NZ Fishing World home
NZ Fishing World

Auckland Kayak Spots - Sullivans Bay

November 13, 2019
Auckland Kayak Spots - Sullivans Bay

Situated on the east coast about 35 minutes or 50km north from the Harbour Bridge you will find a hidden gem of a place called Sullivans Bay, also know as Mahurangi Regional Park.

So where to find the fish?

The park sits just inside the Mahurangi harbour giving you multiple options but here are couple of the more productive spots to head to.

1.The Hole

Directly opposite the beach you launch from you will see the opposite shoreline. It’s very rocky, quickly turning into a cliff with farmland on the top.

Start paddling in that direction keeping an eye on your fish-finder. You are not so much looking for fish – although if you do spot fish sign then park the paddle and get fishing!

You are looking for a change of depth. Out from the shore on the far side is a hole. It’s not deep but it is quite large and at most times of the year it will hold fish.

Again, not monstrously large fish, but good fish that will make a good feed any day of the week.

2.Between the Islands

Out to your right when you launch you will see two islands. The larger is called Saddle Island due to the shape of the island.

The smaller more pointed one is called Pudding Island. This island can be reached on foot at low tide and you’ll often see land based fishers basing themselves there.

Paddle over towards Saddle Island but keep to the south side of the channel.

Once you are out as far as Pudding Island then start to go out further north and you’ll quickly find yourself in the middle of the channel and start looking for those fish.

Caution is needed though, the Mahurangi Harbour is vast and a lot of water flows in and out during the tides, so ensure you treat this current with respect.

At the top of the tide and mid channel you will find yourself being pushed along quite quickly. It is a fairly quiet harbour, boat traffic wise, but ensure you are alert to any boat traffic when fishing in the channel also.

3.Around the Back

If the open ocean is more your thing then head out to the piece of water behind Saddle Island.

Paddle out of the harbour between Saddle and Pudding islands and hang a left.

Initially keep close to Saddle Island and set yourself up for a slow drift off the back so you are edging towards the open water and keep and eye on your electronics for the weed line.

The bottom starts off rocky close to the island, then changes to weed, then it opens to clear sand. It’s this weed edge that you want to target.

The fish will sit in the weed along this edge waiting for a tasty morsel to drift by so get your softbaits and lures along this edge to tempt out your prey.

There’s no boat ramp at Sullivans Bay but there is easy level access from the car park, simply load your kayak on your trolley and pull it the 50 meters or so to the sandy beach ready for launching.

The park is closed by a timed gate, which is opened at 6:00am and closes at 9:00pm in the summer and 7:00pm in the winter. If early and late fishing is your thing, within the park there is a small DOC managed campground.

Be warned though it does book up quickly in the summer and weekends.

Related posts

How to get back on your SOT kayak with Paddle Guy & Dave
In this video Dave from Fergs kayaks Wellington NZ shows us a few tips on how to get back into your sit on top kayak in the case of a capsize...NOTE: this video is just a quick reference, it is highly recommended that you take a course to get the full understanding of how to self rescue quickly and safely.
How to fish soft baits from a kayak
Soft baits and kayaks go hand in hand. The stealth of the kayak and its ability to get in close where fish are feeding makes it a perfect match for soft bait fishing techniques. Catch Fishing and Stephen Tapp from Viking Kayaks presents a bit about targeting fish from a kayak, and how it's done right. Stephen is one of, if not the, best kayak fisherman in NZ, and you can learn a lot just watching the master in action.
How to load and unload your kayak
Loading your Viking kayak does not have to be hard work nor is it essential to have expensive loading this short video Stephen Tapp shows how he loads his Profish Reload without fuss.
Jigging kayak kingfish in the Far North
A classic Saltwater Assassin aka Lee Kennedy kayak vid. Enjoy.
Auckland Kayak Spots - Army Bay
Located on the north side of the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, you will find a small sheltered sandy bay called Army Bay.
Auckland Kayak Spots - Martins Bay
Located around an hour or 70km north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge is a large sheltered bay, which opens up many fishing spots for both kayaks and boats.
All Related

See Also

Suzuki Clean Ocean Project
Suzuki Develops the World's First Micro-Plastic Collecting Device for Outboard Motors: Suzuki Motor Corporation has developed the world’s first* Micro-Plastic Collecting Device which can be installed on outboard motors. Marine plastic waste has become a significant environmental issue in the recent years and a huge amount of such wastes that has not been gathered correctly flow into the ocean. They are then broken down into micro-plastic under the natural environment and their impact on the ecological system is also becoming a concern. To tackle these issues, we focused on the structure of the outboard motor, which pumps up tons of seawater to cool the engine and then returned to the ocean. We developed a collecting device which collects micro-plastic waste by utilizing the returning water. Through this device, micro-plastic waste around the water surfaces can be collected just by running the boat.
How to: Night jigging for bluefin tuna
Night jigging for bluefin has been a successful method for catching these fish when they are feeding down deeper at night, and gives you the option to double your opportunities once you've travelled all the way to the tuna, or when they are just not coming up to hit trolled lures. Here's a few tips on how they rig and the lures used overseas, that will absolutely work here in NZ, as proven by young angler Flyn Jack recently.
How to fly fish nymphs with an indicator
Fresh water
Tom Rosenbauer discusses the uses of various indicators and how they are used to successfully nymph fish different parts of the water column for trout.
How to find trout in a river
Fresh water
Here's an excellent 30 minute comprehensive guide from Orvis, with some great information relevant to rivers anywhere, on where to look for trout.
The Lateral Line: EP #29
The boys are on a 4 day fishing mission in a harbour they were land based fishing a month or so back. Milan managed to land a nice Trevally from the beach so the boys reckon they should have a tonne of fun fishing the harbour in the boat. The fishing was harder then expected so Milan comes up with a crazy idea to catch something different and ends up stuck in the mud.
The Lateral Line: EP #28
The boys are fishing in an area they have both heavily fished in years gone by. Both Nathan and Milan haven’t fished the area in over 2 years. This particular part of the Bay Of Plenty is about to become a marine reserve and the boys are super keen to fish it just one more time before it’s locked down to fishing. The dream being to land one last jumbo King Fish for old times sake. Excitement levels start peaking as multiple schools of Kahawai come to the surface to feed late in the afternoon. Top water lures are cast around the schools of feeding Kahawai trying to provoke a bite from New Zealand’s yellow tail King Fish.
All Posts

Drop NZ Fishing World a line!

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.