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International Charter Destination: New Zealand

Aotearoa, or “The Land of the Long White Cloud,” is what the native Maori called New Zealand, but you are much more apt to find sunshine and sparkling seas on your charter, especially in the summer months of December through February. Shorts and swimsuits are acceptable attire for the holidays here. During the Pacific’s southern summer cyclone season, New Zealand is out of harm’s way, and with 11,000 miles of pristine coastline, sheltered bays, and abundant marine life, it offers something for everyone, particularly the adventurous at heart. New Zealand has two main landmasses, the North and South Island, and numerous smaller isles. Each has its own particular charms.

While there are many cruising grounds to choose from, one of the most popular is the Hauraki Gulf, close to the city of Auckland on the North Island. The former home of the America’s Cup races, this is one of the sailing capitals of the world. Auckland and environs also enjoy the best weather in New Zealand. Start your trip exploring this bright and friendly city, which offers contemporary pleasures and also a peek at the Maori civilization that came before. Don’t miss the daily Maori cultural performance at the Auckland Museum. Once you leave port, your yacht will take you through the Hauraki Gulf, which combines populated suburban islands with natural conservation areas. Spend afternoons in a quiet anchorage contemplating the dramatic volcanic peak of Rangitoto, or sipping Sauvignon Blanc on vineyard-dotted Waiheke.

Bay of Islands

At the tip of the North Island lies another beautiful cruising area, the Bay of Islands. These cruising grounds are known for their scuba diving sites, including shipwrecks, caves and rocky bottoms. Snorkeling and swimming off the pristine white-sand beaches are also popular pastimes here, along with hiking on the many walking trails. Look for dolphin and even blue penguins as you cruise through these magical isles.

But that’s not all New Zealand has to offer. Adventurous travelers may want to head to the quieter South Island with its dramatic landscapes, including soaring peaks and deep fjords. A sportsman’s paradise, this is the place to find bungee jumping, jet-boat adventures and much, much more.

Each day should start with …

‘What do you want to do today?’

Once you have decided on the destination, there remain endless possibilities

Our charter agents frequently travel to international yachting locations far and wide to inspect yachts and visit crew and are familiar with most favorite destinations. Their expertise is invaluable when it comes to assisting with your plans to maximize your quality time. If you are an active, on-the-go individual or simply prefer to relax with a book, or if you enjoy people watching or crave a trendy night spot, your charter agent can assist. Along with your captain and crew, we are here to ensure you have an exciting, fun-filled holiday.

Request your sample itinerary for New Zealand HERE.

Here’s a hot tip FROM ONE OF OUR CHARTER EXPERTS ABOUT YOUR NEW ZEALAND YACHT CHARTER:

Some say there is nowhere in the world as beautiful as New Zealand with its huge variety of scenery and wildlife. So you are in for an exciting adventure if you are chartering here. However, if you find yourself in Auckland you can really live on the edge! Walk the 1.2-meter wide walkway around the city’s iconic Sky Tower.  You are 192 meters (almost 630 feet!) Above the ground. There are no handrails and nothing but air either side of you!  For the true adrenaline-seeker you can experience what a movie stunt man does by jumping off the tower!