Sample Charter Itinerary in New Zealand
Your memorable trip will begin with Auckland, New Zealand. Docked in the recently renovated and stylish quay area, have lunch at one of the waterside eateries.
After settling into your quarters, take the afternoon to visit the impressive Museum, set in large gardens, where you can experience a live performance of Maori dance, learn the history of New Zealand and see exhibitions from local professionals.
From the marinas of Auckland you will look out onto the gently sloping peak of Rangitoto – one of over 70 volcanoes that Auckland rests on. Cruise into the Hauraki Gulf then stop to climb Rangitoto, and follow the walk through the reserve, past the one house and circle the impressive crater. Your charter yacht will take you to Waiheke Island, where you can stop at one of 24 excellent vineyards.
Be sure to sample the beautiful Malbec blends which the island is known for.
After a night listening to the sound of cicadas on Waiheke’s shores, cruise east toward the Coromandel Peninsula. The quiet town of Coromandel was once a gold rush town, and you can hear the stories of the era in the Mining and Historical Museum.
A hive of art culture, spend some time looking through the galleries and craft shops, and if you are there on a weekend visit the enormous market for fresh fruit and freshly cooked seafood.
TRYPHENA, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND
Just 90 kilometers from the vibrant, cosmopolitan center of Auckland, Great Barrier Island feels like a world away. Step back in time to an island that still has no electricity supply. Cruise the most beautiful part of the island along the west coast, then spend the day exploring the island; follow the art trail, play a few holes on the golf course, and take the 10 – minute hike to the top of Windy Canyon.
After an adventurous day, soak in the Kaitoke Hot Springs before dining at one of the many restaurants that offer locally sourced meals, or return to your yacht for a meal prepared by your private chef.
PORT FITZROY, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND
The natural harbour of Port Fitzroy in north Barrier has a long history. Descendants of both the Maori’s and the European settlers both reside here. Walk through the native bush and see the dams built from giant Kauri.
Listen for the incredibly beautiful song of the native Tui bird as you walk – with no native mammals as predators, the birdlife alone is a reason to visit New Zealand!
A popular sailing destination for the locals of Auckland, today you will circle back round the Gulf to visit Kawau Island. Known for its clear waters and secluded bays, Kawau is great for sailing and often gets good winds.
If you are looking for a calmer experience, when it is windy on one side, it will be calm on the other, and there are many safe anchorages where you can find a pleasant bay. Take a tour of the Mansion House – the Victorian home of the late New Zealand governor, Sir George Grey.
For your final day, return to the north shore of Auckland to spend the time browsing the boutique shops and pretty parks in the historic area of Devonport.
Get an ice cream and sit on the waterfront, overlooking Auckland and watching the ferries carrying visitors and commuters across the harbor. Boat enthusiasts could spend hours watching the never-ending stream of small sailing yachts, luxury boats, and enormous cruising vessels come in.
For a final dose of culture visit the Voyager Maritime Museum on the viaduct, or the War Memorial Museum.