About Us

On the Hunt Charters is a local family run business operating out of Waiheke Island, New Zealand.

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On the hunt Charters is a family run business operating on Waiheke Island, a 40 minute ferry ride from Auckland, New Zealand. Owners, Leon and Adelaide Tong have worked hard to have their dream business set up on the island.

Leon was born and raised on Waiheke, spending any free time fishing with his dad and mates, and playing sports. Leon later travelled to Australia working in the mines until him and Adelaide settled back in New Zealand.
Adelaide was born in France and raised in Perth, Australia, and worked in Business and Contract Management. Later moving to New Zealand to start a family and kick off the business.

As well as running the business, Leon and Adelaide are proud parents to Tyson & Ahlia.

Our Boat & Equipment

Our vessel is called ‘TYSON’, named after our first son, it comes fully equipped for everything you need for a perfect fishing day out.

On the hunt Charters operates with our custom made 2018 Surtees 750 Gamefisher, powered by our brand new 300HP Yamaha outboard motor. Onboard you will find a live bait tank, top quality electronics, safety equipment and top of line Daiwa fishing gear.  In addition, the vessel is equipped with a toilet, closed-in cabin, small fridge and fresh water tap/sink for extra comfort  The Surtees 750 Gamefisher offers the best quality stability and weather protection, perfectly suited to the Hauraki Gulf conditions.

As much as we have tried to find biodegradable fishing gear to do our part on avoiding “Ghost Fishing”, items such as fishing line is not currently available. We will continue to research ways to minimize our impact on the environment.

On the Hunt uses Daiwa fishing gear

Quick Specs

  • 2018 Surtees 750 Gamefisher
  • 300HP Yamaha outboard motor
  • Toilet
  • Closed-in Cabin
  • Fresh water sink

Our skipper

Owner and Skipper Leon Tong is a 3rd generation Waihekean, born and raised on Waiheke Island and has spent his whole life fishing around Waiheke Island and the Hauraki Gulf. Whether it was fishing off a boat or hiking to a spot on the rocks, Leon has extensive experience and knowledge of how to not only enjoy fishing, but the thrill of catching that ‘big one’.

Leon cares about the ocean and wants to not only help people catch fish but also teach them about sustainability so the next generations can enjoy the same fishing experience we do. Leon has always been a strong supporter to major conservation organisations such as, Legasea, Fish Care, Moocher Hunters, to help continue to promote the sustanibility of our marine life and the 'Catch and Release' regime.

The drive he has to catch these fish will ensure that the customer has the best possible chance to land that fish of a lifetime as well.

Pair great fishing with a great skipper and you get one incredible adventure.

Read about one of Leon’s many local fishing competition winnings here.

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