Welcome to Tasman Charters

Tasman Charters specialise in fishing charters, diving, harbour cruises, sightseeing trips, and commercial work in the coastal waters at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. We primarily operate around Nelson, Tasman Bay, the Abel Tasman National Park, D'Urville Island, and the Marlborough Sounds, and also provide commercial boating services.

Tasman Charters Fishing Charter Boat

The Boat

Aboard our 14 metre boat, "Desperate Measures" you'll find a large expansive deck, BBQ, beverage station, hot shower, and toilet, with a large fishing and diving platform. We fully accommodate for up to 12 passengers on the large deck and in the comfortable and spacious interior. Our large canopy can provide all-day sun cover.

The Crew

Owned and operated by Craig Tatnell out of D'Urville Island. Craig leads a dedicated and professional crew who have years of experience in the industry. This ensures you will have a exciting and safe time out on the water with outstanding hospitality and service. Craig and his partner Cathy also own and operate the D'Urville Island Wilderness Resort.

The Country

The Tasman region is famous for its natural beauty and Tasman Charters specialises in fishing and diving trips to Nelson, D'Urville Island, Tasman Bay, the Abel Tasman National Park, and the Marlborough Sounds. We can offer special charter and accommodation package deals between Nelson and our home base at the D'Urville Island Wilderness Resort.

Our Services

Fishing Charters


We only fish in the best spots, and with all the latest equipment, tackle and bait, so you're sure to come home satisfied. We provide adventures to D'Urville Island, the Marlborough Sounds, the Tasman Bay and beyond for full-day, overnight, or extended fishing trips. We also provide charter and accommodation package deals in combination with the D'Urville Island Wilderness Resort.

Diving Charters


Tasman Charters can accommodate 10 divers and 20 bottles per trip to stunning local destinations including Tasman Bay, D'Urville Island, and the Abel Tasman National Park. Our crew know all the best spots to dive and our charter boat features an expansive fishing and diving platform with large canopy cover to keep you sheltered throughout the day.

Mountain Biking & Kayaking

Mountain Biking & Kayak Transport

Tasman Charters offer drop-off and pick-up services for mountain bikers and kayakers between D'Urville Island, Nelson, the Marlborough Sounds, and French Pass, with the option of staying overnight at the D'Urville Island Wilderness Resort. Our charter boat has an expansive rear deck to accommodate plenty of bikes or kayaks and all your gear.

Commercial Work

The Tasman Charters vessel is also designed for commercial work with a large onboard capacity, 14 metres in length, and a 5 metre beam. We are available for coastal surveying, commercial transportation of people and goods, and as a convenient water taxi to the Abel Tasman National Park, D'Urville Island, and Marlborough Sounds from Port Nelson.

D'Urville Island Wildreness Resort

D'Urville Island

Craig and Cathy also own the D'Urville Island Wilderness Resort and whether you are wanting a full-day adventure or an overnight package, Tasman Charters can provide special travel, charter, and accommodation package deals between Nelson and D'Urville Island. D'Urville Island is an incredible place to visit for sightseeing, fishing, and diving experiences.

Marlborough Sounds Charters

Marlborough Sounds

Explore the stunning Marlborough Sounds with single or multi-day fishing, diving, and sightseeing trips available. With its vast network of submerged mountain valleys, numerous islands and tranquil sheltered bays, bush-clad hills and almost 1500km of deep-water coastline to explore, the Marlborough Sounds are truely a fishing, diving, and sightseeing paradise.

Abel Tasman Charters

Abel Tasman National Park

Enjoy a BBQ and a swim in one of the most spectacular national parks in the world. The Abel Tasman offers superb sightseeing and diving adventures where you can find your very own beach for the day, and it's only an hour away from Port Nelson. We offer fishing, diving, and sightseeing experiences in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Port Nelson Harbour Cruises

Port Nelson Harbour Cruises

Tasman Charters operate from Port Nelson and can provide a unique way to experience Nelson's harbour and impress clients and staff with fully-catered harbour cruises. Experience the Boulder Bank, the Nelson Lighthouse, and Fifeshire Rock up close, check out Haulashore Island, or venture out into Tasman Bay with full-catered cruises designed to impress.

Tasman Bay Fishing Tours

Tasman Bay

Tasman Bay offers some of the most incredible fishing in the upper South Island of New Zealand. A day on the water with Tasman Charters is a great way to experience Tasman Bay with expert fishing advice and modern gear, bait, and tackle to ensure you come home not only with a feed, but an experince to remember for years to come.

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