Escape to a place that looks like it was ripped from the pages of a fantasy novel and charter a yacht in New Zealand. Looming snow capped mountains overlooking tranquil shores bordering brilliant blue waters will make you feel like you have left behind the stress of normal life and that you have stepped into another world. The winds and landscape make it an absolute joy to charter a course through the region and it is understandable why so many New Zealand sailors see success in international sailing competitions.
When not on the water, explore the parks and hiking trails and take in the view from a higher vantage point. Then head into town and be greeted by people always welcoming to visitors and take part in native Māori cuisine with European, Polynesian, and Asian influences.
New Zealand is a country that stretches from north to south and so the climate can vary heavily between regions. Auckland and to the north experiences more tropical weather with warm summers and wet winters. All the way to the south typically experiences colder weather and more precipitation in both rain and snow. Regions in between experience wet yet mild winters and cool summers.
Winds blow consistently year round mostly from the west which makes for great sailing. Unfortunately, even to the warmer areas of the north, water temperatures do not usually reach high enough to make for pleasant swimming though if it is in season, the occasional dip might be considered refreshing.
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If you are planning to spend your vacation in the Bay of Islands then the City of Auckland will typically be your starting point for your charter. Many major airlines fly to Auckland Airport from cities throughout the world so there are plenty of options to fly. From the airport it is just a 30 minute drive to the Marina.
A charter into Hawke’s Bay will have you starting in the city of Napier and flying into Hawke’s Bay Airport. Hawke’s Bay Airport does not see international flights but booking a connecting flight from Wellington or Auckland is simple enough. After landing it is just a swift 10 minute drive to the marina.
Planning your yacht charter vacation into Marlborough Sounds involvers embarking from Wellington. Like Auckland, Wellington Airport handles many passengers however the amount of international flights is more limited. International visitors will have to plan a stop in major cities such as Auckland, Sydney, or Melbourne to name a few. Upon arrival, it will be a 5 to 15 minute drive depending on the Marina.