New Zealand Spearfishing Charters

New Zealand Spearfishing Charters

Best Spearfishing Fishing Charters in New Zealand

Spearfishing in New Zealand

If you’re looking for unconventional fun and a chance to get back in touch with your primal instincts, a New Zealand spearfishing experience is the thing for you! The waters of this gorgeous country are as pristine as they are prolific, which is a match made in heaven for aspiring spearos.  
 

What to Expect

Spearfishing is gaining popularity in New Zealand for several reasons, one of them being that it’s an incredible adrenaline rush. Once you jump into the water with a speargun in your hand, you become a part of the environment, a predator waiting for its prey to come closer.
 
Modern-day fishing originated from spearfishing, and you’ll learn a lot about the underwater universe simply by being in it. There’s a growing number of spearfishing experts that have spent years honing their skills and know all the best tricks to get you that catch. If you book a spearfishing charter, they’ll usually provide all the necessary equipment, which is an added bonus.
 
When it comes to the gear, you’ll usually use a snorkeling mask and snorkel, as well as a well-fitted wetsuit, fins, and a speargun. In some regards, this sport is similar to freediving, but you don’t have to know how to hold your breath underwater, your guide will teach you a few useful tricks.
 
The best part is, you don’t need to have any previous experience, all you have to do is show up, listen to your guide’s instructions, and get ready to dive.
 

Where to Go

While traditional fishing is incredible in New Zealand, spearfishing is a more immersive adventure, especially if you know where to go. Poor Knight Island, the Bay of Plenty, Hauraki Gulf, and White Island are all top spots for spearfishing, and that’s just to name a few.
 
These waters hide colourful reefs that are teeming with more fish than you could ever count. The key is not to chase them, because you’ll be easily outmaneuvered – you’re in their territory after all. Do your best to blend in, float, save your energy, and let curiosity get the better of your fishy neighbours. When you’ve got their attention, use your speargun wisely and quickly.
 
On your hunt, you’ll be targeting Yellowtail Amberjack (Kingfish), Blue Morwong, Pink Mau Mau,  Sandagers Wrasse, Bronze Whaler, and the list goes on. These fish are vibrant in colour and very fun to catch, so there won’t be a dull moment.
 

How to Prepare

Like we mentioned earlier, a New Zealand spearfishing trip doesn’t require too much preparation. You’ll have professionals to show you the way and provide all the gear, as well as abundant waters to test, and that’s all a spearo really needs.
 
You don’t need a special spearfishing licence, but your guide will keep you in the loop of regulations and laws. You’re welcome to bring some light food and drinks, though some charters can take care of that too, just check in advance.
 
Discover a whole new world right under the water’s surface and let New Zealand become your spearfishing haven!
New Zealand
Excellent
4.5 / 5
Based on 24,785 reviews by FishingBooker anglers
New Zealand: 8 fishing charters available

Double Rum Fishing Charters

Excellent
5.0 / 5
(4 reviews)
Whangaparaoa
trips from $1,869

Waipae Magic Charters

Very good
3.7 / 5
(3 reviews)
Tairua

Top Catch Charters – Kaikoura

Excellent
4.7 / 5
(46 reviews)
Kaikoura

Warfish Marine Charters

Excellent
4.9 / 5
(12 reviews)
Whitianga
trips from $123

What anglers said about Spearfishing in New Zealand

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
Do it. Kaikoura is a great spot for fishing and usually always go home with a good amount of fish
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Do it. Kaikoura is a great spot for fishing and usually always go home with a good amount of fish
Jo  B.
Jo B. 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
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
We picked Koura Bay fishing charter as they were recommended to us by my cousin who did a 2 hr fishing trip last month with them. Both 1st time anglers as we were ! They were very happy with the fishing experience, the service and the catch. We shared the same sentiments. Very experienced Captain Andy and crew. Great time. Would have been heaps better if the Mrs didn't get sea sickness !!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
We picked Koura Bay fishing charter as they were recommended to us by my cousin who did a 2 hr fishing trip last month with them. Both 1st time anglers as we were ! They were very happy with the fishing experience, the service and the catch. We shared the same sentiments. Very experienced Captain Andy and crew. Great time. Would have been heaps better if the Mrs didn't get sea sickness !!
John  T.
John T. Auckland, Auckland
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
Level of experience not relevant - anyone can learn and the guide is happy to teach!
Excellent
4.7 / 5
Level of experience not relevant - anyone can learn and the guide is happy to teach!
Leonie  C.
Leonie C. Brisbane, Queensland
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
Bring changeable clothing and listen to the captain advise about how to land your catch and you will have a great time with great veiws
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Bring changeable clothing and listen to the captain advise about how to land your catch and you will have a great time with great veiws
Robin  K.
Robin K. Salisbury North, SA

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