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?