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4.2 / 5
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4.9 / 5
(9 reviews)
Tauranga
trips from $1,298
Excellent
4.4 / 5
(137 reviews)
Tauranga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(13 reviews)
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trips from $292
Excellent
4.6 / 5
(20 reviews)
Tauranga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
Rotorua
trips from $325
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5.0 / 5
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Rotorua
trips from $260

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

The average price for a private 8 hour Tauranga fishing trip is $958 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

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

The top 3 fishing techniques in Tauranga are:

The top 3 types of fishing in Tauranga are:

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

Some of the fishing trips offered by fishing charters in Tauranga are:
  • Extended fishing trips – $250
  • 6-hour fishing trips – $746
  • 7-hour fishing trips – $2,000
  • 9-hour fishing trips – $1,067
  • 10-hour fishing trips – $865
  • 11-hour fishing trips – $1,260
  • 12-hour fishing trips – $2,300
  • 23-hour fishing trips – $1,650
  • 24-hour fishing trips – $2,250

Tauranga, NZ is a harborside city that lives to fish. When you’re not busy basking in the local hot springs or hiking the extinct volcano Mount Maunganui, take some time to see what’s biting offshore. You won’t find the most dazzling of New Zealand’s big game fish in these waters, but you will find some of the tastiest. From Snapper, Trevally, and Kingfish to gargantuan Hapuka and Bass, the Bay of Plenty certainly lives up to its name. Tauranga fishing charters are all about making the most of this fishery, whether you love catching your own seafood or simply love eating it!

Tauranga Fishing Spots

Shallow Water Reefs

You can bring home quite a haul after a day on the Bay of Plenty’s nearshore reefs. It’s common to head toward Moiti Island, roughly 16 km (10 miles) offshore, where the relatively shallow water hosts some of the area’s most iconic species. Bottom fishing produces John Dory, Kingfish (Yellowtail Amberjack), Pink Maomao, Tarakihi, Porae, Trevally, and Pink and Golden Snappers. Trips typically last 6-9 hours and make a great introduction for kids and first time anglers who want to see what fishing in Tauranga is all about.

Mayor Island/Tuhua Island

Mayor Island (or Tuhua Island) sits roughly 35 km (21 miles) from the harbor entrance. This is where more serious fishermen come to experience Tauranga fishing at its finest. The deep water surrounding Mayor Island is home to one of the Bay of Plenty’s most cherished species: Hapuka. This member of the Grouper family is a popular food fish, which is targeted more for its taste that its game qualities. When hooked in shallow enough water, however, these brutes can put up a good fight. Hapuka easily reach up to 80 kg (over 175 lbs), but that’s nothing compared to the giant Bass in these waters, which can top 200 kg (more than 440 lbs). Full day and overnight charters to Mayor Island will give you the perfect opportunity to hook into these brutes as well as Bluenose Warehou, Snapper, Kingfish, and other bottom dwellers.

Lake Tarawera

If you’re looking to mix things up a little, consider a trip to Lake Tarawera, located a little more than an hour’s drive away from downtown Tauranga. Here you can catch Rainbow Trout and spend a delightful day on the water. For light tackle and fly fishermen, this lake offers the perfect complement to all that bottom fishing happening off the coast. Some guides will even include a stop at the local hot springs. Depending on the trip and the guide you hire, you may be required to purchase a fishing license.

Need to Know

Regulations

Recreational anglers do not need a license for saltwater fishing. A NZ fishing license is required for many lakes and rivers, but some guides offer trips that do not require customers to buy a license. Always check with your guide ahead of time if you have questions concerning local regulations.

Budget

Many Tauranga fishing charters run out of the Tauranga Bridge Marina. It’s worth noting that charter rates don’t usually include tackle. You can bring your own gear or rent from the boat (20-30 NZD per rod). Hapuka gear usually costs more than regular bottom fishing gear. Some boats also charge extra for bait (10-20 NZD).

Reef fishing trips range from 1100-1700 NZD, depending on the length of the trip and the quality of the boat. You can expect to pay 80-100 NZD per person for a shared charter.

Trips to Mayor Island last 11-12 hours and can range from 1400-1700 NZD in price, or 120-150 per person for a shared trip.

Overnight Hapuka fishing charters start at 1600 NZD and work their way up to 2000 NZD. A shared trip costs 200 NZD per person and upwards.

Tauranga Fishing Techniques

Hapuka, Bass, Bluenose Warehou, Tarakihi, and many other fish are caught while bottom fishing in water anywhere from 80-250 meters deep. This can be done with handheld rods as well as electric reels, depending on how deep the water is and the size of the fish you’re targeting.

Jigging produces fish like John Dory, Trevally, and Snapper. Kahawai make for great light tackle action and will take a wide variety of baits and lures.

Getting There

Getting to Tauranga is relatively easy, whether you’re traveling by car, bus, plane, or cruise ship.

Air New Zealand offers daily flights to Tauranga, with direct connections from Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. As the largest cruise port in New Zealand, Tauranga is also frequently visited by cruise ships passing through the country.

If you’re up for a road trip, this city is an easy drive from any location on the North Island. Tauranga is a 6-hour drive from Wellington and a 3-hour drive from Auckland.

Alternatively, you can catch one of the region’s regular buses connecting Tauranga, Auckland, Rotorua, Taupo, and other destinations. Tauranga’s main bus station is located just outside of the i-SITE Visitor Centre and Tauranga City Council headquarters.

No matter how you make your way here, rest assured there’s no shortage of game fish waiting for you in the Bay of Plenty!

Tauranga
Very good
4.0 / 5
Based on 25519 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

Summer is at its height at the start of the year, with average temperatures ranging from 16-24°C. Fishing for Snapper, Pink Maomao, Kahawai, and Kingfish is excellent.

February

The peak season for Pink Snapper continues, and anglers can still expect good action from other bottom fish, too. Craving light tackle action? Try for Kahawai on the reefs or Rainbow Trout in the lake.

March

As temperatures start to cool, Hapuka, Tarakihi, and Bluenose Warehou are biting more. Pink Snapper season is still going full force in the Bay of Plenty. 

April

Kingfish are at their peak again, as Bluenose, Tarahiki, and Hapuka grow bolder by the day.

May

Average temperatures are dropping to 10-17°C, but the fishing offshore is hot! Tauranga’s most popular fish are biting as much as ever, from Kingfish and Snapper to Hapuka.

June

Hapuka and Tarakihi reach their peak in June, which makes this an excellent time for an overnight excursion to Mayor Island. On the reefs you can expect to catch Kingfish, Pink Maomao, and more.

July

Temperatures reach their lowest in July, hovering between 7-14°C. Hapuka, Tarakihi, and Bluenose are all at their peak. Weather permitting, it’s a great time for bottom fishing!

August

Winter fishing continues in Tauranga, with the bulk of the catch including Hapuka, Bluenose, and Tarakihi.

September

It’s all about Hapuka in September. Head offshore for a productive day of bottom fishing and then take a dip in the hot springs to warm up!

October

Kingfish and Snapper are at their peak again, as average temperatures start creeping back toward 20°C. Hapuka fishing is still good, though the peak season has passed.

November

Summer is just around the corner! You can expect lots of action on the reefs in November, as Snapper, Kingfish, and other species start biting more. 

December

Summer is well underway come December, and so is the peak season for Pink Snapper and Kahawai. Head to the reefs for a day and beat the heat! 

Tauranga Fishing Calendar

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Yes I would the boat was excellent the skipper Michelle was ist class,very polite, helpful,and tried her best to put us on the fish moved 6 times,but we got a feed,that's just fishing,we loved it.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes I would the boat was excellent the skipper Michelle was ist class,very polite, helpful,and tried her best to put us on the fish moved 6 times,but we got a feed,that's just fishing,we loved it.
James  S.
James S. Christchurch, Canterbury
Book with a reputable and experienced charter and try to find a spot on the boat at the rear.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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
I would recommend you go with Tauranga marine charters as the capt. is very active at chasing the fish.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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
Have the correct weights and line no flashers and cushion for your comfort
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Have the correct weights and line no flashers and cushion for your comfort
Angela  G.
Angela G. Tauranga, BOP
THE HARBOUR IS QUITE DEEP SO YOU WILL NEED HEAVY SINKERS IF YOU ARE USING YOUR OWN TACKLE.
Very good
3.7 / 5
THE HARBOUR IS QUITE DEEP SO YOU WILL NEED HEAVY SINKERS IF YOU ARE USING YOUR OWN TACKLE.
Shane  M.
Shane M. Auckland, AUK
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
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
food and drink . sunscreen and warm jacket. fish by the toilet. and go get sum tuatuas for bait.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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
Know that it is winter on a boat with a few people on board with various experience so if sport fishings you thing then probably not the trip for you but they do offer this option on different bookings. you will catch fish with this boat and captain
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Know that it is winter on a boat with a few people on board with various experience so if sport fishings you thing then probably not the trip for you but they do offer this option on different bookings. you will catch fish with this boat and captain
Kile  G.
Kile G. Tokoroa, WKO
Wear warm layers so you can remove and add if needed. Rain coat, beanie, gumboots.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Wear warm layers so you can remove and add if needed. Rain coat, beanie, gumboots.
Renie  H.
Renie H. Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty
Take a day on Te Kuia or Manutere(?) as an introduction. If you like it then go wider for an overnight around Mayor Island if thats your preference. Fish can be caught anywhere.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a day on Te Kuia or Manutere(?) as an introduction. If you like it then go wider for an overnight around Mayor Island if thats your preference. Fish can be caught anywhere.
Harry  W.
Harry W. Wellington, Wellington
It may pay to advise clients with childrenchildren that in the lead up to Christmas there may be more 'Drinkers' than Fishermen on board. OK for adults but not so good for the 10-16 year olds. Brett is a great Skipper and the boat well maintained and equipped were it not for the 'over imbibers' the trip would have been fantastic and we will certainly book again - just not in December!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
It may pay to advise clients with childrenchildren that in the lead up to Christmas there may be more 'Drinkers' than Fishermen on board. OK for adults but not so good for the 10-16 year olds. Brett is a great Skipper and the boat well maintained and equipped were it not for the 'over imbibers' the trip would have been fantastic and we will certainly book again - just not in December!
Timothy And Flynn Daniell
Timothy And Flynn Daniell Auckland, Auckland
Bring lots of food dress very warm and something to bring your catch back with
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring lots of food dress very warm and something to bring your catch back with
Karen  P.
Karen P. Rotorua, Bay Of Plenty
If you don't mind a little bit of choppy (not bad) and random rain from time to time it is great - not too hot and not too cold
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If you don't mind a little bit of choppy (not bad) and random rain from time to time it is great - not too hot and not too cold
Lesley  H.
Lesley H. Auckland, Auckland

Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(137 reviews)
Love the day out captain was very good moved around to get everyone a shoot at getting fish would go again
Shayne  S.
Shayne S. Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
It was a perfect day with manutere. Skipper knows where to go. Definitely will go out with them again.
Rob  A.
Rob A. Auckland, Auckland
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Was a great day out and a wonderful experience. Will definitely do it again.
Tennille  L.
Tennille L. Christchurch, Canterbury
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Excellent all round both captain and deckie were so helpful and knowledgeable. Good time all round
Tony  O.
Tony O. Wellington, Wellington
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Very good
4.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Captain Brett, tried his best to get us on the fish throughout the day, beautiful weather, the fish just didn't want to play with us. Would recommend to others, good experience 👍
Angeline  H.
Angeline H. Auckland, Auckland
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(137 reviews)
Fishing slow at the beginning but got in top of the fish later and all came home with a good feed
Craig  D.
Craig D. Auckland, Auckland
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Very good
3.3 / 5
(137 reviews)
I hope one day u have a spinning rod and reel set up and that would be good if we caught different type of fish🤗
Orville  T.
Orville T. Wellington, Wellington
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Myself and partner had a day on boat rods and bait included. Good value for money, great staff Ben and Paul were awesome bit of banter and serious tips on how to do things. Ben attended to all customers needs when lines were tangled or had fish on. Ben was there to help us catch fish and when there were no bites we moved spots. Was great. Paul has a lifetime of knowledge and stories. Will definitely go again.
Adrienne  U.
Adrienne U. Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Very good
4.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Ben was a great Skip. Kept us on the fish, offered great tips and knowledge and helped us all out with our tangles and kept us rigged up. Nice to have a boat prepared to chase the fish and move as needed. We caught an awesome haul of fish...the travel time was worth it. Thanks Ben and Paul!
John  R.
John R. Hamilton, WKO
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(137 reviews)
Great day, Brett is very active as capt. and is constantly on the hunt looking for the fish. I was impressed that he would put us on a spot, a couple of fish would come on board and then it would dry up soon after, within a few minutes (literally) Brett would be aware obviously by checking the fish finder - and we would be moving onto a better spot. We all pulled in a good amount of take home bounty.
Scott  S.
Scott S. Auckland, Auckland
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Great day out and even got our fish processed on the way back for a small donation .great work .cheers Brett n Paul
Steve  H.
Steve H. Wellington, Wellington
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(137 reviews)
a most enjoyable day, Brett tried very hard to get everyone on the boat into the fish... everyone caught and enjoyed there selves... would highly recommend it
Gary  F.
Gary F. Auckland, AUK
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Its great deep sea fishing, guys usually get up to 20 sizeable fishes to take home. One mister caught octopuss, one baracuda, and one got a king fish. Other than that, snapper and tarahiki are very common. Captain is very helpful and he cares for us fishers to get the most out of trip.
Miha  G.
Miha G. New Zealand
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Skipper was awesome and tried a number of different spots for us , everyone caught something. Deckhand Des was a true asset to have on board he fillet our fish and mingled with the group giving hints and tips about his fishing techniques. Wonderful day
Baye  J.
Baye J. Auckland, Auckland
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Had a great day fishing Brett the Captain put us on the fish all day wonderful day recommend it to anyone
Bruce  T.
Bruce T. Murupara, Bay Of Plenty
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Very good
4.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
My daughter and I were the only females on the trip, We felt very comfortable with skipper, deck hand and other anglers on the boat. We were well looked after by all, it was so nice for others to offer some of their fish. Thankyou Brett
Jenny  L.
Jenny L. Matamata, Waikato
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(137 reviews)
Fishing hard but captain worked harder! A And everyone went home with a good supply of fish
Bob  H.
Bob H. Auckland, AUK
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Hard fishing but capt Brett kept looking until he found terakihi. He had a near-boat load of first time fishers but did an excellent job.
Craig  R.
Craig R. Auckland, AUK
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Was a brilliant day caught lots of fish and crew were exceptional helpful would definitely go again and recommend to friends angela and John
Angela  G.
Angela G. Tauranga, BOP
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Tauranga Marine Charters - Manutere
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(137 reviews)
Our captain for the day Ben did an excellent job. We did 3 drops with the first two fishing reasonably well. The 3rd drop ensured that all clients on the charter caught their limit for the day. So a huge thank you goes out to Ben and his crewman, Bob who also was very helpful
Eru  B.
Eru B. Tauranga, Bay Of Plenty