Activities

Fishing

Fishing is allowed in some parks but strictly prohibited in others (especially marine reserves). Please check the rules for each park before fishing.

Parks where this activity is available

Anawhata
Anawhata
Remember that fishing on the west coast can be dangerous and waves are unpredictable. Always wear a lifejacket.
Awhitu
Awhitu
A pleasant drive through Waiuku and 33km beyond, leads to peaceful Awhitu on the southwest shores of the Manukau Harbour. Wander over parkland pastures, explore wetlands or enjoy safe, sandy beaches.
Cornwallis
Cornwallis
Part of the Waitakere Ranges, Cornwallis is a popular, safe spot for family picnics and swimming. Be sure to visit the 200m long restored Cornwallis wharf, the last of the Manukau's 16 ferry wharves.
Duder
Duder
The coast around Duder is very popular for fishing and collecting shellfish.
Huia
Huia
Remember that fishing on the west coast can be dangerous as waves are unpredictable. Always wear a lifejacket.
Hunua Ranges
Hunua Ranges
Trout fishing is available on the Wairoa river from beyond the falls, via private land – check details with angling clubs.
Karekare
Karekare
Remember that fishing on the west coast can be dangerous as waves are unpredictable. Always wear a lifejacket.
Mahurangi
Mahurangi
Mahurangi park protects three peninsulas at the mouth of the harbour. Mahurangi spans across the Puhoi River, north of Wenderholm, and along Te Muri Beach to Sullivans Bay and Mita Bay.
Muriwai
Muriwai
Take care when fishing off the rocks. The powerful surf that generally pounds onto Muriwai makes it dangerous to launch boats.
Omana
Omana
Omana Regional Park is situated on a gently contoured knoll from which visitors can enjoy outstanding views of the inner Hauraki Gulf. An ideal family park with a shelly beach offering safe swimming at high tide.
Piha
Piha
Remember that fishing off the rocks can be dangerous, waves are unpredictable. Always wear a lifejacket.
Scandrett
Scandrett
Perched on the north east tip of the Mahurangi Peninsula, Scandrett Regional Park encompasses Mullet Point, coastal forest, rocky headlands, an attractive beach and a precinct of historic farm buildings.
Shakespear
Shakespear
Fishing permitted – Ministry of Fisheries Regulations apply. Places to fish - High tide - surf cast off Army bay. From Te Haruhi Bay walk 5 minutes west around the rock to the point. - Low tide - Army bay walk 10 minutes east around the rocks or walk through the park to pink beach access then to either head land.
Tapapakanga
Tapapakanga
An attractive coastal farm park, Tapapakanga has a rich Maori and European history and offers an accessible, pohutukawa edged beach on the western shores of the Firth of Thames.
Tawharanui
Tawharanui

Fishing is strictly prohibited along the northern coast line defined by the Tawharanui Marine Reserve. Most of the northern coastline is in the Marine Reserve. Large orange and white triangles mark the west and eastern boundaries. All Fishing and/or removal of shellfish, removal or destruction of driftwood, plant and marine animal life within the Tawharanui Marine Reserve area is strictly prohibited.

Tawhitokino
Tawhitokino
This is a good spot for fishing.
Waitakere Ranges
Waitakere Ranges
There are many opportunities for fishing in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park on both the west coast and Manuaku Harbour. Please follow safety guidelines when rock fishing.
Waitawa
Waitawa

Waitawa offers a range of fishing opportunities from the Waitawa Wharf, beaches and rocky headlands and is within the Auckland and Kermadec Fishery Management Area, or Auckland and Kermadec region.

Specific regional rules apply to all fishers in this area. All recreational fishers must stick to the legal regional catch limits for finfish, crayfish and shellfish, and can face penalties for overfishing.

Fishing and collecting seafood are among New Zealand's most popular recreational activities and important parts of our way of life.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for setting and enforcing recreational fishing rules. These rules keep New Zealand’s fisheries sustainable, ensuring they can be enjoyed by future generations.

Recreational fishing rules cover:
  • bag and catch limits
  • potting and netting methods
  • equipment
  • restricted and closed areas.

The rules are set by region and apply to all fishers in all areas of New Zealand waters. If you’re going fishing, the rules affect you.

The rules can, and do, change so it’s important you check them every time before you head out.

Important Notice

Snapper Fishing Rules change 1 April 2014

From April 1 2014 the fishing rules for the Snapper 1 region are changing. The Snapper 1 Region covers the East Coast of the North Island from East Cape to Cape Runaway, out to a distance of 200 nautical miles.

  • The snapper bag limit is changing to 7 and the legal minimum size is changing to 30cm.
  • No other bag and size limits are affected.

Find out more about legal requirements and penalties and restrictions.

Wenderholm
Wenderholm
Landbased fishing enthusiasts can try for kahawai and snapper at the mouth of the Puhoi River.
Whatipu
Whatipu
The Whatipu area is a Scientific Reserve owned by the Department of Conservation and managed on behalf by the Auckland Council Regional Parks. It is a spectacular area of coastal dunes and wetlands.