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2025 Tickets go on sale Saturday 1st June 2024, 9:00am

4th - 8th MARCH 2025

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 $88,000.00, 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 $150,000.00 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, MeloYelo Electric Bike, Early Bird Kontiki 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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4 MORE SLEEPS - Morning all, its nearly time!

• Saturday 1st June 9am head to our website www.snapperbonanza.co.nz to purchase your tickets.

• To streamline a couple things we have REMOVED pre-purchased shirts/singlets & calendars. There will be plenty for sale the week of the Bonanza.

• There will be NO BANK TRANSFERS - so please make sure you have a credit card or debit card handy when purchasing your tickets online.
We use PayPal - a screen shot below is highlighted in RED the tab to click on to make payment. You DONT need to sign-in to PayPal to make payment.

• If tickets sell out a WAITING LIST will be put up on the webiste for you to add yourself (and other's to).

• Once you have purchased your ticket, an email will be sent for you to upload photos. Please make sure it is a HEAD & SHOULDERS of only you/the angler. No sunnies please, Hats are ok.
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4 MORE SLEEPS - Morning all, its nearly time!

• Saturday 1st June 9am head to our website www.snapperbonanza.co.nz to purchase your tickets.

• To streamline a couple things we have REMOVED pre-purchased shirts/singlets & calendars. There will be plenty for sale the week of the Bonanza.

• There will be NO BANK TRANSFERS - so please make sure you have a credit card or debit card handy when purchasing your tickets online.
We use PayPal - a screen shot below is highlighted in RED the tab to click on to make payment. You DONT need to sign-in to PayPal to make payment.

• If tickets sell out a WAITING LIST will be put up on the webiste for you to add yourself (and others to).

• Once you have purchased your ticket, an email will be sent for you to upload photos. Please make sure it is a HEAD & SHOULDERS of only you/the angler. No sunnies please, Hats are ok.

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Hi do you need to have photo ID ready at point of purchase

Ticket sales thru PayPal again???

Snapper Bonanza Can you confirm how much the individual tickets are please? Can’t find it in the site.

Sunny Lee Jones maybe pop over yard Saturday morning get the team onto it I'll get Vicki Brears to help to 😂

Teneille Proctor I’ll shout kymani one for his birthday 🤫😉 tell him ask his principal nanny Danelle can he have a week off of school 😂🤞 x

Can't Wait🙏

Stephen White 👍🏻👍🏻 let's see you there mate

Willz Samson that us this year babe?

Leon Peterson dat us yo

Taane Karena that's us cuzzy TickFord Selwyn

Rob Hirini still keen ,,are you cumn black arse Vinnie Prasad

Jayne Baker

Byron McDermott

Steffan Haua , Asosi Ah Ping, Piripi Parangi

Rio Martin Cloe Martin

Jansen Morunga Steven Walker

Luke Boyes

Tim N Aroha O'leary

Hune Subritzky Bella Evan Lloyd-Morgan

Kane Wrigglesworth, James Richard Benge

Taame Bassett Tevita Finau

Dominic Gunn

Ioage Ah Lam 🙂

Tamz Adams

Nevin Cameron Moodley

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12 more sleeps until tickets go on sale!
www.snapperbonanza.co.nz

Please remind your Whanau & Mates that arent on facebook to head to the website Saturday 9am 1st June. (Max 4 tickets can be purchased at 1 time)

A quick run down on the week for any newbies with questions.
Registration Days 2nd-3rd March 2025 | Fishing Days 4th-8th March 2025

INDIVIDUAL TICKETS - $350
Sunday & Monday - Registration Days
Tuesday & Wednesday - Fishing Days
Overnight Fishing Wednesday - Riders Sports Day
Friday & Saturday - Fishing Days

There is a TOURNAMENT GUIDE that you recieve at registration (inside your starter pack) that tells you what areas you are fishing in each day.

There are PRIZEGIVINGS everyday (From approx just after 5pm)

Monday - Briefing (get the rundown for the week) & Lucky Draws
Tuesday & Wednesday - Daily Prizegiving & Lucky Draws
Thursday - Early Prizegiving (3pm) & Lucky Draws after the over night fish
Friday - Daily Prizegiving & Lucky Draws
Saturday - Daily Prizegiving & Overall Prizegiving + Lucky Draws

With over $250,000 given away during the week in cash fish prizes & spot prizes.

TEAMS tickets - we've found it easier for anglers to sort on the registration days at HQ at the Competition. TEAM TICKETS - $120 per team (you can have up to 4 per team) and you must have your own individual ticket to be able to enter a team.

In the months, weeks & days leading up to the competition we will post regular updates. You shoooould be able to find any other answers to any questions (including rules) on either our facebook page or website.
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Do we get 1st priority on our 2004 number or is it 1s in 1st served basis

Sunny Lee Jones need to link up to make sure we get our tickets

Do you have answer for sustainable fishing ?

Stephen White mate do it can come along with me and my brother 🙌🏻🍺

Rob Hirini thats us cuzzie,,Eah black arse u gonna cum live on the beach for a fews days Vinnie Prasad

Paul Visschers might be us next year . Borrows on some rods 🤣🤣

Heeni Brown come with me 💪

Lance Petty are we going to give it a go.

Walter Leef yeah or nah

Tamara Hirana Brockbank soccer 🫣

Tanira Murray Timoti Murray that us

David Saffill

Steven Walker

Grant Craig

Steph Louise

William Bowden

Ozzie Kitchen Riki Maheno

Shaye Johns

Johny Snowden

Daniel Tiaki Pedersen

Stephen Nesbit

Brittny Nelson

Bryan Kilkolly

Roger Rawiri

Teresa Turnbull

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Kia ora koutou to all the Bonanza anglers and supporters. Check out Gallagher Insurance New Zealand's awesome video of our 2024 Snapper Bonanza event!

Gallagher Insurance New Zealand is our naming rights sponsor and massive supporter or our event. We can't thank them enough for their investment in the Snapper Bonanza.

Now’s a great time to check you’ve got the right insurance so you’re properly covered if things go wrong.

Gallagher Insurance New Zealand has been working with families across NZ for over 40 years and the team is always here to help.

For a free insurance check with no obligation, give them a call on 0800 276 624 and mention you heard about Gallagher through Snapper Bonanza.

And a reminder the COUNTDOWN is on (19 sleeps!) till tickets for the 2025 comp go on sale 9am Saturday 1st June only through our website
snapperbonanza.co.nz/
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Sweet baby Jesus on my birthday. Easy present 🎁 👌 😎

Best surf fishing comp ever. Lives up to its name. Credit to organizers, anglers, bar, food,tackle shop & workers behind the scène.. I managed a few fish. But was a great break too. 😁❤️👌

Warwick Floyd

Kingc Cuhz Akuhata Marshall Howard Pon Pon

James Williamson that's us nek year g

I'm definitely thinking of coming next year with a team 😁

Cullen Beattie Shilou Hona gotta do it. So much fun

This is so awesome wish we had this in fiji . Cheers

🙏🙏

That’s us next year Jeff😁👍

Kai Southon should we do it next year? lol

Mafua Tongotea Suliano Tongotea

Tere Ryder Terewi

Had a great time fishing with friends and catching up with and making new friends long drive home Saturday after comp would like an early weigh in Saturday say 1500 would be great and again bravo Zulu to the organisers and helpers see you next year

Aaliyah Adams , Darwin Pepene 🌊🤙 #Fishgetti

Sharlene Gordon that us kuzn

Hema Weekes that’s us brother

Miles Ngatoa

Chase May John Peeters

That's us Jade Paihere Kaaka Bill Kaaka Pai Kaaka Kaneihana Kaaka

Matiu Te Pukeroa save up cous that’s us 2025

Hey team, can we purchase from overseas? Snapper Bonanza

Yess keen

William Bowden

I’m there next year

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Adrian, John, Glenn 🥰

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Hall of Fame

Zane Kaaka, Te Kao

2024 Winner

Overall Heaviest Snapper Winner 2024 – 8.225kg.

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

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