Fishing trips in Australia and New Zealand
Looking for something unique to do on vacation or just a day off? Why not try a fishing trip? Fishing excursions can be a great way to spend time with family and friends, while at the same time providing the opportunity to enjoy the water and the great outdoors. Tours come in many different varieties and can take place on a river, ocean, or even a stream.
It’s a gift
Organized fishing trips are a great way to get started in the sport and are widely available in Australia and New Zealand. Most trips provide guests with a crash course in the skills they will need to participate, as well as the required equipment. A fishing trip as a gift experience is also an ideal option for the man for whom it is notoriously difficult to buy, or who wants to play the sport but would like an introduction first.
Fishing in Australia
Australia is a fishing paradise, full of rivers, streams, billabongs, lakes and, of course, the open sea. Fishing is excellent in each of its territories, although some destinations stand out. The first is Darwin in the Northern Territories. Situated in the far north of the country, Darwin sits next to the protected Cullen Bay, and it also sits off the coast of the Timor Sea. Bluewater reef fishing and sport fishing boats can be found in this area, with excursions lasting from half a day to a few days. Fish commonly caught on Darwin’s fishing trips include golden snapper, Jewish black fish, and Spanish mackerel, all of which are present throughout the year.
The Darwin area is also home to the Barramundi (Asian sea bass), one of Australia’s most prized fish. The Barramundi is primarily a freshwater fish found in estuaries and several Darwin-based operators offer trips in and around the Moil River, as well as on the Cobourg peninsula, where they are known to reside as of March each anus.
In Perth, Western Australia, you’ll have access to extreme deep-sea fishing. Extreme deep-sea fishing trips take place in waters that exceed 250 meters in depth and often go beyond 300 meters. Deep water conditions can be challenging, with boats facing rough water and wind. However, fishing trips to these areas can produce prized fish such as saddleback cod, ruby snapper, and hapuku. Night fishing is also popular in Perth, as certain species of fish are easier to catch at this time. The charters usually leave in the late afternoon and return early in the morning. Participants up to the challenge of staying awake and warm have the opportunity to catch beautiful pink snapper, red snapper, dhufish, and mulloway.
When moving to the east coast of Australia, the Gold Coast is an ideal place to get started in the sport of fishing. The waters are calm here than above the depths of the ocean, and day trips from the Gold Coast are suitable for the whole family. There are a wide variety of fish that live in this area, including various types of mackerel, cobia, shark, reef flathead, and tuna. Although tours are available from almost every major coastal city on Australia’s east coast, Gold Coast City near Brisbane is the most popular starting point, especially for day trips.
For those visiting Australia on vacation, fishing trips can also be made from Melbourne and Sydney. In October, the Port Phillip Bay Snapper can be found just off the Melbourne coast. King George Whitings can also be caught in the region from January to March each year. Serious anglers may also consider making the hike from Melbourne to the small town of Portland. In the winter months it is possible to fish for mako sharks and bluefin tuna in this area, and there are several major tour operators that leave Portland regularly between April and July.
Fishing in New Zealand
As an island nation, Australia’s close neighbor, New Zealand has a long history of fishing, dating back to native Maori culture. Not surprisingly, tourists and locals alike can easily embark on fishing trips from Auckland and Wellington. Waitemata Harbor, located just outside Auckland, is known as the snapper capital of the world. Tours departing from Auckland can often reach its fishing grounds in a matter of minutes, as snappers are so prevalent in the area. The nearby Hauraki Gulf is also a popular spot that is home to even more snappers, in addition to the excellent yellowtail horse mackerel. Due to the proximity of fishing grounds, Auckland fishing trips are perfect for a day or a quick excursion while on vacation in the stunning Land of the Long White Cloud.
Further south in Wellington, fly fishing is extremely popular. Trout are common throughout the region as there is a vast network of rivers running through this part of New Zealand. Fly fishing tours, as well as shallow raft fishing, are prevalent in the area. For those staying in Wellington, the Hutt River is the closest to the city and also one of the largest in the region. Rainbow trout and brown trout are present in the river and can range from 1 kg to 3 kg. Guided fly fishing trips in Wellington are an easy way to start learning this unique type of fishing. Tours range from a few hours of guided assistance to comprehensive multi-day excursions with a cruise on one of New Zealand’s beautiful rivers, as well as accommodation and meals.
Let’s go fishing
Fishing trips and excursions are a fun way to get out in the great outdoors and in the open water. Unlike fishing on your own, you will be accompanied by an experienced and reliable fisherman and you will not have to worry about driving the boat. Many trips specialize in helping novice fishing enthusiasts get started in the sport and are happy to explain everything from how to operate fishing rods and reels, to how to identify tides and drive a boat. Tours are fully licensed, allowing you to fish legally without worrying about permits, and many have great facilities and amenities to make the experience that much more enjoyable. The variety of tours operating in Australia and New Zealand allows tourists to easily find an option to suit their schedule, whether they are looking for a short day trip or a longer multi-day excursion.