New Zealand is an island country located in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising of 2 main landmasses, the North Island, the South island and numerous smaller island.
New Zealand is a renowned destination and has always something to offer to its visitors. Whilst the North Island offers miles and miles of coastline, freckled with numerous offshore islands and some stunning beaches, the South island offers some protected waterways and spectacular scenery in Marlborough and Milford Sounds as well as the amazing beauty of the Able Tasman.
New Zealand is known for world-class sailing and the country was a former host of the famous 2000 America’s Cup Sailing Regatta.
The 2 most popular main sailing venues in the area are located in the Bay of Islands and the Hauraki Maritime Gulf. The main sailing center is the Hauraki Gulf because of its sheer size and its exhilarating sailing challenges, the Bay of islands is much smaller in size and offers to the yacht charterers the most beautiful cruising ground world-wide.
During a visit in the area, you will find out that New Zealand offers some spectacular landscapes, lush forests, an amazing wildlife and a pleasant climate. All of these make it a haven for the numerous outdoor activities. You will have the opportunity to explore the 15000 km of coastline and the 25 most popular marine reserves, ocean scented scenery which make the country’s outdoorsy way of life.
While yacht chartering in the area, you will find some amazing places to swim, surf, sail and fish. You can also visit the most extraordinary phenomena in the area like the Toka Toka Peak which lies in the north of the South island.
Sailing in New Zealand promises a very enjoyable experience, due to its perfect climate and sailing conditions.
Opua is a good starting place to start a yacht charter trip. As a quaint fishing village, Opua is the largest clearance port for visiting the overseas destinations in New Zealand. It is an important deepwater port and a very attractive haven for most yachts.
You will have the opportunity to visit the Bay of Island Maritime Park which is a sailing paradise and hosts about 130 miles of magnificent scenery and offers over 86 different islands to explore. Still in the Bay of islands, you will have the occasion to visit Paihia and Waitangi and across the harbor of Paihia, you can seize the occasion to visit Russell, the first capital of New Zealand and which is also the site of the first European settlement.