Landbased in Tawharanui

Took my mate Tim fishing in early March. We drove to Tawharanui peninsular which is about an hour drive from Albany and is one of Auckland’s many Regional Parks. Tim is a young, aspiring scientist from Cologne, Germany and is making the most out of his visit to New Zealand. Within a space of 2 months after arrival, he’s been to the Coromandel and Great Barrier Island. I’ve been fishing this specific spot for a while now; it is pretty much always productive with some action from Kahawai and the odd snapper. We hiked from the main car park for about an hour, walking over the hills to the trig and through the bush to the cliffs around Takatu Point, which marks the tip of the peninsular.

We fished off this rock

After a bit of a climb down the cliff we started getting our gear together and deployed the salmon burely. It didn’t take long until the Kahawai came onto the bite. Tim was, considering he hasn’t used a rod and reel, doing a good job and played the fish well. We kept catching and releasing Kahawai for a while until we started hooking up on some pan-sized snapper.   

A good day of rock fishing, 3 snaps and a kahawai

The fishing turned out to be better than anticipated and although they were still biting we called it a day and gave way to some kids and teenagers, who were suddenly standing next to us. They were polite, started fishing off a rock close by, but after having no action and seeing us hooking up they decided to come and cast right next to us. But hey, we already had enough to eat and left them to it. Here are some more pictures.

A good place to dive
A shelter for rainy days

9 thoughts on “Landbased in Tawharanui”

  1. Hi Ben,

    Nice site with some great photos. A bit envious of all the time you dedicate to fishing.

    Have fished Takatu point several times catching Kahawai, Snapper and also Hiwi hiwis and a Moray eel. Just wondering where the rock you fished from is located – wouldn’t mind giving it a go. Is it to the south of the point?


    1. Hi Geoff, thanks for your comment. Take a right on the last fork, before heading to the takatu lookout. After a 5-10 min walk you end up at the coast line, you can go left toward takatu point lookout or right toward Elephant rock. It might be difficult to see, but try going straight. The track is initially difficult to see but once you’re on it it’s clear that it leads down to the ledge. I’ve seen over the years more and more people fishing there and only found the track after a mate showed it to me.

      But yeah, look out for a man made track. You walk like 1 min and arrive at a small ridge with a drop to right and left, once you crossed that you’ll keep on going straight and will see the track down. It is an easy climb down, so if it appears difficult you’re not on the track…

      It’s funny, I was never able to get to fish takatu point, never really figured out how to go around that big rock once you’re on the beach at takatu (with the marine reserve sign just on the left).

      Good luck, cheers, B

        1. hey nick, take a right. good luck, it’s not the easiest track to find. But it is an easy grade, safe track down. I remember having a few goes there before I found it. cheers, Ben

    1. Hey Andy, I haven’t been there for a long time. You had to work yourself through a some bushes to see the track, I suppose that is very overgrown now. Don’t have gps either. I read about that spot online and a friend described also to me where it was exactly and it still took a handful attempts to find it. If things haven’t changed, it was the last fork toward Tokatu point (take a right). I’ve also went straight down at Tokatu, down from look out. In hindsight, it was a bit dangerous.

      Good luck, Elephant point is just next to the spot, and that is supposedly also an easy spot to get to, I never managed. So yeah, if you’re on the coast and you see to your right a rock that resembles the face of an elephant, walk to the cliff’s edge and see if you can identify a track.

      Cheers, Ben

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