A fishing trip with Dove Charters aboard the Dove, Clansman or Wild Goose III will provide you with a fishing experience like no other.

Our Skippers have over 60 years combined experience fishing the west coast waters of Kawhia, North Island, New Zealand.

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Snapper Trip

Snapper Trip

Full day 7am depart 4pm return

Kawhia is renowned as one of the top destinations to target Snapper, Dove, Clansman and Wildgoose III are all top performers in this fishery.

A typical Charter departs the Kawhia wharf at 7am crossing the Kawhia bar & returns around 4pm, you can fish & relax all year round while enjoying plentiful catches of Snapper, Gurnard & Kahawai. The daily limit is 10 Snapper per person & 20 other fish.

We have Snapper rods available for hire with tackle & also bait available to purchase (bonito & squid). Your charter also includes ice & large fish bins for your use while on board as well as tea & coffee on request.

Prices

Clansman Max 16 people

  • Group Charter $1600 
  • Shared/Individual
    $120 per person
  • Rod hire $15 per person
  • Bait $15 per person

Wild Goose III Max 16 people

  • Group Charter $1600
  • Shared/Individual
    $120 per person
  • Rod hire $15 per person
  • Bait $15 per person

Dove Max 14 people

  • Group Charter $1500
  • Shared/Individual $120 per person
  • Rod hire $15 per person
  • Bait $15 per person

What to bring

  • Fishing Rod (boat rod 15-24kg main line)
  • Tackle, 80lbs ledger rigs with 5/0 hooks or Flasher rigs, 10 ounce sinkers.
  • Bait preferred (bonito or squid)

  • Lunch / refreshments
  • Chilli bin to take fish home in (decent size)
  • Sunhat/ Glasses, Sunblock
  • Seasick pills
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The Skippers

Meet the Skippers who skillfully propel and navigate our beloved boats. You’re in capable hands when you’re on a Dove Charters Boat.

Dwade Pinny

Clansman

Fishing has always been in Dwade’s blood, with successfully starting Dove Charters at the age of 21.

Now with over 20 years’ experience under his belt crossing the Kawhia bar & fishing the west coast waters of the Tasman sea makes him a very competent & knowledgeable Skipper.

Dwade is very competitive especially with the other 2 boats & enjoys it when he & his customers are the first back to the wharf with their limit of fish.

Dennis Pinny

Wild Goose III

Dennis has been with Dove Charters from the Start & has over 40 years’ experience fishing from Kawhia. He’s always got a smile on his face & enjoys interacting & yarning to the fellow fishermen on board.

Dennis first started skippering the Dove which became a part of him, we never thought we would get him off, then along came the Wild Goose III & he hasn’t looked back.

Lawrence Puhi

Dove

Lawrence started working with Dove Charters after years of commercial fishing out of Kawhia, he started as a deckhand & is now the Skipper of the Dove.

Lawrence is renowned for his story’s & his infectious laugh, there is never a dull day on the boat when Lawrence is around, he is always at the ready to take your fish off & untangle lines.

The Boats

All our boats are designed for west coast fishing & crossing the Kawhia bar with your comfort & safety in mind.

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The Dove

The Dove is a custom built 38 ft Morgan, built in Picton and launched in 1980 and well suited for inshore fishing.


• Powered by a 320 HP Caterpillar engine, it has a cruising speed of 12 knots with a top speed of over 16 knots.
• Full walk around non slip deck. There is plenty of fishing room for 10 – 12 people.
• Comfortable seating is provided under an all weather canopy.
• Two berths & toilet available inside the cabin.

Clansman

Clansman is Kawhia’s biggest & most luxurious charter boat, built in 1994 in Picton by Carey’s Boat Yard.


• 45ft in length, powered by a 563hp Scania which has a cruising speed of 12 to 15 knots.
• The Clansman can fish up to 12 people comfortably but can take a max of 16, with ample seating inside the cabin.
• With all the comforts of home, the Clansman provides a flushing toilet, hot shower, gas oven, stove & BBQ – plus seven berths for overnight trips.

Wild Goose III

Wild Goose III is the latest addition to the fleet.


• 46ft Randell powered by a 450hp John Deere engine with a top speed of 20 knots.
• Can fish up to 16 people with around 12 being more comfortable.
• Large fishing deck with seating for your comfort with a large canopy,
• accessible toilet, tea & coffee facilities & BBQ.

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 Snapper Trip

Group Charter – is when your group (1- max fisherman) will be the only clients on the boat.
Shared/Individual Charter – is when you or a small group share the boat with others.

 

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