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A Brief History

It appears that the Club started in 1922 or 1923 so by 2002 it is some 79 years old. The earliest record about the Club that could be found was in the minutes of the Tauranga Tourist League Committee, at their meeting in November 1924.

The first available records of any game fish caught was for 1929 during which season 85 marlin and 37 mako shark were landed. At this time only five launches were operating. In those early days fishing was based at Southeast Bay on Mayor Island. The Club as such existed as an informal society of members, and it was not until 1937 that the Club became incorporated, and was officially known as the Tauranga Big Game Fishing Club.

In December 1952 the Club had a preliminary meeting with the Trustees of Mayor Island with a view to obtaining a lease of land at Opo Bay (known also as Southeast Bay) for a base. In February 1953 the proposal was agreed to in general terms, and a lease was signed on 17 January 1955. Another aspect of Club activities was the office which they had on Coronation Pier at Tauranga operating as a mainland base which was in radio communication with the island.

The Tauranga Big Game Fishing Club was one of the five founding member clubs in the formation of the New Zealand Big Game Fishing Council in 1957.

In 1984 the Club changed its name by deleting the word 'big' from the name, hence today's 'Tauranga Game Fishing Club'. The decision to relinquish the lease on Mayor Island and close down the base was taken by the Club after long consideration of the benefits of having a shore base at Sulphur Point, Tauranga, which the Club established in its present day clubrooms, officially opened on 7 December 1991. From the date of the official opening the Club has grown from a membership of 400 to around 3500.

The Club membership has a very strong fishing base, and is also enhanced by the community in its social membership.


Hours of Operation


Office   8.30am - 5.00pm Monday - Friday
Dining Room Lunch 10.30am - 2.00pm Monday - Friday
  Dinner 5.30pm - 8.30pm Monday - Thursday
  Dinner 5.30pm - 9.00pm Friday
    10.30am - 9.00pm Saturday
    10.30am - 8.30pm Sunday

11.00am - 10.00pm

Monday - Thursday
    11.00am - 12.00am Friday
    10.30am - 12.00am Saturday
    10.30am - 10.00pm Sunday

Open at 1.00pm on ANZAC Day

The Club is closed on Christmas Day and Good Friday


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