3 NZ fishing regions every angler will love
“The solution to any problem – work, love, money, whatever – is to go fishing, and the worse the problem, the longer the trip should be.” – John Geirach
If you’re finding yourself succumbing to the slow inextricable pull of worry, routine and burnout then there is only one thing for it – a fishing trip.
Kiwis find themselves spoilt for choice in terms of world class fishing grounds, and regardless of your favoured quarry – trout, salmon, snapper, kingfish or marlin – you can rest assured that somewhere along New Zealand’s 15,000 kilometres of pristine coastline and everywhere in between, there is the perfect little setup just for you.
On the Fly
From crystal clear lakes ringed by snow-capped Alps, to languid winding rivers brimming with trout and salmon, it’s for a very good reason that New Zealand is widely regarded as a fly fisherman’s paradise.
The bottom of the South Island wins our vote as the must-fish region for fly fishermen looking to land trophy sized wild trout in postcard perfect settings.
The famous Matarua River comprises of over 100 km’s of world class dry fly waters and the surrounding region is home to an array of accommodation to suit every budget.
Fish some of the most diverse terrain NZ has to offer – from glacial fed lakes, wide immaculately clear rivers and gently flowing streams set amidst the most dramatic backdrop the South Island has to offer.
Game on in Northland
Northland is home to arguably the best game fishing arena in the world and it has the credentials to prove it – All world as well as national records for Striped Marlin, Yellowtail Kingfish and Snapper having been recorded on this stretch of coast, so it is not surprising that these waters are referred to as the Angler’s El Dorado.
Whangaroa harbour – The Marlin capital of the world -is a game fisherman’s dream made manifest. It’s idyllic array of secluded bays and protected inlets form the picturesque launch pad into waters revered the world over for the quality and quantity of the prize-sized game fish to be had.
Anglers can expect to strap in and hook up to Striped Marlin, Blue Marlin, Black Marlin, Mahi Mahi, Short Bill Spearfish, Yellowtail Kingfish, Hapuka, Bass, Snapper, King Trevally, King Terakihi, Yellow Fin Tuna, Mako and Hammerhead shark – depending on the season in which they go.
There is a wide range of great accommodation options on offer – from world class luxury resort hotels to cheap but cozy and comfy motor-ins and of course camp grounds.
Spearfishing the Bay of Islands
Staying on the North Island, the Bay of Islands – characterised by crescent shaped beaches fringed by cobalt blue waters – make for the ideal spearfishing getaway. There is no shortage of Kingfish, Trevally, Mahi Mahi, Snapper and of course billfish to go after.
A few operators in the area offer introductory level courses to spearfishing and free diving as well as catering to more experienced ‘spearos’. The combination of fish rich hunting grounds, remote secluded bays and beaches that grace magazine covers the world over and a plethora of fine dining and accommodation venues makes a getaway to the Bay of Islands something everyone should have on their bucket list.
Regardless of the type of fishing one loves to do, planning the ultimate angler’s getaway in the fishing Mecca that is New Zealand will leave practically anyone with a rod, reel and some tackle spoilt for choice on where to go.