Boating, Diving & Fishing
Mahia is famous for its fishing, from snapper and kingfish through to crayfish and paua.
The bays on each side of the peninsula both have boat launching facilities and are only a few minutes drive apart. If conditions are bad on one side, just pop over to the other!
Don’t have your own boat? Talk to Henry at Aotahi Fishing & Diving Charters.
Feeling competitive? Check out the Mahia Boating & Fishing Club.
On the Eastern side of the peninsula, the natural boat harbour of Whangawehi is tide-dependent, with a window of about 3 hours each side of high tide.
Beach launching is required on the Western side, and due to the angle of the beach is possible at all but the lowest tide.
For $210 per year you can join the Mahia Boating & Fishing Club and use their tractors to launch, as well as making use of their extensive local knowledge.
Some of the biggest surf-caught fish species are hooked and landed along this coastline when the warmer currents bring in massive shoals of anchovies and pilchards, which in turn are herded into the surf shallows by kahawai, kingfish and trevally. Better still, these are closely followed by snapper and gurnard, along with various large sharks.
See Surfcasting in the Hawke's Bay for detailed tips and information.