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Ben gets some fishing tips.
Ben gets some fishing tips.
The beautiful Bay.
Taking off for a spot of fishing.

Kingfish Lodge

Thursday, March 14, 2002
Apart from the beauty of the pristine Bay, we give you one of New Zealand's top attractions — perfect for a spot of fishing.

The Bay of Islands, about 250km north of Auckland along the East Coast Highway, is one of New Zealand's top attractions. Development in the area has been limited to the mainland, keeping the 150 islands as pristine as possible.

Apart from the beauty of the Bay, it has historic significance. It was the place of New Zealand's first permanent English settlement with the arrival of the 500 tonne English sailing ship Boyd in 1809. It is where the Treaty of Waitangi was drawn up and signed by 46 Maori chiefs in 1840. The Treaty is still the linchpin of race relations between New Zealanders.

Zane Grey, the American author and adventurer, visited the Bay of Islands in 1926 and predicted it would become the most famous of all fishing waters, possibly because he landed a 50kg yellowtail there. It has since been referred to as "an angler's El Dorado" after the book he wrote.

The Bay of Islands is a mecca for those hoping to land the big fish. Yellowtail kingfish run year round, yellowfin tuna from December to March, sharks from November to May, and January to the end of April is marlin season — the striped, black and blue marlin are prized catches.

Kingfish Lodge in Whangaroa Harbour is New Zealand's oldest coastal fishing lodge, offering comfortable accommodation since 1945. Whangaroa Harbour is the country's largest deepwater, all-weather anchorage, and in the early 1900s it was an extremely prolific sport-fishing ground.

Kingfish Lodge has 12 guestrooms, each with ensuite, and each with harbour views. They offer double, twin, single or family rooms. Privacy is assured as access is by water only — a 15-minute scenic cruise up the harbour is your introduction to the haven. The decor is very English with the use of soft, fresh fabrics and amazingly comfortable beds. The Lodge's owners, Eb and Geraldine Leary, have the philosophy that you arrive as a guest and leave as a friend. They certainly offer a variety of activities for visitors. There are kayaks, small boats for light sport fishing in the harbour, saltwater fly fishing, sailboating, snorkelling, scuba diving, claybird shooting, nature walks, golf, and the main attraction is, of course, big-game fishing.

Kingfish Lodge has an extensive and impressive menu that changes daily. They use the very best of New Zealand's seafood and game, and serve local and imported wines. Special dietary requirements are catered for and the chef will prepare and cook your catch if you wish.

Location

250km north of Auckland on New Zealand's north island.

Cost

Kingfish Lodge room prices start at around $220 a double a night. Fishing charters start at $1000 a day.
Qantas flies daily to Auckland. Return economy airfares start at $549 from the east coast, $749 from Adelaide and $949 from Perth, per person.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

More information

Kingfish Lodge
Ph: 0011 64 9 405 0164
Fax: 0011 64 9 405 0163
Website: www.nzinfo.com/kingfish
For a safe and healthy journey, talk to the travel doctor: 1300 658 844 or visit traveldoctor.com.au
Vaccinations: Tetanus and Measles if under 30 years and no previous booster. A small medical kit contain remedies for minor problems can save time and worry.

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