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Fish Taupo

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(173 reviews)
Taupo
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trips from $170

White Striker Charters Troutcatcher

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(87 reviews)
Taupo
trips from $312

Big Fish Bay Of Islands

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(66 reviews)
Paihia
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Rotorua And Taupo Fly Fishing

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Rotorua
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trips from $221

Rotorua Trout Guide

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(6 reviews)
Rotorua
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trips from $284

Get Reel Charters

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(20 reviews)
Paihia
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True Blue Ocean Adventures

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(22 reviews)
Whakatane
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Westcoast Charters - Felix

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(16 reviews)
Porirua
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trips from $378

Grand Cru Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(4 reviews)
Opua
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trips from $2,079

Sunday Charters LTD

Whangaparaoa
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trips from $1,575

FAQs about Fishing Charters in North Island

The average price for a private 4 hour North Island fishing trip is $346, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $884 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

According to customer reviews, Fish Taupo, White Striker Charters Troutcatcher, and Big Fish Bay Of Islands are some of the most popular fishing charters in North Island. Full list of top fishing charters in North Island.

Fish Taupo, White Striker Charters Troutcatcher, and Big Fish Bay Of Islands all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in North Island.

The most popular fish species you can target are Pink Snapper, Yellowtail Amberjack, and John Dory. Top fishing techniques include light tackle, bottom fishing, and jigging. Inshore fishing, offshore fishing, and reef fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

Even though it’s the smaller of the two islands, fishing on the North Island of New Zealand is anything but limited. With its diverse fishing potential, the island has something for just about every level of angling expertise.
 
Looking for an incredible fly fishing expedition? This is the place. Want to catch the biggest Striped Marlin of your fishing career? You’ve found your playground.
 

Types of Fishing

Freshwater Fishing

To say that the North Island is the hub of freshwater fishing, and especially fly fishing, is an understatement. With so many rivers, streams, and creeks perfect to cast your line, what’s not to love?
 
Rainbow and Brown Trout steal the show here, both because they’re plentiful and because they can weigh anywhere from four to 10 or more pounds. You get to explore gorgeous stretches of nature with crystal-clear waters that hide massive Trout waiting to gulp down your bait.
 
Because freshwater fishing is so popular, there are many fishing guides that specialise in taking people to the best Trout of their lives. While half day and full day adventures are excellent to get a taster of the local bite, there are multi-day expeditions for passionate anglers wanting to experience the full potential that freshwater fishing has to offer.
 
Rotorua, Tongariro River, and Lake Taupo are epicenters of North Island fishing, and if you’re after record-breaking Rainbow Trout, any of these spots will do nicely.
 

Saltwater Fishing

Now we’re in the “big boy” territory. The North Island is famous for its outstanding saltwater fishing and thousands of miles of productive waters. This a bucket-list-worthy fishery for every angler on the prowl for trophy Marlin (Stripeys are all the craze, but Black and Blue are just as popular), Pink Snapper, Yellowfin Tuna, and Yellowtail (called Kingfish in New Zealand). The Tarakihi, Hapuku, and Trevally bite is excellent as well.
 
With year-round fishing and skilled charter captains to lead the way, there’s no limit to what you can catch here. The Bay of Plenty and Bay of Islands are the most prominent fishing destinations on the island, with Hauraki Gulf and Waikato following close behind. If you’d like to explore remote bluewater, then head to the Three Kings Islands.
 
The best time to go fishing is usually from October–April, though some migratory fish like Tuna and Marlin come and go on their own schedule. Local fishing captains will know exactly when and where to take you so that you can land the catch of your life. 
 
The fishing North Island, New Zealand boasts is a source of spectacular angling opportunities that will handsomely reward your fishing skills. So the only question here is – what are you waiting for?
 
North Island
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 24785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

It’s summer in New Zealand, which can mean only one thing – big game fishing is reaching its peak. On the freshwater front, Rainbows and Browns are biting left and right.

February

Go fishing for Striped, Blue, and Black Marlin, Pink Snapper, Giant Trevally, and Yellowfin Tuna – they’re all out there in February. Yellowtail fishing is excellent, and Swordfish are active further offshore.

March

In March, the loudest sound you’ll hear on the water is the screaming of the reels. Marlin and Tuna fishing are in full swing, and you’re likely to catch just about anything you drop a line for now.

April

Pink Snapper and Yellowtail are the most popular catches closer to shore, while the bluewater is the playground of Yellowfin Tuna, Marlin, and hard-fighting Swordfish.

May

As autumn takes over, Marlin and Tuna are leaving the waters around the North Island, but you can still hook them on their way out. This is a great time to focus your fishing efforts on giant Swordfish, Pink Snapper, Yellowtail, and more.

June

Chasing majestic Swordfish is the way to go in June. If Billfish aren’t your cuppa tea, Hapuka, Tarakihi, Giant Trevally, and Yellowtail are very active and ready to bite.

July

Swordfish are the only representative of the Billfish family in July, but going after these bad boys will be a test of strength and skill. The Tarakihi and Hapuka bite is superb right now, and Yellowtail aren’t far behind.

August

Winter is here, so the weather can be unpredictable. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy good Yellowtail and Hapuka fishing, or chase Tarakihi in the nearshore waters.

September

As you’re waiting for the spring to come, spend several hours on a boat and come home with delicious Hapuka on ice. With each passing day, the fishing action is getting better for both freshwater and saltwater fishermen.

October

Rainbow and Brown Trout are the center of attention in the North Island’s rivers and lakes, and on the offshore stage, Pink Snapper, Hapuka, and Yellowtail are the most prized catch in October.

November

As water temperatures are rising, you can almost smell the anglers’ excitement in the air. Pink Snapper fishing is superb right now, and chasing Yellowtail is very productive as well.

December

Head out to your favourite freshwater fishing spot to get your fill of the premier Trout action. Alternatively, set your sights on Giant Trevally, Yellowtail, and Pink Snapper offshore.

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Go with a well known charter operator so that you learn tricks and techniques for trout fishing in the lake.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Go with a well known charter operator so that you learn tricks and techniques for trout fishing in the lake.
Marilyn  W.
Marilyn W. Bethel, VT
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
Jake  B.
Jake B. Whangarei, Northland
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
The fishing is unbelievably good here. We caught Snapper and Kingfish on a six hour trip which for us on our first time fishing here was spot on. Next trip though we will go for the big game fishing charters targeting Marlin and Tuna.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
The fishing is unbelievably good here. We caught Snapper and Kingfish on a six hour trip which for us on our first time fishing here was spot on. Next trip though we will go for the big game fishing charters targeting Marlin and Tuna.
Kynan  M.
Kynan M. New Zealand
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
Take a warm fleece and maybe a sandwich to eat But apart from that Captain Nick did it all for us
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Take a warm fleece and maybe a sandwich to eat But apart from that Captain Nick did it all for us
Craig  A.
Craig A. Hamilton, WKO
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.
Wayne  B.
Wayne B. 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
Make sure you have appropriate clothing and for ladies , gloves as it could be cold and windy
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Make sure you have appropriate clothing and for ladies , gloves as it could be cold and windy
Ken  B.
Ken B. Auckland, AUK
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
a lot depends on the operater, is it dollars or satisfaction of the charter.
Excellent
5.0 / 5
a lot depends on the operater, is it dollars or satisfaction of the charter.
John  P.
John P. Sydney, NSW
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!!!
Louise  G.
Louise G. Little Hampton, SA
Having fished the wilds of Montana this was pretty tame by comparison and we had never trolled for trout before. But Marty was very professional, his boat and equipment were perfect and we caught several small to medium size trout. Thanks Marty!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Having fished the wilds of Montana this was pretty tame by comparison and we had never trolled for trout before. But Marty was very professional, his boat and equipment were perfect and we caught several small to medium size trout. Thanks Marty!
Gail  M.
Gail M. Ramona, CA
Yes! Nick is great and gets everything ready for you fishing and makes it an easy day!
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Yes! Nick is great and gets everything ready for you fishing and makes it an easy day!
Aaron  F.
Aaron F. Auckland, AUK
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
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.
Gary  B.
Gary B. 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
Jeremy  R.
Jeremy R. Tauranga, BOP
If fishing in winter, June/ July would probably be better than august in terms of weather
Excellent
5.0 / 5
If fishing in winter, June/ July would probably be better than august in terms of weather
Cath  M.
Cath M. New Zealand
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

Fish N Trips Charters
Fish N Trips Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(3 reviews)
We had a primo time with Pete out on the water today! He took care of us and made sure we were well equipped to get the most of the winter waters! Had the joy of spending it alone and getting some neat views of the islands on a crisp calm sea! Managed to nab some good bites, yarns and dinner 😝 Thanks again pete we will definitely be back again!
Ebonie  H.
Ebonie H. Cohasset, MA
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(173 reviews)
4 of us were trolling for rainbows.We had to be patient but all the while Marty was a great host with good chats and positive outlook . We landed our first fish toward the end of the charter but Marty keep going enabling us to all land/play a fish which was hugely appreciated. We really enjoyed our Fish Taupo experience.Thanks Marty
Alan  M.
Alan M. Auckland, Auckland
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(173 reviews)
Great trip. Kids thoroughly enjoyed catching their first fish. Friendly and helpful crew. Fun time had by all
Steve  R.
Steve R. Auckland, Auckland
Rotorua And Taupo Fly Fishing
Rotorua And Taupo Fly Fishing
Fishing charter in Rotorua
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
Ray was a fantastic guide. He help with improving our casting which helped putting the fly right where it needed to be. He gave us a few other tips to help improve our fishing and importantly our catching. We would recommend any would be fly fisher to take a trip with Ray. A big thumbs up from us.
Wayne  B.
Wayne B. Auckland, Auckland
Deepstar Charters
Deepstar Charters
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(55 reviews)
Great captain and amazing deck hand, we can wait to book Garth and his team again. Thanks again Garth and Andy.
Joseph  W.
Joseph W. Cohasset, MA
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(173 reviews)
Marty was the perfect Captain and host. Professional but approachable with a great sense of humour and we took home 4 beautiful rainbow trout.
Neil  S.
Neil S. Portland, ME
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
Fishing charter in Russell
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(115 reviews)
Had a fun time with my grandson out on an afternoon 1/2 day. Jen the skipper was awesome and super helpful. Weather wasn’t that great and we didn’t take any fish home but caught many undersize and that was fun for our first time fishing together. Thanks - Clark and Carter 🙂
Clark  L.
Clark L. Auckland, Auckland
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(87 reviews)
Our trip with Richard the owner of the boat was very enjoyable we caught 4 trout
Paul  N.
Paul N. Auckland, Auckland
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
Fishing charter in Russell
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(115 reviews)
The original trip on Friday the 3rd was canceled due to poor weather advised Sunday looked favourable We were looking for Kingfish we had few bites and were unsuccessful but Jenny did her best and we tried at least 5 locations
Michael  S.
Michael S. New Zealand
Deepstar Charters
Deepstar Charters
Fishing charter in Tauranga
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(55 reviews)
Good day out with family. Not too long not too short. Captain put us on the fish as much as he could. Choice day.
Roy  K.
Roy K. Auckland, Auckland
Rotorua And Taupo Fly Fishing
Rotorua And Taupo Fly Fishing
Fishing charter in Rotorua
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(11 reviews)
We were absolute novices. Ray was kind and patient. With his subtle guidance we got 2 in the net and had a fabulous day. Would highly recommend this trip.
Mandy  M.
Mandy M. Auckland, Auckland
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(173 reviews)
Had a nice half fishing day with Captain Marty. Definitely will back and recommend to everyone.
Lois  L.
Lois L. Christchurch, Canterbury
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(173 reviews)
Just a brilliant morning out on the water. Caught plenty of fish, Marty is an easy and knowledgeable skipper, best part of our week in Taupo. Thanks Marty, see you again!
Paul  S.
Paul S. Wellington, Wellington
Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters
Taupo Boating & Fishing Charters
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(24 reviews)
We had an amazing day, caught some pure taupo Trout, where captain Dan made us sashimi and had our lunch on the boat. We also competing in skeet shooting where i won! What a great day. Thanks Captain Dan & Taylor! 100% recommended.
Taqiyuddin  A.
Taqiyuddin A. Johnetta, KY
Get Reel Charters
Get Reel Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(20 reviews)
Excellent day out. Paul really knows the best spots and we caught great fish
James  R.
James R. Brimfield, MA
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(87 reviews)
Great time had with grandsons. Richard was very patient with the boys while on the boat.
Rae  M.
Rae M. Napier City, Hawke's Bay
Fish Taupo
Fish Taupo
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(173 reviews)
Captain Marty is an amazing person. He is kind and funny. And knows all about fishing. Very professional. Highly recommend him. Thumbs up for him.
Connie  Z.
Connie Z. Auckland, Auckland
Taupo Lake Adventures Ltd
Taupo Lake Adventures Ltd
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(60 reviews)
Went out on windy and slow fishing day. Captain worked hard to ensure we at least caught two fish which were gutted and given to us in a bag
Stephen  R.
Stephen R. Auckland, Auckland
Taupo Lake Adventures Ltd
Taupo Lake Adventures Ltd
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(60 reviews)
We caught quite a few beautiful rainbow traut under nice weather. Capital Nick is very experienced and lovely guy. Will come back!
Marina  G.
Marina G. Hamilton, Waikato
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
White Striker Charters Troutcatcher
Fishing charter in Taupo
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(87 reviews)
It was an amazing trip, captain Richard was so nice and friendly also very experienced.
Melodie  P.
Melodie P. Auckland, Auckland