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Northland: 13 fishing charters available

Big Fish Bay Of Islands

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(69 reviews)
Paihia
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Get Reel Charters

Excellent
4.6 / 5
(20 reviews)
Paihia
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Fish N Trips Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Paihia

Audacious Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(7 reviews)
One Tree Point
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trips from $849

SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere

Excellent
4.5 / 5
(116 reviews)
Russell
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Grand Cru Fishing Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(4 reviews)
Opua
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trips from $2,076

Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(26 reviews)
Paihia
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trips from $755

Target Charters

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(39 reviews)
Paihia
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May Marie Charters

Excellent
4.8 / 5
(8 reviews)
Paihia

Andy Mcgaughey Sportsfishing

Paihia
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trips from $116

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Northland

The average price for a private 4 hour Northland fishing trip is $579, while an 8 hour private trip will cost you $614 based on prices on FishingBooker.com.

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

Big Fish Bay Of Islands, Get Reel Charters, and Fish N Trips 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 Striped Marlin. Top fishing techniques include bottom fishing, light tackle, and heavy tackle. Inshore fishing, offshore fishing, and reef 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 24785 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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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
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
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
Target you fish species. Book charters that is equal to your fishing experience and expectations.
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Target you fish species. Book charters that is equal to your fishing experience and expectations.
Harry  H.
Harry H. Dargaville, Northland Region

SpotX Fishing Charters - Screaming Reels
SpotX Fishing Charters - Screaming Reels
Fishing charter in Russell
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(19 reviews)
The tide was very slow, and the fishing was really hard. But the skipper, Jenn, tried all she could to find us live bait, and snapper. I could only one snapper but this often happens at winter fishing. All and all, I had a great time. So thank you Jenn, for a wonderful fishing trip. When I can back, I definitely want to book Spot X again!!
Kazuya  K.
Kazuya K. Whangarei, Northland
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
Fishing charter in Russell
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
Exactly the same as the description I gave in my last review. Thanks, Jann!!
Kazuya  K.
Kazuya K. Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
Fish N Trips Charters
Fish N Trips Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
This was my daughters first time fishing on a boat (she only turn six last week). They were so good with her and in the end she caught more fish than any of us. I couldn’t recommend these guys more, a fantastic day fishing with experienced and obviously very knowledgeable husband and wife crew. Thank you 🙏🙏🙏🙏
Julian  H.
Julian H. Auckland, Auckland
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
The occasion was to celebrate a 60th birthday and the birthday boy didn’t only have a fabulous time but he caught the biggest fish. Loved the day and can’t wait to do another trip.
Pops  A.
Pops A. Auckland, Auckland
Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ
Days Out Fishing Charters BOI NZ
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(26 reviews)
Darren is a great skipper, is great company and knows his stuff. definitely will be doing another trip with him.
Judah  S.
Judah S. Auckland, Auckland
Fish N Trips Charters
Fish N Trips Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 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
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
Fishing charter in Russell
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(116 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
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
Fishing charter in Russell
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(116 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
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
Fish N Trips Charters
Fish N Trips Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Great morning, we all had such fun and our 6 year old caught his first fish which he was absolutely delighted with! Thanks Captain Pete
Adrienne  B.
Adrienne B. Auckland, Auckland
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
Fishing charter in Russell
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(116 reviews)
Spent time catching live bait, wasn't expecting that was different for us. Summer still enjoyed her day she was the only angler on the boat with the nice schnapps....no luck for me better luck next time.....thank you spot X charters....
Patrick  T.  T.
Patrick T. T. Auckland, Auckland
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
Fishing charter in Russell
Excellent
4.7 / 5
(116 reviews)
It was a beautiful Morning, boat and captain were prepared and ready to go, super pleasant fun catching snapper in the Bay of Islands.
Andrew  W.
Andrew W. Christchurch, CAN
Fish N Trips Charters
Fish N Trips Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Captain Peter and Trish were so welcoming and fun to spend the day with. Caught lots of fish. Had an amazing time. Definitely going to be going back out with them again
Joanne  B.
Joanne B. New Zealand
Target Charters
Target Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(39 reviews)
Had an awesome morning out with this charter, we caught some good size snapper and kawai, boat has plenty of deck space for 5 big guys and Skipper Ross & Rick provide such a great experience and knowledge of fishing , 4 hours on the water was worth it! I will definitely be back with the crew in future and highly recommend this charter Thanks Ross & Rick for your hospitality and service
Jeffrey  M.
Jeffrey M. Auckland, Auckland
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(71 reviews)
Welcomed on board by crew who were friendly and who got to know us all. Helpful when fishing with good advice and caring manner. Encouraged each of us to ask questions and provided running commentary on who was catching the fish great bantering on board. Was a fun fish that we would do again thanks for the care you all showed towards us ..cheers Jake
Jake  B.
Jake B. Whangarei, Northland
Target Charters
Target Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(39 reviews)
We found the Captain , Ross n his deckhand Ricky, very knowledgable and friendly.. although we didnt catch our target species,the four of us all came home with fresh fish . We all had a very cool mornings trip. Definately go back again .
Sue  M.
Sue M. Whangarei, NTL
May Marie Charters
May Marie Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(8 reviews)
Amazing day out on the water, Dave and Trent were fantastic. Had such a great time out and caught my first kingi 😄
Claire  C.
Claire C. Auckland, Auckland
Target Charters
Target Charters
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
4.3 / 5
(39 reviews)
Wonderful day out in the boat, well looked after but sadly didn't see a fish.
Tim  R.
Tim R. Maruia, Canterbury
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
SpotX Fishing Charters – Wairere
Fishing charter in Russell
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(116 reviews)
Had a really great day on the water but unfortunately had no luck in landing in Kingi's - the captain did all he could to chase down the school fish and kingi's but 4/0 to the kingis on the day
Thomas  B.
Thomas B. New Zealand
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Blue Sea Charters - Splash
Fishing charter in Paihia
Excellent
5.0 / 5
(71 reviews)
Great crew, skipper Shane put us in the fish and eve was bloody great value to have on board. Great banter and great fishing! Will definately go again with this team
Clive  D.
Clive D. Hamilton, Waikato