Big Game Fishing, North Island
Concierge.com's insider take:
Author and angler Zane Grey put Northland's Bay of Islands on the map with his 1926 Tales of the Angler's Eldorado: New Zealand, about the monster fish he landed off the shores of Russell. Modern-day fishing fanatics can troll the same waters with Russell-based Major Tom Charters. Skipper Geoff Stone takes up to 12 passengers at a time on Major Tom II, his state-of-the-art 40-foot fishing yacht, to hunt marlin and tuna from mid-December through May, and broadbill swordfish January through August. When the weather doesn't cooperate, Stone brings anglers closer to the coast in search of kingfish and snapper (64-9-403-8553 or 64-27-437-7844; www.majortom.co.nz).