Saltwater Fishing

Fishing from Eagles Nest, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

New Zealand is an island nation, surrounded by sea. It is blessed with abundant fish life that is well protected through a nationally managed commercial quota system, so there are many opportunities for outstanding saltwater fishing around the country.

The east coasts of both main islands are sheltered from the prevailing westerly weather systems and are generally nicer (and safer) places to be out on the water. The North Island offers excellent kingfish, snapper, hapuka (northern name), marlin and terakihi fishing, while the South Island is more about kahawai, blue cod, tuna and grouper (southern name).

There are beautiful luxury lodges (and a luxurious charter boat) within easy reach of all these fishing areas listed below; email us to find out our recommendations. We can update you with pricing and availability. 

The North Island:

  • The Far North, around the Bay of Islands, Doubtless Bay, the Three Kings Islands and off places like Tutukaka are prime spots for good sea fishing. Here the weather and the sea temperatures are warmer.
  • Whitianga and the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula are also popular, with great fishing around the Mercury Islands and further out towards Great Barrier Island.
  • Heading south a bit, the Bay of Plenty lives up to its name with bountiful fishing in the area, with the actively volcanic White Island providing a showpiece in the centre of the region
  • Hawkes Bay, towards the lower end of the North Island has some great fishing on what is quite an exposed coastline. It’s certainly worth a visit if you want to see something a bit different.


Fishing in the Marlborough Sounds

The South Island:

  • The Marlborough Sounds forms the north-eastern coastline of the South Island and is a magical place of deep sounds and densely-forested hillsides that drop sharply to the sea. The outer Sounds and the Cook Strait areas are top fishing spots
  • The West Coast provides a small but exciting tuna fishery that is heavily dependent on good weather as the coastline is open to the Tasman Sea. If tuna is your thing then it’s well worth a visit
  • Fiordland is one of the most remote spots in the country with much of it taken up in national park. But the fishing can be remarkable at times and this is an ideal place to do a week-long liveaboard trip as the fiords can generally provide a sheltered anchorage in even the worst weather.

We can book you with the best guides in these areas and most of the lodges also have their own preferred fishing guides, so there are plenty of options to get you out on the water.

Email us for more information or to make a booking


We can confirm availability, get up-to-date pricing and a full quote to you overnight. We can then handle and complete your booking for you with full personal service all the way through.

We can also help you with all your flights to and from New Zealand, your other travel and accommodation arrangements, transfers to and from the lodge, and suggested itineraries for you to further explore this beautiful country.