at their peak.

July

Few species are at their peak in July. The cold weather draws many fish from the deep closer to the surface, which makes this an excellent time to fish for Swordfish and Bluenose Warehou.

August

Winter continues in Paihia, with average temperatures as low as 10-16°C. Bottom fishing for Kingfish, Hapuka, and Bluenose is sill excellent.

September

Spring is on its way, and the fishing is about to change. For now, your time is best spent casting lines close to shore for Snapper, Kahawai, Trevally, and more.

October

Kingfish, Snapper, and Nannygai are biting more and should keep you busy until bigger fish start showing up in the next month or two!

November

Kingfish are at their peak once again, and you can expect fairly consistent fishing nearshore for Snapper, Nannygai, John Dory, and the like. Paihia’s big game fishing season is just around the corner.

December

Summer is in full swing and many bottom fish are at their peak! Spend a day fishing in the Bay of Islands for Trevally, Kahawai, Snapper, Kingfish, and so much more.

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What anglers said about fishing in Paihia

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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters Auckland, Auckland
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
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash Whangarei, Northland
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.
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash Auckland, Auckland
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!!!
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Big Fish Bay Of Islands Little Hampton, 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.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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.
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Big Fish Bay Of Islands Brandon Park, VIC
Difficult time of year but still plenty of fish to catch if you put the time in
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Difficult time of year but still plenty of fish to catch if you put the time in
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Big Fish Bay Of Islands Tauranga, BOP
Try to come in the summer, and pick you day with the weather in winter if you can
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Try to come in the summer, and pick you day with the weather in winter if you can
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash Whangarei, Northland
Contact Derek at Big Fish Charters and have a chat, he knows his stuff and is so accomodating.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Contact Derek at Big Fish Charters and have a chat, he knows his stuff and is so accomodating.
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Big Fish Bay Of Islands Malvern, VIC
Fantastic time of year for fishing in Haruru. Lots of sunshine and plenty of fish.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Fantastic time of year for fishing in Haruru. Lots of sunshine and plenty of fish.
Target Charters
Target Charters Melbourne, Victoria

How did anglers rate fishing charters in Paihia?

Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(123 reviews)
Captain and crew were excellent I didn’t catch many but that’s not thier fault 😁
Richard  M.
Richard M.
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(123 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.
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(123 reviews)
The morning fishing experience surpassed our expectations. The skipper and his first mate provided a friendly and exceptional time.
Gary  L.
Gary L.
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(123 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.
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.
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.
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(120 reviews)
Trent and Geoff/Jeff done a great job. I really appreciated their service. :)
George  T.  N.
George T. N.
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Very good
4.0 / 5
(120 reviews)
Having locals crew who know the area and all of its best fishing spots makes such a difference
ANTHONY  I.
ANTHONY I.
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(123 reviews)
Awesome day spent fishing with the guys who were extremely helpful. We caught plenty of fish, and the shark I almost caught was a great experience. Watching them fillet the fish so quickly on the way back was an added bonus, especially having fresh fish for dinner Highly recommend
Lisa  S.
Lisa S.
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(123 reviews)
The crew were a hoot and did a great job juggling the nine of us. We took home plenty of fish. Highly recommend this boat.
Natalie  B.
Natalie B.
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(106 reviews)
Great day out started with catching bait then off for snapper and Kingi's. Returned with feed of fish.
Grant  M.
Grant M.
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(123 reviews)
Captain Rick and crew Johnny were knowledgeable of the area, knew where to take us to fish. With 10 of us on this trip they worked very hard to keep us all fishing, taking fish off the hook, baiting/repairing lines. A great team.
Leanne  K.
Leanne K.
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(106 reviews)
Had a fantastic day of fishing, the skipper was very knowledgeable and knew where to go. We got a heap of livebait in no time then went chasing the big ones. My wife caught her PB Snapper and I my PB Kingfish.
David  M.
David M.
Target Charters
Target Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(50 reviews)
Captain Ross and Harley were great! Very helpful and attentive. Dedicated to finding finding fish for us to catch!! Highly recommended.
Jennifer  J.
Jennifer J.
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(123 reviews)
Rick and John made sure it was a great day. Caught plenty of fish and good laughs. Highly recommend
Sam  P.
Sam P.
Get Reel Charters
Get Reel Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Very good
4.0 / 5
(31 reviews)
The boat performed well, the skipper was a really nice guy and worked hard to find fish. Unfortunately our day was not a “biting/catching” day……
John  P.
John P.
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(123 reviews)
Everyone caught fish!! Great crew in every aspect… If your after a morning or afternoons fishing look no further.
Bradley  P.
Bradley P.
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(120 reviews)
We highly recommend! We caught a bunch of fish and had a fantastic day on the water. Jeff and Trent were fabulous crew and so helpful!
Karen  K.
Karen K.
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(106 reviews)
A beautiful day with a very skilled captain. Derek knows his waters and has not only an eminent understanding of where the fish will be, but also an entertaining knowledge of the area. Thanks allot for an action filled day with lots of fish. A day to remember and to recommend.
Thomas  I.
Thomas I.
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Blue Sea Charters – Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(123 reviews)
Lovely people, Nice views, Seen dolphins, caught a lot of fish. definitely worth it!
Geert  M.
Geert M.

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