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The Top 12 Fishing Spots in Auckland for Amazing Angling

The Top 12 Fishing Spots in Auckland for Amazing Angling

Auckland is the ultimate playground for anglers, with some of the finest fishing spots you can see in all of New Zealand. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a newbie eager to cast your line, there’s something that fits your needs. 

And with an ocean of options, from wharfs to bridges and harbors, we’ve reeled in the top spots to get you hooked on some serious angling action. 

So, grab your gear and prepare for your next fishing adventure!

Auckland Harbour Bridge

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Address: Northcote Point, Auckland 2022, New Zealand

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

Auckland Harbour Bridge is your top choice for some chill urban fishing. The best part is that it’s super easy to get to as it’s right in the heart of Auckland CBD. 

Perfect for newbie anglers, it offers great fishing plus fantastic views of one of the city’s coolest landmarks. You don’t even need a boat to start fishing here – land-based fishing can be done right at Curran Street, and it won’t cost you a dime because it’s a public area. 

But if you’re feeling like boat fishing, you can do so right under the bridge. Please take note that it’s limited access only, so don’t get your hopes up yet!

In this fishing spot, you’re likely to catch snapper, kahawai, or gurnard. Oh and here’s a pro tip: to score big here, hit up those golden fishing hours at dawn or dusk with a dropper rig, 3-4 oz breakout sinker, and chunks of squid or pilchard as bait. 

The best time to come here is from late November to mid-April when the snapper are thick in the harbor. Cross off these months and you’ll score an abundant catch.

Rangitoto Island

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Address: Rangitoto Island, Auckland 1010, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 7 867 9080 

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

If you have a boat (or can sweet talk someone into lending you theirs), the waters around Rangitoto are calling. It’s close to Auckland’s CBD, so getting there is not much of a hassle.

Packed with rocky reefs teeming with marine life, this spot is separated from Auckland’s North Shore by a natural channel and, as mentioned, is accessible only by boat. If you have the means, you can also do so by arranging a charter.

The island boasts plenty of hefty kingfish and a thriving kahawai population, which promises a varied catch. While some fishing methods are off-limits, softbaiting in the channel and straylining the shallow areas always work a treat. 

There’s no wrong time to cast your line here – any time is prime time as they say. But keep an eye on the birds; if they’re diving in a certain spot, chances are, there’s something good to reel in there too!

Cornwallis Wharf

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Address: Centennial Park, 122 Cornwallis Road, Cornwallis, Auckland 0604, New Zealand

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

Cornwallis Fishing Classic Wharf, rebuilt back in the late ’90s, is the go-to spot for some epic high tide and low tide fishing adventures. 

It’s a hotspot for live baiters and is considered one of Auckland’s favorite fishing hangouts, thanks to its stunning views and diverse marine life. 

This place is also a hit for land-based fishing, with its long pier stretching out into the Manukau Harbour. This lets you cast your line into deeper waters without needing a boat. 

Get here early if you’re chasing those elusive kingfish that make a cameo in the summer months. Plus, you can bank on hooking some kahawai and trevallies too.

When the tide is high at Cornwallis, it’s a playground for anglers of all ages, perfect for some family fishing fun. Try to reel in the big ones by the last few hours before the day ends – bonus, you’ll catch some stunning sunsets while you’re at it.

Okahu Bay Wharf

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Address: 18 Tamaki Dr, Okahu Street, Orakei, Auckland 1071, New Zealand

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

Okahu Bay Wharf is one of Auckland’s best fishing spots, no doubt. 

You can fish right off the wharf, making it perfect for hanging out with friends or going solo. It stretches about 150 meters over the ocean, so there’s loads of space for everyone to cast their lines. 

Spend a family fun afternoon here, and you’re bound to reel in all kinds of fish. You’ll have a blast catching sprats, piper, and mackerel, but generally, trevally, kahawai, and snapper are the most common in the area.

Just a heads up, though – there’s no fencing, so it’s not the safest spot for the little ones. It’s more suited for older kids and teens.

As night falls, cephalopods come out to play, making this one of Auckland’s most popular squid fishing spots too. The best part is that it won’t cost you a thing to fish here at any time. But if you want better visibility and more luck catching fish, consider going during the day.

Pakiri Beach

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Address: Pakiri Beach, Pakiri Road, Pakiri 1242, New Zealand

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

If you’re up for some beachside fishing, head on over to Pakiri Beach. This stunning stretch, just 90 minutes from central Auckland, is definitely worth the drive!

Surfcasting from the beach is your ticket to scoring some nice pannie snapper and kahawai. And if you venture to the rocky ledges at the southern end, you might just hook a big snapper or kingfish.

Just a heads up, though – Pakiri Beach can be a bit tough for beginners because of its rugged terrain and strong currents, especially if you’re just trying out surfcasting. So, it’s best to either brush up on your skills or tag along with a guide.

If the fishing doesn’t go as planned, you still have options. You can always grab your snorkel gear and check out the nearby Goat Island marine reserve to see the underwater world. 

Or just kick back on the beach, take a leisurely stroll, go for a swim, or soak up some sun!

North Head

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Address: Devonport, Auckland 0624, New Zealand

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

If you’re an early bird, then North Head is the place to be! Getting up at the crack of dawn is essential for some serious rock fishing here because once the city comes to life, this part of Waitemata Harbour turns into a bit of a traffic jam.

Pick any of the numerous ledges facing Rangitoto Island during a low incoming tide and cast your line with a ledger rig for snapper. 

There are also about six wharfs in the area where you can try your luck and mingle with fellow anglers. But if you prefer land-based fishing, aim for the bays!

When fishing here, it’s a good idea to send out live piper or mackerel during the summer for a chance at a passing kingfish. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous and have a big boat, try paddling out a big bait for Bronze Whaler sharks weighing up to 200+ kg.

On a different note, the tere (also known as cockles) shellfish are all over, and collecting them is prohibited in Waitemata Harbour, which includes North Head. Harvesting shellfish from the harbor can pose health risks due to potential contamination, so it’s best to steer clear of them.

Hauraki Gulf

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Address: Hauraki Gulf, Auckland, New Zealand

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

A day trip or weekend getaway to Waiheke Island is a stellar adventure. With its fantastic wineries, stunning beaches, and even better fishing, the island has something to offer anglers of all skill levels.

Especially in the Hauraki Gulf surrounding the island, you’ll experience some of the best snapper fishing in Auckland. These prized fish are abundant here, especially during the spring and early summer months. 

You can hop on a well-organized charter trip from various spots around the Gulf. Some options range from multi-day excursions to quick two-hour evening snapper cruises, so there are excellent chances of success.

Fortunately, even if you opt for boat fishing or stick to the shores, you’re still bound to reel in some fish. Plus, it doesn’t matter when you go or what time it is – snappers are aplenty in the area, along with other species like Kingfish, Kahawai, Trevally, and John Dory.

Chelsea Sugar Refinery

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Address: 100 Colonial Road, Birkenhead, Auckland 0626, New Zealand

Contact details: +64 9 481 0720

Operating hours: Some areas have limited access, opening only from Monday to Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and on Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

If you’re after a memorable fishing adventure, Chelsea Sugar Refinery is the place to be. With its laid-back vibe and plenty of fishing spots – whether you’re casting from the shore or cruising on your own boat – this place is just perfect.

The spot sits on Auckland’s North Shore and features a wharf that’s open to the public, so go ahead and fish here too! Plus, there are rocky shores that are ideal for casting your line for a much tricker fishing experience.

The best thing is that you never know what you’ll catch – from lively kahawai to sneaky snapper, there’s plenty of action in the waters. Remember to keep your eyes out for schools of pipers or kingfish gliding through the water.

Lake Pupuke

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Address: Auckland, New Zealand

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

For something different, you can enjoy freshwater fishing at Lake Pupuke on the North Shore. This is a unique spot to fish in Auckland, where you can reel in trout, perch, tench, and other species not commonly found in other parts of Auckland. 

While shoreline fishing is somewhat limited due to the many private gardens extending to the lake’s edge, it’s worth noting that access is free. So, if you’re patient enough to wait for a spot, you’ll surely get your fishing fix here.

The good news is that those with self-propelled boats like kayaks or rowboats will find plenty of opportunities to explore. Pro tip: the best spots for fishing in the lake include Sylvan Park, the Quarry at the end of Northcote Road, and around the back of the North Shore Hospital.

For the best fishing experience, head out in the evenings and fish into the night. There’s nothing quite like casting your line under the stars for an illuminating fishing adventure.

Shelly Beach Wharf

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Address: 1 Shelly Beach Road, Shelly Beach 0874, New Zealand

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

If it’s a change of scenery you want, then get yourself to Kaipara Harbour at Shelly Beach Wharf’s fishing pier. There’s no better spot to enjoy fishing while soaking up the stunning views of the place.

Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, Shelly Beach Wharf has something for everyone. Just grab your gear and be prepared to chill out with fellow anglers in this beautiful spot.

Cast your line, and you might just snag a variety of fish, from bronze whalers to kahawai and gurnard. For better odds, try casting into the deep waters along the channel’s edge. 

Evening fishing under Fort Cautley is particularly rewarding, so be sure to use large floating baits for optimal results. 

Heading out to fish here? Here’s a top tip: aim for the wharf during the four-hour window before and after high tide to get the best results!

Murrays Bay Wharf

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Website: Murrays Bay Wharf, Murrays Bay, Auckland 0201, New Zealand

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

Grab your fishing gear and make your way down to Murrays Bay Wharf – it’s a real hidden gem nestled along the coast! It’s just the right spot for casting lines and trying your luck at reeling in some impressive catches. 

This picturesque location caters to anglers of all levels, whether you’re a seasoned pro or just starting out. 

From snapper to kingfish, kahawai to trevally, the variety of fish you can catch here is incredible. Just be sure to make those long casts to avoid any snags near the wharf.

Quick note – this little jetty in the heart of East Coast Bays can get pretty busy, especially during peak times. So, to make the most of your fishing trip, consider timing your visit for dawn or dusk, when the crowds are thinner.

And if you’re feeling adventurous, don’t hesitate to bring along your squid jigs for some nighttime squid fishing. The views of the sky will definitely make it more memorable!

Mangere Bridge

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Address: Māngere Bridge Auckland 2022, New Zealand

Operating hours: Open 24 hours

When you’re in the mood for an exciting day of shore fishing, look no further than Mangere Bridge. 

This bustling fishing spot in Auckland promises an exciting variety of fish species that’ll keep you engaged from sunrise to sunset. From atop the bridge, you’ll surely have the perfect spot to cast your line and explore the lively waters below. 

With its rocky shoreline and strong currents, Mangere Bridge is renowned for its abundance of kahawai.

And if you’re lucky, you might even spot rays and sharks, though be cautious not to hook them accidentally as they’re quite common here (unless that’s your goal, of course).

Any day of the year is the ideal time to visit. No matter the season or day, you’ll always find anglers lining the shores of Mangere Bridge.