New Zealand Yacht Charter: Land of the Long White Cloud
New Zealand is a key player in the continued growth of the South Pacific yacht charter industry. Take a yacht charter vacation here and experience one of the most stunning countries on earth.
The most popular sailing area in New Zealand is a 170-mile stretch of coastline extending north from the main city of Auckland, with the Bay of Islands lying in the center. This area also includes Whangaroa Harbour, Poor Knights Islands, the Hauraki Gulf, and the western side of Great Barrier Island. This is New Zealand’s premier cruising ground, dotted with safe harbors and sheltered coves. Visitors are often surprised at the unexploited nature of this magnificent cruising area.
New Zealand Yacht Charter | Sailing Seasons
New Zealand offers yachting opportunities at any time of the year, however, summer is the most popular time. These warmer months stretch from November to April.
If you’re brave enough, try a winter charter when the atmosphere can take on an incredible stillness. The water becomes mirror-like and breezes tend to be light and constant, although they can also be stormy and rainy. If you’re well equipped and well dressed, a winter charter can be equally satisfying, and even more magnificent than a New Zealand summer charter.
The Bay of Islands
Known around the world as the most popular sailing destination in New Zealand, The Bay of Islands consist of four main islands and several smaller ones. The four larger islands offer many small coves with clean sandy beaches and the opportunity for a forest or grassland hike ashore. This area is rich in both European and Maori history. Capt. Cook anchored here and named the bay; also the first white missionaries chose the Bay of Islands as their home base. The quaint village of Russell, and the resort town of Paihia, have world-class restaurants and plenty of cafes if you choose to dine ashore.
Venturing beyond the Bay of Islands
Your New Zealand yacht charter gives you the opportunity to choose your own destinations. Choose to leave society behind and find an island all to yourself. For those who want to venture beyond the flat waters of the Bay, there is Northland’s coastline, indented with safe havens. The spectacular Whangaroa Harbour is an easy day sail north and is a ‘must’ visit. Heading south there are numerous harbors and scattered bays along the 100 miles of coast between the Bay and Auckland. Or, sail 50 miles of open water to the rugged mountains of Great Barrier Island.
Aukland is fondly known as the ‘City of Sails’. With a superyacht marina that sits against the backdrop of the sparkling Waitemata harbour, Auckland is the base for sailing the magnificent Hauraki Gulf and Coromandel Peninsula.
Explore the beautiful Marlborough Sounds
The beautiful Marlborough Sounds, Tasman, and Golden Bays are south of Aukland at the northern tip of the South Island. With 1500 km of unspoiled, bush-clad coastline enclosing sheltered bays and beaches, the Marlborough Sounds is an aquatic paradise. This sparsely populated area has scenic beauty, many historic sites, fishing, and scuba diving opportunities, as well as amazing wildlife viewing.
New Zealand Yacht Charter | Activities
The Bay is famed for its dolphins and you will likely be visited by a friendly pod. The fishing is good; snapper being the favored catch. Shellfish for the taking include scallops, mussels, and the native pipi. Dive the world-renowned marine reserve of the Poor Knights’ Islands south of the Bay or the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior – destroyed by sabotage in 1985.
There are historic sites to visit ashore. Waitangi is the site of the signing of the nation’s founding document. The tranquil Assassination Cove is remembered as the site of a bloody confrontation between European explorers and the local Maori. A lonely cross at now deserted Oihi commemorates the first Christian service in New Zealand.
See New Zealand the way locals do
The New Zealand yacht charter scene is certainly spectacular. But that’s no surprise to New Zealanders (Kiwis). With more boats per capita than any other country, they are certainly at home on the water. This is a reflection of the quality of incredible cruising grounds within what New Zealanders term ‘Godzone’. With the demand for New Zealand tours strengthening, what better way to see the ‘Land of the Long White Cloud’ than aboard a New Zealand yacht charter, and seeing this amazing county how the locals would – from the water.
Although people come to New Zealand with mild expectations, they leave amazed. And, you will too! Allow Luxury Yacht Charters to arrange for you the most beautiful chartering experience in New Zealand.
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