Below are a few testimonials from some of our happy clients…

Greg Morton – NZ Fishing News Columnist 2013

Greg Morton - NZ Fishing News Columnist 2013The business card of Moeraki Fishing Charters is pinned on my noticeboard with my other essential contact addresses.
They are my “go to” fishing experts and over the years have provided me with quality service, great fishing, and great adventures.
With their new boat Callum and Kirsten have thrown in more speed and more comfort to the mix.
An A plus organisation.

Carol Young – Cromwell

Hi Kirsten and Callum,

Well I can handle that sort of fishing any time!

With the rod handed to me baited and ready to go, and the fish dealt with … all I had to do was catch them … and we did.

The weather was superb, the sea calm, and we came home with all this filleted blue cod. WOW!

I’m sorry we didn’t meet you personally Kirsten, but thank you for being so helpful on the phone, in spite of it being school holidays. I hope they are going well.

Regards from Anthony and myself..

Gretchen Mark-Dear – Queenstown

We LOVED our trip out today Kirsten and we will be back and we will be spreading the word!
Thank you to Callum and Keiran, they looked after us so
Everything was beaut and we have just had fish caught this morning for our tea! Yum! Yum!
Thank you so much! It was awesome!

Day Tour & Package Prices

Prices and Booking information:

MV Aari

The cost for a charter on the MV Aari is $160.00 per person (Saturdays and Public Holidays). $150 per person all other days.
This price includes rod and reel hire, morning tea and tea/coffee on board.

Aari can take up to 12 passengers. Please contact us for more information if you have a larger group.

Moeraki Fishing Charters is available for fishing charters 7 days a week leaving the wharf around 7am and returning around lunchtime.

Please freephone us on (0800) MOERAKI (663 7254) or use the contact page to make any enquiries for further information.

Day Tours

MV Aari

The cost for a charter on the MV Aari is as follows:
Saturdays and Public Holidays $160 per person
All other days $150.
This price includes rod and reel hire and light refreshments on the boat

Aari can take up to 12 passengers. Please contact us for more information if you have a larger group.

You will need to bring warm clothing, sunscreen, hats and of course a chilli bin to take away your fresh fish.

Overnight Packages

We are not currently running any package tours. We are happy to help out with accommodation and meal arrangements for your group so please contact us to discuss.

Moeraki has lots of great options to suit all budgets.

Watch this space as we hope to have specials in the Autumn

Corporate Fishing Trips

Moeraki is a great place for business meetings so why not incorporate a fishing charter with this.\

We are happy to organise accommodation, meals and catering for any size group.

The MV Aari is a great boat for corporate groups as it has a full kitchen and seating inside and easy access toilet facilities off the main deck. It is warm and comfortable with full covers out the back along with drop down sides to provide excellent shelter.

Suitable accommodation and venues can be arranged for meetings and catering can be arranged through us.

Please contact us with your requirements and we can tailor a package to suit.

Family Groups

Family GroupsWhy not treat the family to a fishing and sightseeing trip with us.

Moeraki is a great place to come and stay with children with excellent beaches and walks around the area.

It is a great experience to take a kid fishing and you will get some great photo’s and memories of your weekend in Moeraki.

Moeraki also has excellent holiday rental accommodation with houses suitable for family groups and at reasonable rates.

Contact us now to arrange your next school holiday trip away to Moeraki.

Cost of day trips:

Adults $150-160 per person
Children $100 per person (under 14 years)
Price includes all fishing gear and morning tea.

Fishing & Sightseeing Tours

Fishing & Sightseeing ToursMoeraki not only has amazing fishing but also great birds, wildlife and coastline to explore.

Come out and not only catch fresh fish for your dinner but see albatross, and the beautiful coastline of Moeraki.

Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Prices are:
Adults $160 per person (Saturdays and Public Holidays – $150 all other days)
Children $100 per person (under 14)
Prices include all fishing gear and morning tea.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is all the fishing gear supplied?
Yes the prices for our charter include rod/reel hire and bait.

Is the accommodation in Moeraki?
Yes all accommodation for our package deal is in Moeraki unless you request another location.

Where is the accommodation?
We deal through the local Motels in Moeraki and depending on the size of the group it will either be at the Motels or a local holiday house which is managed by the Motels. We also arrange accommodation in Hampden which is another excellent location just a four minute drive from Moeraki.

Do I need to bring bedding?
No all bedding and towels are included in the package

What meals are included with the package?
A continental breakfast will be supplied at your accommodation. Your evening meal is a selection of the main menu board at the Moeraki Tavern. Morning tea and lunch assortment supplied on the charter.

What sort of fish will we be targeting?
Blue cod and sea perch are our main species but you can also catch trumpeter, tarakahi and possibly groper.

What other sea life or bird life will I see on our charter?
Albatross and mollymawks. Cape pigeons, giant petrel, muttonbirds and sea shags. Seals and Sea Lions. Dolphins are often seen over the summer months.

What do I need to bring on my charter?
Warm clothing and good footwear. Hats, sunglasses and sunscreen. A camera if you want to get some pictures of your trip. Cold refreshments.

Is there a toilet on board?

How long will my trip be?
You need to allow around 5 hours for your charter although this can vary depending on the marine/fishing conditions. Trips can also be tailored to suit your group so please ask.

If you have any other questions please feel free to phone us on 0800 MOERAKI (663 7254) or click here to send us an email. You can also download our flyer in PDF form by clicking here.

Our Boats


The Aari is a 40 foot alloy vessel and has a large deck space and excellent on board facilities including – good toilet facilities, large kitchen and inside seating area, full cover out the back and drop down covers, high deck railings along with brand new rods and Alvey reels.

It is fitted out with all the latest safety equipment including EPIRB (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon and Lifejackets and Life rings. We also have a VHF radio which is in contact with land. Cellphone coverage is also very extensive over the fishing grounds.

The MV Aari is issued with a Safe Ship Management Certificate from Maritime NZ (number 121045) to operate as a Charter Vessel in the Moeraki area.

The Aari is surveyed to take groups of up to 15 passengers.

About Moeraki Fishing Charters

Moeraki Fishing Charters has been running since 1991 in the small fishing village of Moeraki in North Otago running the MV Kiwa.

Prior to this the 37 foot  “KIWA” was a commercial fishing vessel used for crayfishing.

Kirsten and Callum purchased the business in 2009 and have been successfully running the MV Kiwa as a charter boat since then.

In February 2013 we were pleased with the arrival of the MV Aari to our team. Aari is a larger boat than the Kiwa and we look forward to being able to offer some different fishing trips on this boat. Watch this space for details. The MV Kiwa is still available by arrangement for groups of 8 and details of this can be found in our prices menu.

Our Team

Callum Buchanan

Callum BuchananCallum has been working on commercial fishing boats since High School. Callum holds a Commerical Launchmaster ticket with Maritime NZ along with Diesel Engineer and First Aid certificate.

Callum also spent several years living on Stewart Island and worked on the Stewart Island Ferry and Freight Boat. He also spent a number of years commercial fishing for cod and crayfish and paua diving in Stewart Island and up the coast to Fiordland. Callum now enjoys using his extensive fishing experience to take people on charters aboard his boats and would love to tell you stories about his fishing adventures.

Don’t forget to ask Callum about his Sub-Antarctic expedition.

When Callum isn’t taking charters fishing he is usually….. Fishing.

Kirsten Buchanan

Kirsten Buchanan Kirsten is the first point of contact for organising your fishing and sightseeing experience. Kirsten will help organise all aspects of your trip including meals and accommodation.

Kirsten is also the deckhand for Callum helping you out on board the Aari.


Moeraki Fishing Charters, Moeraki, Otago, New Zealand

Blue Cod

Moeraki is a great little fishing village in North Otago, approximately a one hour drive north of Dunedin and 3.5 hours south of Christchurch. It provides excellent fishing, sightseeing and leisure activities.

Come aboard the 40 foot fishing vessel “Aari” with Callum and his crew for a great day fishing and sightseeing around the coast of Moeraki. Moeraki offers great fishing, beautiful scenery and wildlife including albatross, seals, dolphins and more.

Blue cod, Sea Perch, Trumpeter and Terakihi are just some of the seafood in plentiful supply around Moeraki and Moeraki Fishing Charters would enjoy taking you out to catch these.

The best value fishing charter in the area. Moeraki is a must see when visiting Otago and what better way to see the amazing coastline than on a fishing and sightseeing charter with us.

Our trips go out 7 days a week (subject to weather and sufficient numbers) and we have options available for those wanting to customize there fishing and sightseeing experience with us.

Moeraki Fishing Charters aim is to provide you with an excellent day fishing and sightseeing as well as plenty of fresh fish for your frypan.

Check out our prices now or contact us if you would like further information