Oozing natural beauty and enchanting national parks, New Zealand is one of the southern hemisphere’s most captivating yachting destinations.
New Zealand is primed for superyacht exploration, boasting a diverse land which includes active volcanoes, island sanctuaries, glorious secluded beaches and sprawling farmlands. With so much to see and do throughout these sensational cruising grounds, a charter in New Zealand is all about thrills. New Zealand’s cruising grounds are divided into the North and South Islands, each offering their own unique experiences and sublime scenery. As you journey through New Zealand’s natural delights, you will be treated to exquisite luxuries onboard your superyacht and indulge in the country’s renowned fine wines and dining.
The south, where you will find Queenstown and Marlborough Sounds, is a yachting haven in which you sail against the breath-taking backdrop of the jagged Alps, which run along the length of the island. The North Island is perfect for more secluded sailing getaways, and the city of Auckland has a strong yachting history. Auckland, often referred to as the ‘City of Sails’, is centred around two large harbours which make it a thriving hub of yachting activity. Viaduct Harbour is lined with superyachts which use Auckland as a base to discover the cruising grounds of the Hauraki Gulf and Coromandel Peninsula, while also enjoying proximity to a lively city. The Hauraki Gulf and The Coromandel Peninsula are the pearls of the North Island cruising grounds. The Hauraki Gulf covers over a million hectares of scintillating blue waters, filled with an array of islands to explore in between. The Hauraki Gulf Marine Park provides superyachts with incredible opportunities and adventures through gorgeous landscapes and glowing beaches, with charming villages and vineyards to delve into on land. Continuing your escapades in the North Island, the Coromandel Peninsula is dotted with idyllic anchorages which place you in secluded bays to enjoy the exclusivity of your superyacht.
The Bay of Islands is New Zealand’s traditional yachting epicentre. This protected bay is brimming with secluded island retreats where guests can unwind on soft sands and green hills. The Bay of Islands is also one of New Zealand’s premier diving hotspots, filled with thrilling caves, arches, tunnels and even wrecks to explore. There is an abundant sea life that you will become acquainted with, and with so many ways to discover these natural wonders it is perfect for all superyacht charters. Whether diving, snorkelling, kayaking or simply cruising, the Bay of Islands is a magical experience. Marlborough Sounds is a truly unique yachting experience, where superyachts can voyage through a collection of ancient sunken valleys to reach phenomenal hidden treasures. This is one of New Zealand’s most famous cruising grounds and provides plenty of thrills for visiting yachts and charter guests. If enjoying the bliss of sailing through these pristine waters is not enough, then there is so much adventure to immerse yourself in by stepping ashore. Sheltered bays lead onto glistening beaches and hidden caves.
The South Island also boasts one of the most fascinating natural delights that can be found in New Zealand, that of the remote Fiordland. A region in the south-western corner of New Zealand, Fiordland attracts adventurous explorers seeking a unique and awe-inspiring experience. Here, you will sail along calm waters to find an imposing landscape characterised by snow-capped mountains, majestic waterfalls and dramatic hills. This is known as the sightseeing and walking capital of the world, and there are exhilarating treks to be made around Mitre Peak and the lakeside towns of Te Anau and Manapouri. For visiting yachts, this is an invigorating destination which adds something different to your superyacht charter from the beaches and bays found in the North. The sheer diversity of natural experiences in New Zealand makes it such an exciting destination for a superyacht charter. More and more yachts are discovering the untamed beauty of this region and the fascinating culture and history. This is certainly an unforgettable adventure for those looking to enjoy the luxury and exclusivity of a superyacht in one of the world’s most spectacular areas.