Magical Fishing in New Zealand

The beautiful island country of New Zealand is a paradise for those who love fishing. Even those who do not normally fish will enjoy the incredible fishing excursions in the wilds of this country. Locals near the prime fishing areas offer guided fishing trips that help experts and novices to catch fish. These local recreational fishing businesses have experienced personnel who know the water and the fish. Fantastic fishing is not fantasy, and choice fishing spots are found on the North and South Islands.

Sunday morning fish, Wellington, New Zealand, 9 Nov. 2008
Fishing in New ZealandPhillipC / Foter.com / CC BY

Here are some of the best fishing destinations in New Zealand and a taste of what each place has to offer:

North Island

Auckland
Hauraki Gulf is great for snapper fishing. However, very near the city are easily accessed rivers, lakes and other habitats for freshwater fish. With Megabites Fishing charters, guests are provided with the best boats and equipment as well as fishing spots.

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Auckland FishingChris Gin / Beach Photos / CC BY-NC-ND

Paihia
In the Bay of Islands, Paihia is the area for snapper fishing. Gurnard, kingfish and shark are a few of the other fish also found in the bay. Cruising around and stopping to fish, passengers often see dolphin and penguins at play in their natural habitat. Arline Fishing Charters is a top company for chartered fishing trips in Paihia.

Bay of Islands
Paihia fishing tripsZanthia / Foter.com / CC BY-NC-SA

Taupo
Besides fishing in Lake Taupo, this region includes wonderful streams full of trout for some of the best trout fishing in the world. Angling is superb in the rivers. Helicopter fishing trips and other adventurous trips into the back country around Taupo are fabulous. One of the leading fishing guide companies is Dream Streams Fly Fishing.

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Taupo lake fishingLight Play / Nature Photos / CC BY-ND

South Island

Kaikoura
Fish and crayfish are found in the waters on the southeast of South Island. Kaikoura Fishing Tours use digital electronic equipment in their boats to find areas with a high density of fish in the water. Other wildlife is also seen by those fishing off the coast such as albatross, dolphins and seals.

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Kaikoura Fishing ToursRodeime / Foter.com / CC BY-SA

Queenstown
The lake fishing is amazing. The water is so clear in Lake Wakatipu and the surrounding mountains make the setting picturesque. One of the excellent local guide businesses is Clearwater Fishing. Brown and rainbow trout as well as salmon are the types of fish generally caught in this S-shaped body of mountain-fed water.

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Queenstown lake fishing tripsgeoftheref / Beach Photos / CC BY-NC-ND

Wanaka
Helicopter and back country fishing are thrilling fishing trips in Wanaka. The air is fresh and the natural wilderness areas are worth capturing in photographs. The region provides great fishing for trout and other fresh water fish. Southern Rivers Fly Fishing offers remarkable fishing tours traveling to where no human civilization is seen for miles.

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Wanaka fishing destinationspaul bica / Flowers Photos / CC BY

The NZ Fishing Experience

Wherever people go and fish in New Zealand, they are certain to have an adventure that they will not soon forget. Of course, bringing a camera along is an excellent idea to capture the excursion as well as the wildlife and landscapes. The activity of fishing is just part of the experience of water, spectacular scenery and a variety of wild animals and birds.

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