The 36th America’s Cup gets underway on March 6 in Auckland, as reigning champions New Zealand look to defend their title. The America’s Cup is the pinnacle of yacht racing and the oldest trophy in international sport, dating back to 1851. The event is also well-known to attract a plethora of the world’s best superyachts. There are a number of exquisite luxury yachts stationed in New Zealand ready to provide unforgettable experiences, where guests can enjoy the thrills not only of the America’s Cup, but also New Zealand’s pristine cruising grounds…
It is set up to be an exhilarating contest at the America’s Cup. Ineos Team UK and Luna Rossa Prada Pirelli will battle it out in the final of the Prada Cup, with the winner becoming the challenger to Emirates Team New Zealand for the America’s Cup.
Among the notable charter superyachts available in New Zealand for the event are 85m BOLD, 74.5m LADY E, 37m MASTEKA 2 and 42m DOUCE FRANCE. A luxury yacht charter is the very best way to immerse yourself in the festivity and sailing spirit of the America’s Cup, embracing on-the-water lifestyle in an opulent fashion while being at the very heart of the event.
New Zealand is a country blessed with diverse natural splendour and some of the most captivating cruising grounds in the world. With 14,000 kilometres of stunning coastline to explore, New Zealand is a pure yachting paradise where you can indulge in six-star superyacht luxury surrounded by immaculate scenery.
A short cruise north from the America’s Cup in Auckland will bring you to the Bay of Islands, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular yachting playgrounds. With 144 islands to uncover, this region is primed for adventurous superyacht charters filled with unique experiences. Your charter itinerary can encompass everything from spellbinding dive sites to fascinating encounters with traditional Māori culture.
Bay of Islands offers awe-inspiring experiences under the water, with purpose-sunk shipwrecks and an abundant marine life providing the basis for dive exploration. Further enthralling dive experiences can be found across the gulf from Auckland in The Coromandel. Here, your superyacht can stop off for you to delve into mesmerising underwater seascapes in the Whanganui A Hei Marine Reserve. Head also to Marlborough Sounds for a unique voyage through a collection of ancient sunken valleys to reach intriguing hidden treasures, while there are plenty of inviting beaches and coves for more relaxing days.
Should your superyacht charter venture to the South Island, you will be treated with even more natural delights to gaze upon from your luxury base. The remote Fiordland is a spectacle that truly encapsulates the essence of exploration associated with superyacht charters. Characterised by snow-capped mountains, majestic waterfalls and dramatic hills, the Fiordland is a dramatic and diverse region where you can make the most of your superyacht in complete and utter seclusion.
There has never been a more exciting time to experience New Zealand by superyacht than the upcoming America’s Cup. To find out more about bespoke charters in New Zealand, view our sample itinerary or contact the Ocean Alliance team today.