Fishing charters

Fishmeister’s fishing charters run off the east coast north of Auckland, in the waters out from Mangawhai and in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf

Fishmeister’s fishing charters cover the east coast of Northland and Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf.

Our purpose built fishing boat can comfortably accommodate up to 6 people actively fishing at any time on fishing charters and is well equipped to find where the fish are. We can provide whatever equipment you need, or you can bring your own – it’s up to you.

We fish for a variety of species including Snapper, Kahawai, Gurnard, John Dory and Tarakihi through to larger species such as Kingfish and we have some outstanding fishing spots on our doorstep. Check out where we’ve been fishing lately.

Our fishing charters leave from Mangawhai (80 minutes north of Auckland)

Hen & Chickens / Bream HeadFishing charters from Mangawhai - north of Auckland - to the Hen and Chicks with Fishmeister; a great fishing spot for snapper

Taranga Island is right in front of us as we head out of Mangawhai Harbour and over the Mangawhai bar.

It’s part of the Hen & Chickens group of islands, situated about halfway between Bream Head and Bream Tail. The island is a nature reserve and sea life around is abundant.

This is an ideal spot for catching that prize snapper, or enjoying the excitement of catching kahawai without having to travel too far.

Half day (approx. 5 hours) $650
Full day (8-9 hours) $1000

Approximate travel time 30 minutes, weather dependent

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Mokohinau IslandsFishing charters from Mangawhai, Northland

The Mokohinaus are at the outer edge of the Hauraki Gulf and early morning is the best time for fishing there, so expect an early wake up!

Regardless of the species you are targeting, our fishing methods include jigging, trawling, stick baiting, soft baiting, straylining etc.

Your skipper knows these waters and will be able to recommend the best methods for the weather and season.

Full day only (8-9 hours) $1300

Approximate travel time 1 hour 15 minutes

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Kawau and Little Barrier Fishing charters from Mangawhai, Northland (north of Auckland) - Kawau and Little Barrier islands offer great fishing for snapper and kingfish and are best for experienced fishermen

Often those fishing Kawau will fish Little Barrier also.

Apart from the fishing, Little Barrier is a very scenic island.

It requires a higher level of skill to fishing the gulf so best suited to experienced fishermen. Snapper and kingfish are the call here.

Full day only (8-9 hours) $1300

Approximate travel time 1 hour – 1 hour 30 mins

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Fishing charters from Mangawhai, Northland (north of Auckland) - Great Barrier Island - photo by Beverley DavidsonGreat Barrier Island

This is our absolute favourite destination for both fishing and scenery. While Great Barrier can be reached as a day trip from Mangawhai, we highly recommend staying overnight.

We can take you there for an overnight stay at one of the lodges, before waking early to catch the best of the fishing. Talk to us about the options available.

Full day $1500
Overnight or longer On request

Approximate travel time 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours, weather dependent

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Photo courtesy Beverley Davidson


Finding fish isn’t left to chance

Fishmeister is fitted with a 1kilowatt sonar transducer that enables us to locate fish at depth, while travelling at speed. Our Raymarine radar “bird mode” allows us to pick up bird workups many kilometres away – perfect for those fish boil ups.


Getting here from Auckland or Whangarei

For a day’s fishing charter, it’s hard to beat Mangawhai and this part of Northland for scenery and consistent fishing. It’s just an 80 minute drive north from Auckland and 60 minutes south of Whangarei.