The Best of Tauranga: 10 amazing attractions and activities

The Best of Tauranga: 10 amazing attractions and activities

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Tauranga is a mecca for fishing enthusiasts from all over the world. Situated on the edge of the Pacific Ocean, Tauranga offers anglers the opportunity to target a wide variety of both saltwater and freshwater fish species. In this blog post, we'll give you a rundown of some of the best places to fish in Tauranga so that you can make the most of your time on the water.

Bay of Plenty-Saltwater Fishing in Tauranga

The Bay of Plenty is one of the most productive fishing grounds in New Zealand, and Tauranga lies right at its heart. There are a number of different ways to access the bountiful waters of the bay - by boat, kayak, or even from the shore. Whichever way you choose to fish, you're sure to be rewarded with a fantastic day out on the water. Here are some of our top picks for saltwater fishing spots in Tauranga:

Matakana Island

Situated just a short boat ride from downtown Tauranga, Matakana Island is a real hidden gem when it comes to saltwater fishing. A predator's paradise, Matakana Island is teeming with trophy-sized kingfish, snapper, and yellowtail. It's also worth targeting species such as kahawai and John Dory, which can often be found feeding in the clear waters around the island. A word of caution - Matakana Island is also home to a large number of sharks, so be sure to take appropriate precautions if you're planning on fishing here!

Freshwater Fishing in Tauranga

In addition to being renowned for its saltwater fishing, Tauranga is also home to a number of world-class trout fisheries. If you're after an idyllic day spent fly-fishing in crystal clear waters surrounded by breathtaking scenery, then look no further than Tauranga's many superb freshwater rivers and streams. Here are just a few of our favorites:                                                                                                                                                              

Of all the places to fish in New Zealand, few can rival the Marlborough Sounds for sheer beauty. Located just a short drive from downtown Tauranga, the sounds offer anglers easy access to remote backcountry rivers brimming with wild brown and rainbow trout. A true angler's paradise!

The Rangitikei River is one of New Zealand's longest rivers and is renowned for its large brown trout - many of which exceed 10lbs! The upper reaches of the river are accessible by 4WD vehicles and offer anglers solitude and amazing scenery. The lower sections can be reached by road and offer more easily accessible trout fishing - perfect if you're short on time or not keen on long hikes into remote backcountry areas.

While technically not located in Tauranga, Lake Taupo is less than two hours' drive away and well worth mentioning as it offers some truly world-class trout fishing experiences. As New Zealand's largest lake, Taupo is home to massive rainbow trout, which can often exceed 20lbs! For those anglers wanting to land themselves a once-in-a-lifetime trophy fish, there's nowhere better than Lake Taupo!

Tauranga really is an Anglers paradise - whether you're after world-class saltwater or freshwater fishing experiences (or both!), you'll find everything you need right here. Grab your gear and head on down to Tauranga for an unforgettable fishing adventure!

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