If you don't have the time to reel in your own catch there's plenty of great local shops and traditional fish-mongers around New Zealand serving up fresh fish and sustainable seafood. Often it's word of mouth that lets you find the hidden gems but we've scouted a whole lot of excellent spots to pick up a feed of fresh fish (some will even crumb or batter a fillet of your choice and serve you up a tasty meal of good old fashioned Kiwi fish and chips!). If you have a fresh fish shop that has you hook, line and sinker, why not share your love it for it on their Localist listing?

Theo's Fisheries reviewed by Maria R.

Theos has been around in Christchurch for over half a century. What does this mean to you? That these guys are experts when it comes to delivering fresh seafood. Their presentation of quality local seafood is excellent, and the range is second-to-none. The locally caught range is excellent for your lunch or dinner!

Te Arawa Fresh Seafood reviewed by Jason L.

This place has a huge selection, the decor is pretty spiffy too; not like your usually smelly, cold concrete-encased seafood bars. Their fish is ethically sourced through the Te Arawa Trust. Get in here now and sample the goods!

The Fish Van reviewed by Latesha R.

No matter where I go in the Waikato, I always will run into The Fish Van. This is a mobile seafood shop that operates rain or shine and I love that you get awesome local knowledge and service as well as the chance to take home smoked and fresh fish, mussels, eel and scallops. They also serve up another specialty - Pokeno Bacon products. Yum! Hot tip: To find out where the van will be each day, hit up their website at www.thefishvan.co.nz

Wellington Sea Market reviewed by Joe S.

Wellington Sea Markets deliver a good selection of fresh fish for you, with their locations on the top of Cuba Street with a store down on Lambton Quay as well. It’s a simple stop of for your fresh fish buying, with a wide variety on offer. Meaning you can be assured of getting something that will taste great!

Harbour Fish reviewed by Maria R.

If you live in Waitati in Otago, you’re in luck! Every morning you can buy your fresh fish straight off the boat when it comes into the harbour. Supplying many of the best South Island restaurants, you can expect your fish to fresh, high quality and delicious.

Raglan Fish reviewed by Latesha R.

Located at the end of the wharf in Raglan with open-air views of the harbour, this fresh fish market and outstanding takeaway shop transforms your errand to buy fish into an exotic holiday. It can be busy in the summertime but the epic scenery and wharf-side activity will keep you entertained, and if you visit on a Sunday afternoon you’ll be serenaded by live music too. The staff are always super friendly and happy to answer questions or help with a special request, and they love fish so much that they don’t sell anything else with their chips – so don’t ask!

Toby's Seafood Glen Eden reviewed by Kylie B.

I might live by the sea but when hubby and his mates don't land a catch, Toby's in Glen Eden is on stand-by because they have a selection of fresh fish that's far more diverse than anything the hubby can reel in! I love that they take real pride in their presentation and that you can see them shucking seafood from where your fish is weighed by the kilo.

Mt Eden Village Fish Shop reviewed by Kylie B.

When I want a catch of the day, I take a chilly bin and head to Auckland's awesome village fish-monger in the heart of Mt Eden. They do a mean fish and chip feed and I love it that you can select your fresh fillet and then order it battered, crumbed or grilled. But the reason I come here is because fresh is best and these guys do fish the old fashioned way - straight from the sea, sustainable as and tasty as all get out.