Fishing in New Zealand

With more than 15,000 kilometers of coastline – and countless rivers and lakes – New Zealand offers plenty of fishing opportunities for anglers of all stripes. But as any fishing fan can tell you, local knowledge is key to success. That’s why hiring a fishing guide in New Zealand will boost your chances of hooking a keeper.

If ocean fishing is your passion, then head up north to the beautiful Auckland Harbour and Inner Hauraki Gulf, where you’ll be fishing for snapper, kingfish, and tarakihi. Snapper is the prized fish for many ocean fishermen. If you “go snapping” as the locals call it, you could hook a fish in excess of 10 kilograms or 22 pounds! In the far south, blue cod, trumpeter and grouper are the targets.

Enjoy the many beautiful islands and sandy beaches of this beautiful part of the world as your fishing guide takes you out to their secret fishing spots.

If you prefer fishing in crystal clear lakes and streams, then New Zealand is the perfect setting for fantastic freshwater fishing, with rainbow and brown trout in the waters of both the North and South Islands.

It’s always worth working with experienced local fishing guides to find the best spots along New Zealand’s rivers. The season for trout normally runs from early October through to the end of April, although the season can differ from region to region. Depending on conditions, some rivers and lakes are open to anglers all year, but a local fishing guides will know the fishing regulations for their region, and can help you make sure you have any necessary licenses.

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Most fishing guides will welcome individual travellers or – if you have a group – can arrange private fishing trips. Regardless of the type of fishing you prefer, an experienced New Zealand fishing guide will be able to introduce you to the best fishing spots.

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