Our Pāua

Wild Caught by Free Divers in New Zealand's pristine waters

100% Natural

About NZ Pāua

NZ Pāua is a small business located in sunny Blenheim at the top of the South Island, New Zealand. We sell Pāua. We work closely with divers and quota owners to ensure we get steady supply of wild caught Pāua, and ensure the fishermen get paid a fair and sustainable price. All Pāua are harvested in line with the NZ quota management system. We supply wild caught Pāua to supermarkets, restaurants, and consumers both in NZ and internationally. We pride ourselves on our unique packaging and manufacturing process which ensures every Pāua tastes as if has just been plucked from the sea. You can find our products at supermarkets around New Zealand. If you would like more information, or would like to buy Pāua or become a retailer please contact us info@nzpāua.net


Pāua is the Māori name given to the New Zealand species of large edible marine gastropod molluscs which belong to the family Haliotidae (in which there is only one genus, Haliotis), known in the United States and Australia as Abalone.


To Māori, pāua are recognised taonga, or treasure, esteemed both as kaimoana (seafood) and as a valued resource for traditional and contemporary arts and crafts. Pāua are frequently used to represent the eyes in the Māori carvings and traditionally are associated with the stars or whetū, the symbolic eyes of ancestors that gaze down from the night sky.

Haliotis iris

This marine species is endemic to New Zealand. Blackfoot pāua is the largest abalone species found in New Zealand. It is most commonly found in shallow cool waters at depths of less than 6m. The species occurs all around mainland New Zealand, Stewart Island, and the Chatham Islands. These sea snails often form large clusters in the sub-littoral zone on open, exposed coasts, where drift seaweed accumulates and there is good water movement. Blackfoot pāua grow to about 180mm in shell width.

Diver collecting paua from the sea floor


The Quota Management System (QMS) monitors stocks and catches, allowing the government to set Total Allowable Catch (TAC) limits for individual species to ensure the sustainability of New Zealand’s fisheries. The QMS provides quotas which provide the right to harvest species in perpetuity.

our product

We sell premium wild caught whole pāua in the shell.  Specially packaged and processed to allow this 100%  natural (no chemicals or additives used), sustainably  caught pāua to be kept frozen for an extended period or thawed and chilled for up to 21 days.

If you would like to order or are interested in other pāua products we produce please enquire to info@nzpaua.net.