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 and follow all Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) regulations

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.
Atiu Creek
Atiu Creek

Fishing is permitted at Atiu Creek. The headlands and rocky outcrops between Solomon’s Bay and Mullet Creek offer the deepest water for surfcasting. Caution is required when near the water as the tidal currents are strong and dangerous. Fishing is limited to the time around high tide due to the long mudflats that run out several hundred metres from the shoreline. Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) regulations apply.

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.
Long Bay
Long Bay

Fishing is prohibited in all areas of Long Bay Regional Park as the Long Bay Okura Marine Reserve runs along the park’s entire coastline.

Mahurangi
Mahurangi

Land based fishing enthusiasts can try for kahawai and snapper from the rocky outcrops of Mahurangi. Pudding Island can be fished over the low tide but extreme care is required from an incoming tide. Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) regulations apply.

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

Scandrett offers some good fishing opportunities with fishing being very popular from the rock shelf below Mullet Point. Tide awareness is very important here as the area can be cut off at high tide. Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) regulations apply.

Shakespear
Shakespear

Fishing is permitted and is a popular activity at Shakespear – Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) conditions apply. At high tide you can surf cast off Army Bay. From Te Haruhi Bay walk 5 minutes west around the rocks to the point. At low tide; from Army Bay walk 10 minutes east around the rocks or walk through the park to the Pink Beach access, then continue to either headland.

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

Tawharanui offers some good fishing opportunities on the south coast. Fishing is strictly prohibited along the northern coastline defined by the Tawharanui Marine Reserve. Most of the northern coastline is in the Marine Reserve. Large yellow triangles mark the western 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.

Other Coastlines: Customers need to be aware of the fishing and non-fishing areas. Fishing along coastlines outside of the Marine Reserve is permitted and Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) regulations apply.

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

Land based fishing enthusiasts can try for kahawai and snapper at the mouth of the Puhoi River. Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) rules and regulations apply.

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.