Tide Tables On Your Smartphone
Almost everyone has a smartphone nowadays. They are very useful to have when going fishing. You can get up to date weather reports, fishing info, tide times, text your fishing mates, and all sorts of stuff like that.
Here is a good tip when it comes to tide times on your smart-phone. If you go to the LINZ website you can download the .pdf files containing the tide tables for your area, or any area you intend to fish in future, and keep them handy on your phone.
I know you can download a tide times app with fancy graphs but the advantage of the .pdf files is that you can view them on your phone whenever you want, even without cellphone reception. Also you don’t need to waste money on expensive mobile data downloads every time you look up the tide times. An additional advantage is that you can download the tide charts for the next four years all at once. So you won’t have to worry about having them with you.
I found the easiest way is to go to the Land Information New Zealand website and download the tables I needed to my desktop computer. Then transfer the tables to my android smartphone. They don’t take up much storage space. The tide tables are available free at: http://www.linz.govt.nz/hydro/tidal-info/tide-tables
The files for each area contain the tide times, including high and low water in meters, for 12 months (January to December). There are tide tables for each year going out to 2017. So you can download the tables you need for the next four years. If you are planning to travel around for a bit of fishing in future it is very handy to know that you have the tide times already on your phone.
Once on the LINZ website there is a map you can use to select the tables you want – scroll down the page. Click on an orange marker to download daily tide prediction tables for the main ports, for example: Timaru, Lyttelton, Kaikoura, Piction. Click on a white marker to download time difference and tidal level tables for other places like the entrance to the Rangitata River, Rakaia River, and so on.