Some of the best fishing around the top of the South Island happens in the Marlborough Sounds, and Tasman Charters know all the best fishing spots to ensure you come home with a great catch.


The Marlborough Sounds offer incredible underwater adventures for divers. Our crew has many years of experience in diving for paua, spear fish, and crayfish, as well as scallops between July and February.

D'Urville Island

Enjoy incredible full-day, overnight or extended fishing and diving adventures around D'Urville Island and stay at our D'Urville Island Wilderness Resort, while you explore the stunning scenery.

Nelson's Local Paradise

Discover the natural beauty of the Marlborough Sounds and D'Urville Island at your own pace, cruising in this stunning paradise aboard Tasman Charters directly from Port Nelson. With its vast network of submerged mountain valleys, numerous islands and tranquil sheltered bays, bush-clad hills and almost 1500km of deep-water coastline for you to explore, the Marlborough Sounds are truely a cruising paradise.

Marlborough Sounds Fishing Charter

The Marlborough Sounds and D'Urville Island are our main fishing grounds and we know where all the best fishing and diving spots are. Our fishing and diving trips can be full-day, overnight or for an extended period of time, staying at the D'Urville Island Wilderness Lodge or at a selection of other remote destinations within the Sounds. We generally target kingfish, snapper, travelli, blue cod, gernard and a range of other fish, as well as free-diving for paua and scuba diving for crayfish and other underwater species.

Of the several offshore islands around the Marlborough Sounds, D'Urville Island is the largest. D'Urville is separated from the mainland by a narrow, tidal channel called French Pass. The scenery on and around D'Urville is spectacular, ranging from colossal forest-clad mountains to serene bays and coves, to the rugged exposed coastline. Our trips to D'Urville Island are now available to mountain bikers to access the great selection of remote tracks, and you can now get access to these directly from Port Nelson.

A minimum of 10 people are required for full-day or half-day charters.

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