Fisheries Infosite

Hoki 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, and 9 (Combined) (HOK1)
Maori name
Scientific name
Macruronus novaezelandiae

Physical characteristics

Hoki are blue-green or purplish on top with silvery sides and belly. They can grow to a maximum length of 142 cm.

Life cycle

Hoki have a maximum age of 20-25 years with males reaching maturity at 60-65 cm length and females at 65-70 cm. Spawning takes place from late June to mid-September.


Hoki are found around Stewart and Snares shelf, over the sub-Antarctic and the Chatham Rise and occasionally around the North Island. Hoki inhabit depths of 10-900 m, but are most commonly found at depths of 200-600 m.

Key statistics
Recreational significance Low
Customary significance Low
Reported commercial catch1 (tonnes)
Quota value estimate2 (NZ$m)
Exports estimate2 (NZ$m)
1 Reported commercial catch is calculated for the 12 month period to 30/09/2025
2 Quota value and exports are calculated pro-rata to reported commercial catch for the 12 month period to 30/09/2025