Fishing in Wellington and the Central North Island

Common species to catch in the central North Island are Snapper kingfish, kahawai, tarakihi, bluecod, trevally, gurnard and elephantfish with snapper and kingfish being more prevalent in the summer months. Most rivers hold trout. Along the West coast places like Mokau and New Plymouth are top fishing destinations for some large snapper when the conditions allow.

Destination review: Makara
November 2019

Gary Kemsley revisits Makara, a special fishing spot from his youth.... Read More >

Wellington fishing shots
July 2019

Often described as a fishery where you must earn your catch, the Wellington regi... Read More >

A guide to Wellingtons fishing
July 2019

In the second part of this Wellington recreational feature, Jim O’Brien fo... Read More >

Fishing in Fitzroy Bay
July 2019

Enthusiastic shore-based angler Andy Macleod has a lot of love for the fishing o... Read More >

Kapiti Coast
July 2019

Within an hour’s drive of Wellington, the Kapiti Coast offers a diverse ra... Read More >

Slide baiting for kingfish
June 2018

Wellington’s land-based anglers have found that kingfish heaven is as clos... Read More >

Kayak fishing in Wellington Harbour
May 2018

Many of his surfcasting friends are horrified, but Andy Macleod finds plenty of ... Read More >

Autumn freshwater fishing in the Central North Island
April 2018

The fishing can be excellent as we move into the cooler months. Mike Davis gives... Read More >

Fishing Wellington Bays
March 2018

Wellington can be a fickle place for the shorebased fisher, mostly for reasons r... Read More >

Fishing spots at Palliser bay
October 2015

It's not too much of a stretch to describe Palliser Bay as the spiritual home of... Read More >

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