Half, Full Day & Evening Trips


24 Hour Overnight Trips


Half, Full Day & Evening Trips


24 Hour Overnight Trips



If you are looking for a great value fishing charter in the Bay of Plenty, you’ve come to the right place!
Put yourself in the picture…..stunning scenery, white sandy beaches, rugged unspoiled islands.
You are on a safe and comfortable charter vessel, the wind in your hair, the smell of salt air and a fish tugging at your line… are in paradise……..
With Blue Ocean Charters you can live the New Zealand fishing adventure.


Blue Ocean Charters commercially ticketed Skippers are available to take you out fishing and boating in the beautiful Bay of Plenty.
They are very experienced boat handlers, keen fishermen, and love being out on the water.
Whether it is the fishing hot-spots you are targeting, a cruise around the harbour or the offshore islands, spectacular diving or just relaxing with friends on the water, these guys with their wealth of knowledge will ensure you have the best day possible.


In the early 1930’s a man called Jerry Williams owned a small vessel, the Omokoroa.

Local people started pressuring him to take them out on fishing trips, and it soon became apparent that a purpose-built charter boat would be ideal for fishing trips and to also take over the barging work which was very necessary on the harbour in those days.

Ratahi, Tauranga’s first charter boat was built in 1938 by Jerry Williams, specifically for running line-fishing trips out of Tauranga and Mount Maunganui and providing a ferry service to Mayor Island and Motiti Island.


Te Kuia

In 1978 the Te Kuia was commisioned and remains running the fishing and Island services to this day.  She is one of the most popular charter fishing vessels in Tauranga, comfortable and solidly built of kauri, with extensive (mostly covered) seating areas, a huge back cabin, a convenient galley and a large BBQ.

She caters for individuals on public half day and full day reef fishing trips and charter groups of up to 35 people.  The vessel is also set up to do overnight trips for up to 10 people with accomodation on board we specialise in overnight reef fishing around Motiti and overnight bluenose fishing around Mayor Island. Te Kuia is available for day trips to Tuhua (Mayor Island). Overnight or multiday stopovers can be arranged to Tuhua, Slipper Island and Motiti Island for around 50 to 60 people.

In harbour trips can also be arranged for fishing or sightseeing. Ratahi has recently been sold and now operates from Waiuku under Manukau Charters.




Freephone: 0800 224 278
From overseas: +64 7 544 3072


Alternative contact number:
027 477 3366 (mobile)

Blue Ocean Charters Ltd
PO Box 13100
Tauranga 3141
New Zealand