A region of New Zealand covering from Cape Reinga at the top, down to include the Hokianga on the West Coast, and harbours on the east of Whangaroa, Mangonui, Houhora, Parengarenga, including the prolific Bay of Islands. Hundreds of kilometres of beautiful beaches, rocky coastlines, and many different fishing and boating opportunities.
This area supports a huge variety of fishing styles and types, from the rising popularity of salt water fly fishing, surfcasting, to inshore species like snapper and charter options can be found in all of the Northland harbours, coastal and offshore fishing for marlin, tuna and now greater abundance of mahimahi (Dolphin Fish)
This harbour, also called Pukenui, is the last fuel stop for any vessels heading north from Cape Reinga to the Three Kings Islands, a spectacular small group about 35kms north of New Zealand. Houhora is fast flowing and has a prolific range of coastal fish species, even from the wharf and campground beach.
South of Doubtless Bay, Whangaroa is a large deep water harbour with a narrow entrance. There are many fishing opportunities within the harbour itself, or just outside around the Cavalli Islands. Excellent wreck and a diving plus fantastic game fishing waters ensure an unparalleled experience. Also houseboat charters with Kayaks.
Bay of Islands
Not called Bay of Islands for nothing, this is a huge area with Islands everywhere, so generally shelter not hard to find. Three Primary areas of note: Russell, home to the famous Russell Game Fishing Club, Paihia, being the more central residential and commercial area of the Bay of Islands, together with the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and thirdly Opua, adjacent to Paihia and where the main marina is located and the ferry crossings with Russell happen. The Bay is a very popular tourist destination with a huge range of accommodation and charter choices for game fishing, coastal, or diving on wrecks or for scallops and crayfish. Also cruises out to the famous Hole in the Rock, likely watching dolphins along the way.
A renowned departure point for some of the best game fishing this country has to offer. Season mainly early January to end May. Also the start point for the spectacular Poor Knights Islands, a sub tropical diving reserve with huge schools of fish. Also wreck diving available with very skilled and knowledgeable dive masters.
Whangarei – Marsden Cove
Really 2 separate areas, but Whangarei Harbour is more for commercial shipping. Marsden Cove is a marine village and canal development within the mouth of the Whangarei Harbour. Home to charters exploiting the proximity to the Hen and Chicken Islands with of the best coastal fishing available and excellent diving, fishing for the infamous Kingfish in huge sizes. Note there is no landing as this is also a nature reserve.
Mid North West Coast
Often overlooked but to your detriment. The Kaipara is one of, if not the largest of harbours in New Zealand. With a cunning bar, local knowledge is necessary for safe vessel management. But it’s also prolific in fish. It’s not recommended for diving due to large number of sharks. It is a relatively under fished destination and also has very large tidal flows in and out.
A beautiful and popular holiday spot not far north from Auckland City. A range of Charters operations work from here offering a choice of options including game fishing and diving. A short ride to the Hen and Chicks for some of the best kingfish action you are likely to encounter anywhere.
Heading further south we come to Sandspit where there are number of charter operators and the well known Goat Island Marine Reserve, plus the beautiful Kawau Island, one of the largest Islands in our gulf group. Rigorously maintained by the Department of Conservation, dog control is essential due to the number of kiwi’s on the island. This will be the top end of the greater Hauraki Gulf, with more than 100 Islands.