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we target them all big or small!

Fish the beautiful Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

with Wai Whare Charters...

Where all your great fishing adventures begin!

Man holding tarakihi fish



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If you're wanting to tick FISH off your Bucket List then Wai Whare Charters can help you do just that. Whether its targeting a Swordfish, Marlin or Kingfish we have it all covered, and the more common Snapper or Tarakihi are also no trouble to hook into.  There is no hiding from Okura II with the latest technology and experience of the Skipper, Brett Waterhouse. Being based out of Maketu means we're central to all the top fishing areas in the Bay of Plenty.

Good times, big smiles and bent rods is our motto!


Experience, Knowledge and a great vessel...

This is a family business and our clients become an extension of that family. With the salt running thru my veins, thanks to Dad's 40 years plus fishing, and my knowledge of offshore fishery, any fish is a option. I have fished The Three Kings, Ranfurly Banks, White Island and also Greymouth/Westport. With the range of fish I have targeted throughout my Charter Skippering career all skills can be utilised in our Bay of Plenty fish.


Our vessel, Okura II, is a fast planing vessel (20kts) so we get you to the fishing grounds fast - minimising steaming and more fishing!

Over the last 6 years a crew of us have fished with Wai Whare Charters and Brett Waterhouse.

Each of these trips have been greatly successful and Brett’s knowledge and boat handling have been the reason for the success.

Both Brett and his deckhands have made sure that we have caught the fish we want and have caught and released fish so as not to deplete the fishery.

We are looked after well and Brett and his crew work hard to ensure a pleasant experience.

I have full confidence in Brett’s ability and have always felt safe at sea with him and look forward to more trips in the future.

Tim White

We were looking for somthing epic to do for our end of year work do so hit up Wai Whare Charters.

Epic day out slaying the Terikihi, filled up hard. Then moved to Plate Island for a free dive in the crystal clear water with seals and various sea life.

What an epic adventure for the boys that day was, one to remember.

The Skipper was also claaaaassic, he gave the apprentice more grief than I do at work, good times all round...

Nzf Construction

I have been doing the Fish n Chicks Tournament on Wai Whare Charters since 2013 and will continue to do so.  At the very first meeting our agreement was ‘we are going out to fish.’
Every year we have always weighed in prize winning fish (including a NZ Ladies record) because Brett gives us very clear instructions about how to catch the fish we are targeting.  If we don’t get it the first time he will patiently repeat the instructions and show us what we are doing wrong.
Brett makes sure we have a fun time and there is always lots of laughs and banter.  Brett prides himself on making each trip memorable for all of us.  Depending on the fish you want to target he has the spot to catch them.
Call Brett, you won’t regret it.  You’ll come home with fish in the bin and happy recollections of a trip you will want to repeat.

Jill  - Te Puke

Mt RSA Fishing Club always look forward to their charters with Brett on the Okura and once again we have had 2 successful trips.
Brett has such an enthusiastic passion for fishing that is reflected in the atmosphere on the boat.
Above that is his respect for the sea shown in the professional manner - he ready's all those on board for the bar crossing and the safety aspects of being on board.
The real bonus is having your fish taken off the hook and into the bin with a flick of Brett's amazing piece of no.8 wire.
Thanks Brett look forward to our next day on the the sea and the fish catching bonus. 


Janice & the rest of the

Mt RSA Crew


Our repeat customers say it all...

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