+64 (0)27 205 4401 info@earlgreyfishing.co.nz


For action fishing in the beautiful Bay of Islands,
come fish with Captain Steve Butler


For action fishing in the beautiful Bay of Islands,
come fish with Captain Steve Butler


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• Shared and sole charters available
• All quality fishing gear supplied
• Most experienced charter skipper operating in the Bay
• Spacious 36 foot sportfish vessel, purpose built for the job
• Departing from Paihia, Waitangi or Russell wharf


Welcome to Earl Grey Fishing Charters

– as featured on Sir Peter Blake’s Favourite Places Documentary

Captain Steve has a worldwide reputation as a professional saltwater fishing guide. As the most experienced charter fishing guide in the Bay of Islands, with over 40 years charter fishing and local knowledge backing him, Steve knows where to take you for the best opportunity to catch your fish of choice.

Our 36 foot vessel, Earl Grey II is purpose built to the highest standard with a particularly spacious cockpit and functional design making it the ultimate fishing machine.

We are based in the Bay of Islands, Northland, New Zealand, 3 hours drive north of Auckland. Dotted with 144 islands and a myriad of secluded beaches, the entire region offers a fantastic opportunity to fish in waters that are rich with an abundance of sealife. It was for this reason legendary author and avid American fisherman, Zane Grey called it the Angler’s Eldorado.

We offer a full range of fishing options tailored to suit everyone’s individual needs including live baiting,cut bait ledger rigs, soft baiting, saltwater fly, light tackle, and jig fishing.


Are you ready for the thrill?


Whether you are after a Private charter or you prefer to join a Shared Charter group our goal it to provide the best possible individual fishing experience for everyone.

Both novice and experienced anglers are catered for on our charters. As your fishing guide, Captain Steve offers expert local knowledge for the discerning angler and patient tuition for the novice to ensure everyone has an equal opportunity to land their catch.

Family groups with children welcome

* Pick up from Paihia, Waitangi or Russell Wharf *

We are committed to providing best fishing opportunities and customer satisfaction. Your Captain Steve has a reputation for putting in the extra effort to make your day a success. Our excellent return clientele is testimony to this.

So for the best action fishing in the Bay of Islands come fish with us aboard Earl Grey II

This is our playground


Not surprisingly, these waters also attract Dolphin, Orca and various other Whales.

Southern Ocean bird life can also be seen throughout the year including Albatross, Sooty Shearwaters and Pacific Blue Penguins. 


  • Yellowtail Kingfish
  • Snapper
  • John Dory
  • Kahawai, New Zealand’s Trout of the Sea
  • Golden Snapper
  • Mao Mao (Pink & Blue)
  • Trevally
  • Hapuka (Groper)
  • Marlin *seasonal
  • Tuna *seasonal
  • Sharks
Huge Kingi
Fresh Sea King Fish
Pulling in a big fish

Contact US


Wendy & Steve Butler

Email: fish@earlgreyfishing.co.nz

Phone (within NZ): 027 205 4401

Phone (from outside NZ) +64 27 205 4401