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Northland: 11 fishing charters available
Excellent
4.9 / 5
(89 reviews)
Paihia
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trips from $354
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(34 reviews)
Paihia
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trips from $745
Excellent
4.6 / 5
(23 reviews)
Paihia
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trips from $194
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(9 reviews)
One Tree Point
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trips from $864
Excellent
4.8 / 5
(72 reviews)
Paihia
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Baylys Beach
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(44 reviews)
Paihia
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trips from $107
One Tree Point
trips from $2,085
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(47 reviews)
Russell
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
(5 reviews)
Paihia
trips from $110

Frequently Asked Questions about Fishing Charters in Northland

According to customer reviews, Big Fish Bay Of Islands, Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ, and Get Reel Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Northland. Full list of top fishing charters in Northland.

The average price for a private 4 hour Northland fishing trip is $711, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $839 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

Big Fish Bay Of Islands, Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ, and Get Reel Charters all received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Northland.

The most popular fish species you can target are Pink Snapper, Yellowtail Amberjack, and John Dory. Top fishing techniques include Bottom Fishing, Heavy Tackle, and Light Tackle. Inshore fishing, nearshore fishing, and offshore fishing are commonly offered by local guides.

New Zealand – the land of awe-inspiring beauty, Haka dance, and incredible angling opportunities. With hundreds of miles of streams, rivers, and lakes which offer some of the best big game fishing on the planet, a Northland fishing experience should be at the top of every passionate angler’s bucket list! 
 

What to Expect

 
With so many different bodies of water to discover and explore, you can spend a lifetime fishing the northernmost part of New Zealand. Your fishing path will depend on your angling ambitions, and if you’re not sure where to start, there are plenty Northland fishing charters that can help you find your way.
 

Freshwater Fishing

 
If you’re not sure what all the fuss is about concerning New Zealand’s striking nature and views, all you have to do is book a freshwater fishing expedition. Between the striking scenery and premier fishing, what’s not to love?
 
Trout fishing is all the rage here, and for all the right reasons. Lakes are diligently re-stocked every year, which allows Rainbow and Brown Trout to thrive and grow, so you can easily land a 10-pounder on a good day.
 
Lake Manuwai and Kai Iwi Lakes are some of the most productive spots for Rainbow Trout, especially because the fishery is active year-round. These lakes are also a fun family destination, so your kids can still have a great time while you enjoy excellent fishing.
 
If you’re a fly fishing aficionado, then Wilson’s Dam, Whau Valley Dam, and the Wairoa River are the places to be. Resident Rainbow Trout can’t resist wet flies, but river fishing is recommended for seasoned fly fishermen.
 

Saltwater Fishing

 
It’s no secret that New Zealand is one of the most prominent fisheries in the world, and that trophy chasers come here to face off against the monsters of the deep. A wide array of species is only countered by the sheer quantity of beautiful and hard-fighting fish.
 
The east coast of Northland is a Striped Marlin paradise, and one of the best available spots to target these billed predators. Not to much surprise, most of the world-record-sized catches have been landed right here.
 
Whangaroa Harbour and the Bay of Islands are the Marlin El Dorado, where you can land some real Striped, Black, and Blue monsters. The best time to head out is in the summer months (December–April). The Three Kings Islands are the Striped Marlin hub from March–June.
 
While Marlin are the most coveted fish here, Yellowfin Tuna, Giant Trevally, Yellowtail Amberjack (Kingfish), Pink Snapper, and Swordfish are a close second. All these fish are offshore favourites and going after each of them is a different challenge in itself.
 
While Tuna fishing is best from January–July, the best time to go after Yellowtail is anytime between March and July. Sharks like Blue, Mako, Thresher, and Bronze Whaler are also game, especially in the Bay of Islands from December–April. This is also the place to chase massive Broadbill Swordfish that can weigh 500 pounds and more.
 
Spirits Bay is excellent for targeting anything from Kahawai and Giant Trevally to Snapper and Grouper (Hapuku). All you have to do is choose your prey, and there will be a fishing guide to take you to the next-level fishing action.
 

What to Bring

 
If you’re looking to experience the full potential of Northland fishing, hitting the water with a guide is a foolproof choice.
 
That way, you can relax and bring only drinks, snacks, food, sunscreen, and appropriate clothing and the skipper will take care of everything else. Bear in mind that sometimes you should buy your fishing licence and sometimes the charter will take care of it for you. Discuss this with the crew before you come aboard.
 
After that, you’re but one cast away from your New Zealand fishing adventure!
 
Northland
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Based on 27740 reviews by FishingBooker anglers

January

The beginning of the year is the time to visit Northland and all its most abundant fisheries. The Marlin action is superb, Pink Snapper are biting left and right, and Tuna fishing is getting into gear.

February

In February, you’ll have a hard time choosing what to target, seeing that so many monster fish are active. Striped Marlin are all the craze right now, as are Yellowfin Tuna and Pink Snapper. All you have to do is pick.

March
Summer is still in full swing, and fishing is nothing short of extraordinary. Giants of the deep like Tuna, Marlin, Swordfish, and Giant Trevally are all in the cards, as well as Tarakihi, Hapuka, and Pink Snapper closer to shore.
April

This is one of the best months to go after Swordfish in the Bay of Islands, and Yellowfin Tuna is also prowling the waters for their next meal. Marlin action is still top-notch, especially around the Three Kings Islands.

May
As autumn rolls in, your prey will move to deeper, warmer waters, and that’s where you should be to catch something worth your while. The Swordfish bite is still on, while Marlin are taking a break.
June

Kingfish are the most popular catch in June, and they come in impressive sizes. Giant Trevally is a close second, along with Pink Snapper and Hapuka.

July

During the winter, the best thing you can do is to stay closer to land and explore the inshore bite. Tarakihi is great fun to catch on light tackle,. Swordfish in the deep blue is still there for the taking.

August

Head out to chase anything from Yellowtail and Giant Trevally to Pink Snapper, Tarakihi, and Hapuka. Test out different techniques and see what works best to attract the fish to your line.

September
Winter action offers a different flavour of Northland fishing and a breather from the intense offshore action. Stay in the calmer waters and focus on Hapuka, Yellowtail, and Tarakihi.
October

Spring is just around the corner, which means that many species are voracious and ready to gobble down just about anything. This means great Yellowtail, Snapper, Tarakihi, and Hapuka fishing.

November

You can almost feel both inshore and offshore waters coming back to life and that means only one thing – incredible fishing. Marlin are slowly coming back, and giant Pink Snapper and Yellowtail are there for the taking.

December

Giant Trevally are entering the scene and if you wanted to catch a brag-worthy specimen, this is the time to start looking. Striped, Black, and Blue Marlin are waking up, and Pink Snapper and Yellowtail are hanging around too.

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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.
Sue  B.
Sue B. 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
Jake  B.
Jake B. 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.
Wayne  B.
Wayne B. 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!!!
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.
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
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
Matthew  R.
Matthew R. 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.
Darryl  T.
Darryl T. 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.
Damien  P.  K.
Damien P. K. Melbourne, Victoria

May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Awesome trip, skipper Jason totally dedicated to give us a full fishing experience. Always felt safe and had a great experience. Will definitely go again 😊
Chrissy  F.
Chrissy F. Whangarei, Northland
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Great day out on the water with Derek, fish weren’t playing ball for a start but he got us on to some good spots and got us a few great snapper! Looking forward to getting up here again for a few Kingys next time! 10/10 recommended
Jeremy  F.
Jeremy F. Auckland, Auckland
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Great day out in paradise, sun shining & fishing biting, we'll be back guys!!
Darryl  S.
Darryl S. Auckland, Auckland
Target Charters
Target Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(44 reviews)
Great experience with Ross and his deck hand Luke. They were very knowledgeable and happy to assist newbies. Great day out for the whole family, highly recommended.
Glen  B.
Glen B. Auckland, Auckland
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
The best Dad with Derek, can't recommend enough. Caught my first 20pound plus snapper
Ian  T.
Ian T. New Zealand
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(72 reviews)
We had a great experience on the May Marie charter. It was a pleasure to be hosted by Jason and his deck hand helper they both accommodated our group with all our needs taking us out to a spot to catch an abundance of snappers weather wasn’t the greatest but the experience of reeling in big fish was a highlight. Heading back into shore our fish we’re getting filleted cleaned bagged ready for us to take home. We will definitely be back in the warmer weather.
Rukileigh  B.
Rukileigh B. New Zealand
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Perfect day, plenty of snapper. Captain and deck hand were perfect as 2 of us were first-timers, very helpful. 100% recommend to anyone!
Bradley  P.
Bradley P. Auckland, Auckland
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Capt Jason and crew Trent were outstanding. They know where the fish are! And know how to catch em!
Rhys  L.
Rhys L. West Deptford, NJ
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Thanks to the capt and his crew for a enjoyable day on the sea, fishing. The company can be proud of you, very professional. I will promote the company and will be back
Aj  H.
Aj H. Auckland, Auckland
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Fun morning out fishing with an experienced skipper and deck hand, everyone caught at least a few decent Snapper, enough for a decent feed! Would highly recommend this charter.
Rachel  B.
Rachel B. Auckland, Auckland
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Very good
4.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Great half day trip. Chose great spots for fishing and good support and advice. Good rods, reels and tackle. Thank you. Great value for the price.
Ben  U.
Ben U. Wellington, Wellington
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
My days fishing with Derick from big fish bay of islands blew my mind and expectations. l am 50 yrs old and fished my whole life to have my personal best fish caught in one day. Legend of a guy and a great boat to fish from. I look forward to doing it all over again.
John  M.
John M. Newcastle, NSW
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Big Fish Bay Of Islands
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(89 reviews)
Highly recommend this trip and Big Fish, fantastic day and awesome Captain.
Doug  S.
Doug S.
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(72 reviews)
We had a fantastic day in the Bay of Islands fishing for snapper and was amazed by the variety of fish caught. The boat was clean and on time, with a great crew who looked after us the whole time. 👍
Phillip  M.
Phillip M. Whangarei, Northland
Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ
Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
We had such an awesome day with Darryn fishing. He made everything easy the boats awesome he’s a hell of a nice guy I could not recommend this more. He’s definitely not an egg!
Dave  R.
Dave R. Cummington, MA
Get Reel Charters
Get Reel Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(23 reviews)
Paul was a great bloke, helpful in every way. He taught us a lot about fishing and we caught heaps of snapper and one Kingy. Thanks heaps Paul
Prudence  M.
Prudence M. Auckland, Auckland
Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ
Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Thank you Captain Darren for a fantastic day. Thanks again highly appreciated your knowledge and experience. 10/10. Cheers Jeremy
Jeremy  S.
Jeremy S. Gold Coast, Queensland
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Very good
4.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
I fish only with this crew when in the Bay of Islands - they are prepared to travel out past the Nine Pin to find fish, rather than a short run to the centre foul. Cheers Rex
Rex  S.
Rex S. Northampton, MA
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(72 reviews)
Enjoyed a great couple of days fishing the Bay of Islands with Jason & Trent onboard May Marie. Very personable, knowledgeable and professional crew on a well-run and maintained boat. The interaction was worth the day out alone. Thanks for a fabulous time and plenty of action on both the Snapper and Kings. It all comes together to make this charter is highly recommended.
Wayne  P.
Wayne P. Whangarei, NTL
Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ
Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(35 reviews)
Fished for Kingfish. Captain Darren delivered big time. NON stop action. Kept fishing untill our arms gave way. The skipper s a great bloke and CAN fish. Highly recommend.
Dylan  S.
Dylan S. Warragul, VIC