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Big-game Fishing Paradise - Roadside Stories

Big-game Fishing Paradise - Roadside Stories


Urupukapuka Island, Russell

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to fishing in the Bay of Islands. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

In the 1920s wealthy American author Zane Grey visited – and wrote about – Urupukapuka Island in the Bay of Islands. A keen big-game fisherman, Grey caught a 400-pound broadbill swordfish, and wrote a best-selling book that encouraged others to follow in his footsteps. Today the area remains popular for big-game fishing.

Bay of Islands,

Big-game fishing,

Zane Grey,

Big-game fishing, Urupukapuka Island,

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives, Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number Spectrum 688).

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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