New Zealand: enticing anchorages & lush vineyards

Without a doubt, New Zealand is among one of the most picturesque superyacht charter destinations in the Southern Hemisphere. Immense beauty is reflected in peaceful highlands and rushing streams, with ancient glaciers and soft pristine beaches both accessible in a matter of hours. Complete with some of the planets finest wines and foods, New Zealand is a veritable paradise for the senses. 

The north and south island both offer incredibly diverse and beautiful cruising grounds, with contrasting landscapes laden with tranquillity and unspoiled beauty. The northern island is notably a calmer destination where yachting has a deep roots. On the other hand, the southern island is astonishingly striking, being more mountainous, with the ragged Alps running along the entire landmass.

Auckland has long benefitted from its established international marine connections, renowned for the range of exclusive regattas and excellent marinas. Also called the ‘City of Sails’ it makes for an ideal starting point to explore two of the most fascinating waters: the Hauraki Gulf and the Coromandel Peninsula. Crystal clear waters are dotted with fabulous islands across the Hauraki Gulf providing stunning vistas. Shimmering beaches outline floral landscapes bordering quaint seaside villages and lush vineyards. Coromandel is strewn with awe-inspiring beaches, whilst also creating hidden treasure in scenic cays, just waiting to be discovered.


New Zealand’s yachting epicentre lies northward where the famed Bay of Islands allows a secluded escape, ideal for meandering with your luxury superyacht around the hundreds of fascinating islands found in its calm waters. Wine connoisseurs will enjoy anchoring in the Marlborough Sound, where you can savour some of the finest Sauvignon Blanc back on board. The breath-taking beauty that awaits those who venture into the clear waters of New Zealand is boundless in this yachting haven packed with delights.


When to go:

November - April

High season:

December - March

Highlights

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Adventure diving on the wrecks of HMNZS Tui and HMNZS Waikato is exhilarating or spend a day at the Poor Knights Islands for relaxed exploration

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Visit a wharenui meeting house to experience a traditional Kapa Haka Māori performance with dancing, singing and weaponry demonstrations

3

In Waikato, Hamilton Gardens tells the story of gardens through themed collections from different civilizations and is a fascinating attraction

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