Welcome to Seabird Charters

Seabird Charters are Nelson's top boat and fishing charter business that have specialised in fishing, diving and sightseeing trips at the top of the South Island of New Zealand since 1999. We primarily operate around the Nelson and West Coast region including the Abel Tasman National Park, D'Urville Island and the Marlborough Sounds, and also provide commercial boating services.

Seabird Charters Fishing Charter Boat

The Boat

Aboard the Seabird Charters boat you'll find a full galley, hot shower and toilet, and a large fishing and diving platform. We fully accommodate for up to 26 passengers on the large deck and in the comfortable and spacious interior.

The Crew

Owned and operated by Barry and Lynley Bird out of Nelson with a combined 32 years experience in the industry. This ensures you will have a exciting and safe time out on the water with outstanding hospitality and service.

The Country

The Nelson region is famous for its natural beauty and Seabird Charters specialises in fishing and diving trips to Nelson, D'Urville Island, the Abel Tasman National Park, the Marlborough Sounds and the West Coast of New Zealand.

Our Services

Fishing Charters


We only fish in the best spots, and with all the latest equipment, tackle and bait, you're sure to come home satisfied. We provide adventures to D'Urville Island, the Marlborough Sounds, the West Coast and beyond for full-day, overnight or extended fishing trips.

Diving Charters


Seabird Charters can accommodate 10 divers and 20 bottles per trip to stunning local destinations including Tasman Bay, D'Urville Island and the Abel Tasman National Park. Our charter boat also features a large fishing and diving platform.

Bluefin Tuna Fishing

Bluefin Tuna

Seabird Charters helped to pioneer the bluefin tuna fishery back in 2004 and have an impressive record of catching record size fish. We specialise in 24 hour adventures, and is truely an unforgettable adrenaline-pumping experience.

Commercial Work

The Seabird Charters commercial work vessel is fitted with a hydraulic hauler and can carry a two ton payload. We are available for coastal surveying and as a convenient water taxi to the Abel Tasman National Park from Port Nelson.

Abel Tasman Charters

Abel Tasman National Park

Enjoy a BBQ and a swim in one of the most spectacular national parks in the world. The Abel Tasman offers superb sightseeing and diving adventures where you can find your very own beach for the day, and it's only an hour away.

Marlborough Sounds and D'Urville Island Charters

Marlborough Sounds & D'Urville Island

Whether you are wanting a full-day adventure or an overnight package, Seabird Charters can take you to the Marlborough Sounds or D'Urville Island. Both incredible places to visit for sightseeing, fishing and diving.

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