Auckland-Hauraki Gulf

Fishing Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf

The Hauraki Gulf is one of New Zealand's most popular fishing destinations. Fishing for kingfish and snapper is productive year round. The Gulf has crayfish in reasonable numbers if you know where to look as well as scallops and mussells.

Late in winter, snapper pour into the Gulf to spawn and feed on the baitfish along with other species including whales, dolphins and gannets creating exciting workups and spectacular fishing. In several months of the year snapper can be caught as far up as the area beyond the Auckland harbour bridge in good numbers. Where else in the world can you find fishing that good on the doorstep of a city with a population of 1.5 million?

How to Fish the Manukau
August 2021

West Coast contributor Ben Francis has almost exclusively fished the Manukau – both inside the harbour and out – since he was a kid. He shares... Read More >

Fishing the Manukau – Inside and Out
July 2021

For some, the Manukau Harbour is small and muddy, and crossing the bar is far too daunting; but for Adam Clancey, the harbour is full of... Read More >

14 Spring Kingfishing Spots in the Hauraki Gulf
December 2020

Those not in the know might be surprised that Auckland has an amazing kingfish fishery on its doorstep.... Read More >

Catching Snapper And Kingfish At Great Barrier
February 2020

The waters around Great Barrier are home to massive snapper and huge kingfish.... Read More >

The Noises, Hauraki Gulf
January 2020

The Noises are a privately-owned group of islands, which sit beyond Rakino and Waiheke, that play a large part in the greater Hauraki Gulf ecosystem.... Read More >

Landbased fishing on Great Barrier Island
December 2019

The opportunities are endless when it comes to landbased fishing on Great Barrier Island. If you are chasing a 20lb snapper or a large kingie, then... Read More >

A weekend at Great Barrier Island
November 2019

Great Barrier Island is a great place for a weekend of fishing, diving and cruising, writes Nick Jones. ... Read More >

Fishing at Little Barrier Island
August 2019

Little Barrier Island, Hauturu (‘Resting Place of the Wind’), or ‘Little Baz,’ always reminds me of the fictional island from the original Jurrasic Park movie, writes... Read More >

Fishing the Manukau 101
June 2019

The Manukau Harbour, situated on the west coast of the Auckland Isthmus and neighbour to the gleaming and scenic Waitemata Harbour, is often perceived as the... Read More >

Fishing Auckland's Waitemata Harbour
May 2018

Mark Kitteridge loves fishing the Waitemata Harbour. While the summer season isn’t that long and the size of snapper caught generally won’t turn your buddies green... Read More >

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