Big Snapper Spot: The Graveyard



The mighty Kaipara is the largest harbour in Godzone and one of the largest harbours in the world. Infamously renown as a dangerous and intimidating place for the keen fisherman to venture. However, it is here that some of the country’s best snapper fishing can also be found.

The Kaipara Harbour sits to the west of Auckland. Its large estuary complex sucks out between the North and South Head that is six kilometres across, with currents up to five knots and a massive tidal movement around 7.9 million cubic metres a day.

The harbour head is indeed a hostile place with massive waves breaking over the large sandbanks two – five kilometres from shore. These sandbanks shift position constantly and this area is known locally as the “graveyard”. It is responsible for more shipwrecks than any other place in New Zealand with over 40 vessels going down to their unfortunate grave.

So do you still want to go fishing here? Well if you pick the right weather window and time of the year then the trip is well worth the effort. The snapper fishing here can be mind blowing and hands down some of the best I have ever had for consistently catching big fish.

Check out the full article in the latest issue – The Snapper Guru Guide #2