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New Zealand Coastline, Freshwater and types of fish

New Zealand has 15,811 km (9824 miles) of coastline, which means great saltwater fishing. The country is also criss-crossed with rivers and lakes, making for the best fresh water fishing in the world.

Types of fish

Types of fish found in New Zealand waters include:

Saltwater Fish Species

Barracouta; bass; blue cod; blue maomao; blue moki; blue mackerel; bluenose warehou; grey mullet; gurnard; hapuku; jack mackerel; john dory; kahawai; red cod; snapper; tarakihi; trumpeter; yellowtail kingfish; warehou; trevally; parore

Bill Fish

Black, blue and striped marlin; broadbill swordfish


Albacore: skipjack; yellowfin; bigeye; Southern bluefin


Blue; mako; bronze whaler; hammerhead; spotted dogfish; tope (school shark); white; thresher

Freshwater Fish Species

Brown, rainbow and brook trout; perch; rudd; tench

Further Information

Pictures and information on all of these can be found at the Fish NZ website.

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