Memorable fishing experiences while visiting Kaikoura

for a friendly trip full of success

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Welcome to Top Catch Fishing Charters - Kaikoura

Welcome to Top Catch Kaikoura where you can expect a great day on the ocean aboard our purpose built 6.2m Osprey Boat, “First Light”. Your fully qualified skipper, Malcolm Halstead, has 35 years’ experience fishing in the waters of the South Island of New Zealand. It is Malcolm’s goal to make sure you have a memorable fishing experience while visiting Kaikoura.

Our trips all leave from the safe port of South Bay Kaikoura which has recently undergone a $6 million revamp. Once on the water it is a short trip to our abundant fishing grounds where you can expect some truly exceptional fishing action. All this is going on while in the breath taking scenic back drop of the Seaward Kaikoura ranges including the majestic Mount Fyffe. All you need to bring is your camera and any refreshments you require as the rest is supplied by us. We will even bait the hooks and remove your fish to get you back in the action as soon as possible.

The fishing has to be seen to be believed with good catches of Perch and Blue Cod to be expected along with the once in a lifetime experience of assisting with the checking of some craypots. You will be encouraged to help out with the pots to get a feel for how this industry works.


We specialise in hosting fishing tours for groups of two to six people along the spectacular, rugged coastline of Kaikoura, New Zealand.


Our rates are as follows:

$110 for a two hour trip, $130 for a three hour trip and $150 for a four hour trip (rates are per person and stated in NZD).

All trips require a minimum of two anglers.

We also offer the following adventures


Game fishing for Sharks (Blue and Mako). November to February. All sharks are released after capture and photographs. Full game fishing gear supplied. $750 for a four hour trip with two anglers.


Ladies trips.
Fish for two hours then enjoy a glass of bubbles on us in a sheltered bay while we prepare your catch. 4 Ladies max. Show the rest of the family how to put fish on the table. $600 for a three hour trip.


Take a kid fishing.
Two hour trip for two adults and two kids. Make a memory of a life time with your offspring. $300.


Freediving trips. 
Maximum of four divers per trip. You will need your own dive gear, we will supply the transport to the hot spots. Four hour trip for $750.


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