The Whangarei coast is renowned for its successful fishing, impressive world records are made here and every local who can afford a boat is regularly out on the deep blue water, either fishing or diving for Scallops or Crayfish. There are many tournaments when the catch of the day can win up to 50’000 NZD. Fishing is an obsession here! We still prefer the diving, but the brainwash so far sounds more and more convincing...
Most fishing charters leave from Tutukaka Harbour, but there are also marinas in Parua Bay, the central town basin and Ruakaka/One Tree Point. You can hire a fishing rod in town and we'll send you to some promising rocks or jetties. And you can get a licence for Trout fishing in lakes and rivers.
3hr boat fishing trips start from 66 NZD per person, then again you can easily spend over 2’000 NZD a day for the big boy stuff. It’s world class - it might be worth it! And if you have your own boat, we have safe off-street boat parking for it.
Snapper, Flounder and Gurnard can already be found in the Whangarei Harbour. Further along the coast and offshore rocks, or out at the Hen and Chicken islands are the realms of Kingfish, Kahawai, John Dory, Trevally, Groper/Hapuku, Striped, Blue and Black Marlin, Yellowfin, Bluefin, Albacore and Big Eye Tuna, Swordfish, Sharks and Crayfish.
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