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2024 Contest dates are 12th - 16th March 2024 - WE SOLD OUT!
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12th - 16th MARCH 2024

90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza is arguably the biggest Snapper Surf Casting Competition in the world, a one species fishing competition which runs for 5 days in March on the famous Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (90 Mile Beach), Northland New Zealand

The Far North's Iconic Event

A must do for the surfcasting enthusiast or the social angler.

About The Competition

The 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza is arguably the biggest Snapper Surf Casting Competition in the world, a one species fishing competition which runs for 5 days in March on the famous Te Oneroa-a-Tōhē (90 Mile Beach), Northland New Zealand. The cash prize pool exceeds $72,000.00, of course the biggest cash offering goes to the largest snapper of the week a whopping $30,000.00. However don’t think it’s all about size as $10,000.00 is up for grabs for the angler that catches a snapper closest to the average weight of all the fish caught in the competition. The event will still cater for the unlucky angler that doesn’t catch a fish as the lucky draw spot prizes exceed $100,000.00 which includes a $50,000.00 4x4 Ute (RRP). 2020 and 2021 were sell-out’s which attracted 1000 anglers, it is estimated that at each prize giving there is a total crowd attendance of between 1500 and 3000 people enjoying the entertainment.

Snapper Bonanza Event

Jam-Packed Headquarters Arena – 2023

Darin Maxwell, Te Puke, Heaviest Snapper Record Holder Heaviest snapper record in competition history winner Darin Maxwell from Te Puke with 12.030kg landed Wednesday February 29th, 2012

Merchandise available for purchase on site 

A brief history leading up to the creation of the Snapper Bonanza.

In 1982 the Brijevich family started the competition then called the Snapper Classic they were the owners of The Park -a camping ground just down the road from the current prize giving site. The competition evolved over the next 27 years into a community project that benefited the many local businesses supplying services, supplies, equipment etc. to the many contestants and their entourages. The local economy received a much needed boost and everyone was happy. In 2006 the competition was sold, the new owners ran it in much the same way as the previous owner, but ran into financial difficulties after the 2009 event. So in 2010 the competition was cancelled. However the 90 Mile Beach Surf Casting Club ran an event for those hardy souls who came North anyway. In 2011 the 90 Mile Beach Snapper Bonanza was born, with local businessmen John Stewart and Dave Collard combining their talents to facilitate this Far North iconic event. The bonanza brand has developed into a very strong marketable label and we hope it’s here to stay however without the support of our sponsors the event is not viable, as organisers we urge our anglers and supporters to climb on board and trade with our sponsors as much as possible. Tight Lines John & Dave

Some Of The Prizes Up For Grabs

$30,000.00

Heaviest Snapper Overall & Champions Trophy

$10,000.00

Average Weight Snapper Overall

Massive Spot Prizes Snapper Bonanza Triton

Massive Spot Prizes

Including a Mitsubishi Triton, Haze Real Estate MeloYelo Electric Bike and a Super Liquor Seahorse Kontiki

Don't miss out on arguably the largest surf casting event in the world

Registration has never been easier.  Register online now!

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The Twilight Comp will be running again on Sunday 10th March.
Have a read of the poster below on where to score tickets. This sold out quick last year!
Loads of prizes, and all to support the Awanui Sports Complex 👊🏼
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The Twilight Comp will be running again on Sunday 10th March.
Have a read of the poster below on where to score tickets. This sold out quick last year!
Loads of prizes, and all to support the Awanui Sports Complex 👊🏼

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Josh Williams should we do this on Sunday

Kurtis Crombie and Ciaran Wilkes

How can it start at 6am, when tickets arent available until 6:30am

Taitea Love

Is rod based classed as boat or rocks?

Mahana Titoko

Karena Huxtable Donz Jess

Went into ryders and they didn't have tickets or any info was about 2 hours ago

Hello everyone I booked 4 tickets ,already paid for. Any idea if I am able to request a refund or cancel? We are no longer able to go... If by any chance anyone would preferably love to grab them off me, please like send a message through. Thanks❤️🙏😥

As much as I hate to admit, we won't be able to attend this anymore, it sucks,😔 happy to sell our tickets to another true fans at the same price. Like my post and pm me if interested

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Wow we are getting close now.
We are hard out preparing for a massive Bonanza week ready to give away over $250,000.00 in cash and lucky draws.

We are getting quite a lot of tickets needing to be sold at present, make sure you or your mates are on the waiting list so we can contact you as they come in. click here for the waiting list form. snapperbonanza.co.nz/waiting-list/

Just a heads up to keep an eye on this Facebook page, we have important announcements to make including a new naming rights sponsor.
Massive thanks must go to Haze and Renee Windelborn for their selfless contribution helping us financially when we needed it most. Don't forget the best way to thank our sponsors is to consider Haze Real estate when you are selling or buying a house in the Far North or in Whangarei. www.hazerealestate.co.nz/

New prize list structure below.
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Wow we are getting close now. 
We are hard out preparing for a massive Bonanza week ready to give away over $250,000.00 in cash and lucky draws.

We are getting quite a lot of tickets needing to be sold at present, make sure you or your mates are on the waiting list so we can contact you as they come in. click here for the waiting list form. https://snapperbonanza.co.nz/waiting-list/

Just a heads up to keep an eye on this Facebook page, we have important announcements to make including a new naming rights sponsor.
Massive thanks must go to Haze and Renee Windelborn for their selfless contribution helping us financially when we needed it most. Dont forget the best way to thank our sponsors is to consider Haze Real estate when you are selling or buying a house in the Far North or in Whangarei. https://www.hazerealestate.co.nz/

New prize list structure below.Image attachment

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Best by far.

Can't wait

See yas in a couple weeks

Can't wait

Counting down and stocking up

Simon Brown go win it my bro 🔥💯👍😁

Maikio McGrath did Danz get his ticket?

Thanks Haze Real Estate

Len Stewart

Jamie How need to jam this next year

Steven Walker

Luke te Moni

Nate Aoake

Not long to go ❤️

Archie Pahuru

Greg Cameron

Mickie Tahu george get one?

Lynette Hunter 👍

Tamra Davis 🤙

Quintin Nathan EJ Nathan Waha Nathan

James Komene

Sam Morrison geddit

Yea haa

Lenard Skinner that's us unks I'll come with yous haha

How much is the admin fee to sell a ticket? (Im not selling mine but was told theres a fee if anyone gives it back to resell if for any reason they couldnt make it) Snapper Bonanza

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Another one of our FANTASTIC sponsors have a ticket to give away!
Head to their page to enter 💪🏼Swift Drilling Limited‼️GIVEAWAY TIME - NOW CLOSED ‼️

Kia ora e te iwi

We have got one Snapper Bonanza 2024 ticket to give away along with the option to hang out with our awesome crew for the week of the Snapper Bonanza competition.

To go in to the draw to win this ticket all you have to do is
1. Like our page
2. Share this original post
3. In the comments below let us know why we should choose you.

Kia mataara - Please be aware of scamming pages.
We will announce the winner on this page and will contact the winner directly following the announcement.

All the best.
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Another one of our FANTASTIC sponsors have a ticket to give away!
Head to their page to enter 💪🏼Swiftdrill Ltd

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Unfortunately Anniversary of Cyclone Gabrielle coming up so needed here 🙏🙏All The best to you fishoes out there be safe be kind be sensible look out for each other and behave👍👍 Tight Lines

I'd love to win this ticket as I have 3 of my brother's fishing the comp. we are all from kaitaia but I myself live in whakatane unfortunately I couldn't secure a ticket due to them being sold out,I already booked that week off mahi in the hope I could secure a ticket by then,so I'd love to win this awesome giveaway so I can join my whanau and catch up with extended famz,nga mihi.ps (missing home ffn)

I would love to take my dad to this great comp

Pick me cause I'm the best keen fisherman

I would like my boy to come fishing with me

my hubby has fished comp for years and i would love to join in too if I could.

Keen fisherlady but missed out on a ticket. Thanks swift drill for the chance to win one.🥰🌎

Being a part of the snapper bonanza is amazing

Because affordability is hard!

Cause I'm pohara😆

Love fishing but have never done this comp due to costs.

I want to get time off mahi

I'm poor as can't afford a ticket but love surfcasting (N.F.G but keep trying)

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The team at BuildLink Kaitaia also have a promo running for the chance to win a ticket to this years Bonanza!
Head to their page to see details.Win a snapper bonanza ticket! 🎣

Shop with buildlink kaitaia from 29th of jan to the 23rd of feb and go in the draw to win this ticket
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The team at BuildLink Kaitaia also have a promo running for the chance to win a ticket to this years Bonanza! 
Head to their page to see details.
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Justin Carroll Karim Brown

You be in to this Juan Paul Theron or Jack brown

How much for tickets

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Hall of Fame

Damien Sinclair,
Martinborough

2023 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2023 – 7.485kg.

Dickson Hohaia,
South Taranaki

2021 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2021 – 9.060kg.

Grant Thompson, Auckland

2020 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2020 – 8.285kg.

Dave Rameka, Kaitaia

2019 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2019 – 7.905kg.

Grant Dodunski, Te Puke

2018 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2018 – 8.945kg.

Chris Spurr, Gisborne

2017 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2017 – 6.175kg.

James Benge, Hastings

2016 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2016 – 8.165kg.

Troy Notton, Kamo

2015 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2015 – 8.315kg.

Neil Sides, Kaitaia

2014 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2014 – 9.995kg.

Jeremy Alai, Auckland

2013 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2014 – 9.91kg.

Darin Maxwell, Te Puke

2012 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2012 and new record holder – 12.030kg

Luke Boyes, Christchurch

2011 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2011 – 8.89kg

Our Sponsors

Without them this event would not happen