Fishing is considered one of New Zealand’s favourite past times, with many of us spending a good weekend or two out on the water trying to hook the perfect fish. In need of a few hot spots? Check out the below and catch some whoppers.

1. Bay of Islands

One of the biggest game fishing locations in the country, the quality of fish found here is practically flawless. From marlin and snapper to hapuku and kingfish, this place has it all. Make sure you hit up Rocky Point and Waiwiri Rock.

2. Invercargill

Depending on the state of the seas, the areas around Invercargill are great for catching more exotic fish than our northern counterparts. If you head down to Howells Point there’s a chance you’ll be able to snap up some moki or the elusive elephant fish! Keep an eye out for flounder or blue cod over in Te Waewae. Need more motivation to visit the southern tip of the South Island? Look no further!

3. Whangarei

The harbours here are home to sharks, snapper and kingfish. Make sure you head on down to either Marsden Point Wharf or Busby to really get amongst it!

4. Auckland Harbour Bridge

You know the saying ‘early bird catches the worm’? Well, the early worm catches the fish! The best time to catch ‘em at the Harbour Bridge is at sunrise. And if they’re not biting,we’ve got plenty of other activities for you to try your hand at!

5. Whanganui

After cod, gurnard or kahawai? The mouth of Rangitikei River all the way up to Otokonoko Beach is a great destination for land-based fishing. Looking to take the boat out? Head to North Mole and land yourself some red cod and snapper!

6. Kaipara Harbour

Get out here in the summer and get ready to catch kahawai, trevally, and gurnard. If the weather is right, you might run into some yellowfin and albacore – what a treat!