Welcome to Angler's Passport
Your New Zealand fishing specialist
If you love to fish and love to travel, then you have come to the right place. Our top priority is connecting fishermen with all the best guides, fishing lodges and accommodations at the lowest prices available. All this with the least amount of effort on your part to ensure your fishing trip will be the ultimate experience possible. We do that by organizing individualized itineraries and sightseeing tours to suit your needs. New Zealand fishing is what we specialize in but it is not the only destination we offer.
Angler's Passport does all the work at no extra cost to you and you can rest assured that your trip will be well organized and snag free. If fishing is your top priority, we have intensive fishing packages available with little or no sightseeing. For those who are traveling with a non- fishing spouse or friend, we can arrange for side trips and tours that will keep everyone busy and happy if that is what they prefer.
Angler's Passport offers a range of fishing destinations for saltwater and freshwater, fly-fishing or big game fishing, bottom fishing and lake fishing throughout the world. Since we are a small and intimate company, we don’t offer so many destinations and lodges that would hamper the personalized attention to detail that our clients have come to expect. We prefer to offer just a small selection of what we like and think are quite good destinations and lodges. If you don’t see the lodge you are specifically looking for, it doesn’t mean we don’t know of it and can’t help you book it, we just like keeping it to a minimum so we can specialize in what we know best.
Being a small company gives us the opportunity to spend more time with you, our clients. We know people are very busy these days and don’t have a lot of time to spend doing research for a trip they want to take. That is why you come to us, the experts, since we know the answers, the best places to send you and what you can expect.
We pride ourselves at being available as much as possible so you get the most personalized time and attention you deserve with what little time you have to work on your trip planning. We understand how frustrating it can be when you want information and answers and can’t get anyone to answer your email or phone calls. We answer emails promptly all day long and even check on weekends so your queries will not go unnoticed.
Mary Smiley, owner of Angler’s Passport, is accredited by Tourism New Zealand as a Kiwi Specialist. Kiwi Specialist travel agents are trained and certified "New Zealand vacation planning Experts." Besides having done extensive online training and being up to date with destination product updates, she has spent a considerable amount of time in New Zealand and knows the guides, tours, accommodations and products personally. Having been to New Zealand once to twice a year for the past 16 years, we know the country better than most “Kiwis” (that’s the people of New Zealand, not the birds or fruit).
We also pride ourselves at customizing our clients' itineraries so they are getting a true Kiwi experience and not just following other Americans around through the most populated and touristy areas of the country. We like using more off the beaten path destinations within New Zealand offering you more of a true view of what the country and people have to offer. New Zealand fishing is our specialty and we invite you to come tour with us even if you don’t want to fish. There is so much to see and do in this magical and beautiful country, you certainly don’t have to fish to have a good time. Since we know the country so well, and all the tours, train rides, wineries and accommodations, we are happy to do it as it’s like a second home for us.
The fishing in New Zealand is second to none and offers some of the best trout fishing in the world, New Zealand fishing is top notch with classic sight fishing for rainbow and brown trout as well as saltwater fly fishing and big game fishing. The largest striped marlin in the world are caught off the shores of New Zealand's North Island in the Bay of Islands and Bay of Plenty and the yellowfin tuna and yellowtail or kingfish as the Kiwi's refer to it, offer some unique opportunities for heavy tackle fishing in the same areas. Come to Te Kaha or Russell to try your hand at catching a big marlin or have a fish fry with some of the beautiful New Zealand fish you've caught out on the boat. No matter what your quarry, New Zealand fishing is as good as it gets.