Wellington and Central North Island

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 region can at times boast a fishery that is as good as it... Read More >

A guide to Wellingtons fishing
July 2019

In the second part of this Wellington recreational feature, Jim O’Brien focusses on the booming boat fishing scene and outlines the exciting freshwater fishing options available.... Read More >

Fishing in Fitzroy Bay
July 2019

Enthusiastic shore-based angler Andy Macleod has a lot of love for the fishing our capital city has to offer. He shares some of his favourite haunts... Read More >

Kapiti Coast
July 2019

Within an hour’s drive of Wellington, the Kapiti Coast offers a diverse range of productive fishing opportunities, writes Peter Langlands.... Read More >

Slide baiting for kingfish
June 2018

Wellington’s land-based anglers have found that kingfish heaven is as close as a couple of kilometres from the city’s CBD and Houses of Parliament. Jim O’Brien... Read More >

Kayak fishing in Wellington Harbour
May 2018

Many of his surfcasting friends are horrified, but Andy Macleod finds plenty of good reasons to go to the dark side and fish from a kayak…... 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 a breakdown of what to expect in the central North Island.... Read More >

Fishing Wellington Bays
March 2018

Wellington can be a fickle place for the shorebased fisher, mostly for reasons related to the sea and weather conditions. But when various positive elements coincide,... 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 surfcasting in the lower North Island.... Read More >

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