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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!

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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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Get an experienced captain and look to have a period of tide rising to get best chance of success.
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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
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
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
Try to come in the summer, and pick you day with the weather in winter if you can
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Try to come in the summer, and pick you day with the weather in winter if you can
Matthew  R.
Matthew R. Whangarei, Northland
Contact Derek at Big Fish Charters and have a chat, he knows his stuff and is so accomodating.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Contact Derek at Big Fish Charters and have a chat, he knows his stuff and is so accomodating.
Darryl  T.
Darryl T. Malvern, VIC
Sadly we were fishing post cyclone rains, winds and low pressure systems The experience was great, the weather and conditions were not on our side on the day
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Sadly we were fishing post cyclone rains, winds and low pressure systems The experience was great, the weather and conditions were not on our side on the day
Jeffrey  S.
Jeffrey S. Auckland, Auckland
take travel calm is you get motion sickness and sunscreen the sun was a killer
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
take travel calm is you get motion sickness and sunscreen the sun was a killer
Courtney  D.
Courtney D. Auckland, Auckland
Fantastic time of year for fishing in Haruru. Lots of sunshine and plenty of fish.
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Fantastic time of year for fishing in Haruru. Lots of sunshine and plenty of fish.
Damien  P.  K.
Damien P. K. Melbourne, Victoria

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
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
Target Charters
Target Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 34 reviews
Tried to go out wide for Marlin, weather didn’t allow us to spend too much time out there but everyone tried. Came back into shelter and fished for Kingies and snapper. Good result, plenty of snapper for dinner. Thanks guys, really enjoyed our day with you.
Ian  P.
Ian P. Gisborne, GIS
Target Charters
Target Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 34 reviews
Ross & Rick have a wealth of knowledge of the area and made the trip an excellent experience, they also helped us to catch 20 snapper ranging from 4 kgs to 1.5kgs. Through back heaps of size fish as we didn't need them. Can't wait to go out again but this time a kingfish trip.
Peter  M.
Peter M. Auckland, Auckland
Target Charters
Target Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 34 reviews
An awesome day out with Capt.Ross. Good fishing good weather an all round great experience. When it comes to Kingfishing Ross will put you on the money. Great job well done. Many thanks Geoff.
Geoff  E.
Geoff E. Auckland, Auckland
Target Charters
Target Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 34 reviews
We had a great family morning out thanks Ross. You and Rick were both fantastic, very encouraging for our sons, and helpful and very friendly. Thanks heaps. Regards Tim, Belinda, Max and George
Tim  B.
Tim B. Whangarei, NTL
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 67 reviews
The staff were great. Good humoured and kind. Often what makes a trip. They put us on a hood spot and everyone had fun and fish to take home. You can’t really ask for more than that.
Tony  T.
Tony T. Auckland, Auckland
Target Charters
Target Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 34 reviews
Great experience with The Ross dog and Rick the magician on the soft bait. Recommend this charter, lots of fun, very enjoyable and managed to bag a few snapper !! Ross and Rick were very patience and made us all feel welcome, provided the expertise when it mattered Thanks boys !!
Rihi  B.
Rihi B. Auckland, Auckland
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 67 reviews
We had a great afternoon on the boat with Jason. We had more fish than we could handle and fantastic photos of dolphins. Highlight of the kids holidays.
Aaron  W.
Aaron W. New Zealand
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 67 reviews
Great Day, perfect weather, heaps of fish, fantastic crew, tons of laughs and dolphins to top off an awesome experience. Could not speak more highly of this team. Don’t hesitate to book.
Chris  M.
Chris M. Auckland, Auckland
Target Charters
Target Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 34 reviews
Had a trip on 25th of October. Captain and crew knows their job. Awesome experience, thank you guys for the day and the fish!
Igor  L.
Igor L. Auckland, Auckland
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 67 reviews
The weather was fantastic, the fish were biting and Shane was ready with more bait at a moment's notice. 11 snapper, 2 trevally and and many more we threw back. Highly recommend Blue Sea Fishing charters.
Carolyn  F.
Carolyn F. New Zealand
Target Charters
Target Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 34 reviews
Great time for all of us. Biggest fish caught by a lady that had never fished! Ate our catch as well. Best fish and chips ever!
Ken  S.
Ken S. Marietta, GA
Get Reel Charters
Get Reel Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 15 reviews
Scored a great striped Marlin on the 2nd morning, experience of a lifetime. Went home a happy fisherman.
Joan  Z.  C.
Joan Z. C. Whangarei, Northland
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
4.3 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 67 reviews
6 fishing, very well looked after by Rick. What a luxury to have everything done for us. My sister hadn't caught a fish for 50+ years and landed 3 big snapper. A Fairy tale for her. Thank you for a well run outing.
Gordon  F.
Gordon F. Whangarei, Northland
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
4.7 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 67 reviews
Captain very good and helpful. Had a great day. Caught many fish - big ε small. All filleted for us. Fully recommended.
Joseph  T.
Joseph T. Auckland, AUK
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
4.0 Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good Very Good 67 reviews
Well informed skipper who knew where to go and get best from the time. All with an easy style and excellent help for the time.
Wayne  B.
Wayne B. Auckland, Auckland
Target Charters
Target Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 34 reviews
We had a great morning fishing with Maurice and we caught snapper for lunch. We highly recommend this CHARTER
Michael  K.
Michael K. Croydon, VIC
Target Charters
Target Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 34 reviews
Fantastic morning and we were out on the snapper straight away. Capt Ross only likes small groups so we had space. Great morning fishing. Would def pick Target Charters again.
Tina  B.
Tina B. Thrumster, NSW
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
5.0 Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent 67 reviews
Throughly enjoyed the family morning, fishing with experianced help from the team Rick and Shane, highly recommend to others Memories built to last. Thanks guys.
Glenys  G.
Glenys G. Whangarei, NTL

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Paihia

To give you an idea of how much a fishing trip in Paihia costs, the average price for a 4 hour private trip is $535, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $823. 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 Paihia is 35 ft and the most common vessel type is a Offshore sport fishing.

According to customer reviews, Big Fish Bay Of Islands, Target Charters, and May Marie Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Paihia. Full list of top fishing charters in Paihia.

Big Fish Bay Of Islands, Target Charters, and May Marie Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Paihia.

The best way to experience fishing in Paihia 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 Paihia.

The most popular fish species you can target are Yellowtail Amberjack, Snapper (Pink), and Marlin (Striped). Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, deep sea fishing, and light tackle. Inshore fishing, reef fishing, and nearshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

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. Check availability for local fishing charters in Paihia.