Auckland & Hauraki Gulf Yacht Charter

Here is selection of luxury crewed charter yachts available in Auckland and New Zealand

The Bay of Islands has traditionally been the main focus of New Zealand yacht charters.  Since the hosting of the America's Cup by New Zealand, however, Auckland has increasingly become recognized as a prominent yachting and yacht charter location.

Auckland harbour – Wynyard QuarterAuckland’s Viaduct Basin in the heart of the city was developed as a superyacht marina for the America’s Cup that New Zealand hosted in 1995 and 2003. Auckland’s Marina was further developed in time for the 2011 Rugby World Cup with the addition of the Wynyard quarter, complete with an events centre, marine service and refit companies and yards, restaurants and bars as well as superyacht berths. The new waterfront development was built not only to service the influx of tourists visiting New Zealand for the World Cup but also because of the growth in the superyacht industry in Australasia.

The 'City of Sails', as Auckland is fondly known, sits against the backdrop of the sparkling Waitemata harbor. Auckland is the base for sailing the magnificent Hauraki Gulf and Coromandel Peninsular. Between the two, there are 1500 miles of coastline to explore on a sailing charter. The Hauraki Gulf provides excellent year round sailing conditions with comfortable temperatures and average wind strengths of 10-25 knots. Peppered with over 80 islands within short sailing distance, the Hauraki Gulf is a palate of gorgeous scenery. The landscape of each island is idyllic and refreshingly different. With scarlet Pohutukawa flowers set against white sands, charming villages, vineyards and lush dark forests, the Hauraki Gulf has plenty on offer for yacht charters.

Some of the most visited islands on sailing charters include Rangitoto, Kawau, Waiheke, Oneroa, Pakatoa and New Zealand's largest offshore island - the Great Barrier Island.

The island highlights include:

  • Rangitoto Island - home to New Zealand's youngest volcano and the closest island to Auckland city. It has an amazing volcanic landscape covered by moss, plants and trees including the largest Pohutukawa forest in the world. It has been a Recreation Reserve since 1890. The hike to the summit rewards you with stunning views of the Hauraki Golf.
  • Kawau Island - scattered with native walking tracks and home to the historic Mansion House. Kawau Island has many safe anchorages.
  • Waiheke Island - a gorgeous blend of local craft shops, cafes, restaurants and award winning wineries. The coast is blessed with golden sandy beaches and sheltered anchorages.
  • Great Barrier Island - The natural harbor is comprised of many sheltered bays and inlets. The island is racked in historical sites such as the whaling station, kauri dams, gold and copper mines and ancient shipwrecks. The golden sandy beaches and native bush walking tracks make it an outdoor paradise. Great Barrier Island is a popular snorkeling, diving and fishing retreat.

Photo: Formosa Golf Resort - Auckland - Photo by Chris McLennan - Image courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

The Coromandel too, features many enchanting beaches and bays. On a sailing charter or a powerboat you'll find limitless secluded harbours and uninhabited islands to enjoy.

The Hauraki Gulf and Coromandel area provide a beauty and diversity which is difficult to match. This superb sailing charter location exceeds expectations.

The types of yacht charter available for New Zealand yacht holiday in Auckland & Hauraki Gulf include motor, sailing, diving charter, skippered, crewed yachts, catamaran, power boat, sailboat, luxury yachts, and superyacht charters.

Photo: Traditional Maori welcome - Rotorua - Photo by Bob Cree - Image courtesy of Tourism New Zealand

Other New Zealand Yacht Charter destinations include the following:

Bay of Islands Yacht Charter - The Bay of Islands is without doubt one of the most favored cruising and yacht charter locations within New Zealand

Marlborough Sounds Yacht Charter - Those who want to what to find themselves in one of the most stunningly beautiful yacht charter areas in the world should seriously consider a charter in New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds.

Fiordland Yacht Charter - A Fiordland yacht charter vacation in New Zealand will be an experience unlike any other. It is a certainty that you will be awe inspired and deeply affected.

Below is a selection of New Zealand luxury crewed charter yachts available -  there are even more here or contact us for additional information here.

Auckland Yacht Charter News

Yachting Developments in New Zealand getting ready for Launch of 33.7-metre S/Y Hull 1012
Silvertip racing at the NZ Millennium Cup 2016 - image Jeff Brown
Yachting Developments announce busy start to the year with 33,7-metre S/Y Hull 1012 getting ready for launch in April and Sportsfisher Hull 1015 well under way with the construction.
Eagerly awaited launch of NEW 50m Expedition Superyacht Y/N 1016 at McMullen & Wing
YN 1016 by McMullen & Wing hitting the water
Auckland-based shipyard, McMullen & Wing has successfully launched the all-new 50m expedition yacht Y/N 1016, beautifully designed by Greg Marshall, who was also present at the launch. She will now receive finishing touches and undergo her commissioning and sea trials.
Extensive programme of works for Luxury Charter Yacht VvS1 at McMullen & Wing
Luxury Charter Yacht VvS1 in Fiordland - Photo by Michael Eaglen (McMullen & Wing)
The oustanding 34m charter yacht VvS1 will undergo a 10-year Lloyds special survey and replacing of the generators and shore power converter at the McMullen & Wing's Auckland shipyard, starting in April 2016. She will also go through some general maintenance and improvements.
Diverse Projects Launch Innovative ATLAS Yacht Support Vessel Concept
Atlas Superyacht Support Vessel by Diverse Projects
Atlas yacht support vessel represents one of the latest projects by the New Zealand-based company Diverse Projects, created based on their previous experience in yacht support vessel conversions.
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Wally Yacht Better Place under sail - Photo by Gilles Martin-Raget
Hall Spars New Zealand have reported a busy period, with construction currently underway for four new custom built Oceanfurl booms for sailing yachts Oyster 825-05 and 825-06, a Hill 20-metre yacht, as well as a Dubois-designed 37m superyacht.
Super-fast Sailing Yacht MARI CHA III fitted with custom carbon Doyle Stratis ICE sails
44m charter yacht MARI CHA III fitted with custom carbon Doyle Stratis ICE sails
Custom carbon Doyle Stratis ICE sails have been fitted to iconic charter yacht Mari Cha III, giving her a burst of speed. She has completed 5000 miles in just over a month of cruising.

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Pacific Superyacht News

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Yachting and Charter in the South Pacific: Revamped Micro Website Launched by SPTO
Niue - Photo by David Kirkland
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New Asia Pacific Yacht Charter Destinations to be Present at the 2015 Monaco Yacht Show
Credit Asia Pacific Superyachts Indonesia
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Diving in Fiji - Photo credit to Superyacht Private Expeditions
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South Pacific Map
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‘Sydney to Hobart’ Sailing Yacht LUPA OF LONDON for charter in NEW ZEALAND
Auckland - Photo by Chris McLennan - Image courtesy of Tourism New Zealand
The outstanding performance sailing yacht LUPA OF LONDON has announced her charter availability in New Zealand from January 2015, following her participation in the 2015 Rolex Sydney To Hobart Yacht Race.
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Renowned for its breathtaking scenery, natural beauty and as a fantastic destination for adventurous travellers, New Zealand was represented by Tourism New Zealand and Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) at the recently held 2015 Singapore Yacht Show. Both, TNZ and ATEED have taken the opportunity to showcase this unique destination to the luxury superyacht owners,...