Big-game fishing in the Bay of Islands - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Urupukapuka

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Urupukapuka in the Video tab.

In the 1920s wealthy American author Zane Grey visited - and wrote about - Urupukapuka Island in the Bay of Islands. A keen big-game fisherman, Grey caught a 400-pound broadbill swordfish, and wrote a best-selling book that encouraged others to follow in his footsteps. Today the area remains popular for big-game fishing.

Related web links:
Bay of Islands

Big-game fishing
Zane Grey
Big-game fishing, Urupukapuka Island

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number Spectrum 688).

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way - their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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