Australia & New Zealand Yacht Charter

Here is a selection of charter yachts available in Australia and New Zealand

The Australia and New Zealand yacht charter scenes are varied and diverse. From the magnificent coral reefs of Queensland, to the historical ports of Tasmania or the ancient green peaks of the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand, a yacht charter vacation in Australasia is guaranteed to provide a taste of something rare.

Dreamtime - Melbourne - Photo credit to Tourism Austrlia - Photographer SDP Media


Australia's most acclaimed yacht charter areas include:

  • Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef: The Great Barrier Reef stretches for miles down the east coast of Queensland and is the largest Barrier Reef in the world. Naturally, the diving, snorkeling and fishing are superb.
  • The Whitsundays: Mostly national park islands, some spotted with first class resorts. The Whitsundays offer the warmth and beauty of the South Pacific, with the sophistication and quality facilities, of any first world country.
  • Sydney & Pittwater: Australia's most vibrant city. The stunning harbor of Sydney is the ideal place for a sailboat, power boat or corporate yacht charter. The Hawkesbury River, just north of Sydney, winds for over 50 miles inland through spectacular sandstone cliffs, small towns, uninhabited islands and woods.
  • Fraser Island: The world's largest sand island and a place of incredible natural beauty. An island of white sand dunes, patterned with fresh water lakes. Fraser is renowned for an amazing eco-system of bird, marine and wildlife.
  • Hobart: Tasmania is a scenic, historical treasure
  • Perth: Western Australia is adored for its brilliant blue skies, warm sunny climate and white sandy beaches. Its beauty is in its natural isolation, size and the merging of two oceans.

Kangaroo on Australian Beach


The New Zealand yacht charter scene is equally as spectacular. The country holds an ancient, mystic charm. The geography is diverse and stunning. Being a country of seasons and change; New Zealand always has something to offer toward a delightful yacht charter holiday. Auckland's Hauraki Gulf, Coromandel and the Bay of Islands offers miles of coastline, freckled with off shore islands and stunning beaches. The south island offers the protected waterways and spectacular scenery of Marlborough and Milford Sounds as well as the natural beauty of the Abel Tasman. New Zealand also offers the very best in world class cuisine and wine, which means whether you charter a bareboat, crewed, power boat or sail boat or a luxury yacht, you're guaranteed to enjoy it in style.

Anura Bay, East Coast, New Zealand- Credit P Jones

Australia Yacht Charter - There are many great Australia yacht charter opportunities. The two internationally known and world-class yacht charter areas in Australia are the Whitsunday Islands and the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland and the Pittwater or Hawkesbury waterways in the New South Wales, near Sydney

New Zealand Yacht Charter - The New Zealand yacht charter scene is quite spectacular. But it's no surprise that New Zealand and yacht charters go hand in glove. The New Zealanders (Kiwis) are particularly at home on the water with more boats per capita than any other country.

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Below is a selection of charter yachts available in Australia and New Zealand, for a larger choice of charter yachts, click here

Australia Yacht Charter News

Sailing yacht WILD OATS XI Crew preparing for next week’s Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
100ft Supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI at the 2013 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race - Image by Brett Costello
The highly experienced crew of the 30m Supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI is currently preparing for next week's Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. The vessel's final ocean trials will be conducted off Sydney this weekend.
Andrea Francolini – The photographer who has been with sailing yacht Wild Oats XI for a decade
Andrea Francolini
Andrea Francolini is the photographer, who has been with the 100-foot Supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI for a decade. On Boxing Day this year, Andrea will be at the start of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race as official photographer for Bob Oatley’s Wild Oats XI.
Two New Directors for Horizon Motor Yachts Australia
Two New Directors for Horizon Motor Yachts Australia
The well known Taiwan-based shipyard, Horizon Yachts, has recently welcomed two new Directors to Horizon Motor Yachts Australia: Matt Yapp and Gary Wahlstedt. They are both current Horizon yacht owners; Matt owns the Horizon E88 superyacht White Caviar and Gary owns the Horizon E73 motor yacht Swell Time.
Supermaxi sailing yacht WILD OATS XI Final Modification for Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
Wild Oats XI Yacht at RSHYR 2012 - Credit to Rolex/Carlo Borlenghi
The most successful yacht to have contested the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race in its 70 year history, the 100-foot Supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI is out of the water for a final modification.
Aurora delivers 100ft Supermaxi sailing yacht COMANCHE set to debut at Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
100ft superyacht Comanche delivered by Aurora - Image credit to Aurora Yacht Logistics
Aurora Global Logistics, in conjunction with Peters & May, were pleased and honored to have been involved with the transport and logistics of the 100ft Supermaxi yacht Comanche, set to debut at the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race.
Partnership of DYT Yacht Transport and OCEARCH
DYT Yacht Transport’s 686’ flagship Yacht Express is shown here in Port Everglades, Fla., before heading Down Under with its cargo of precious yachts, including the 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH (blue hull). (photo credit Tom Serio Photography).
DYT Yacht Transport has partnered with Ocearch to save the oceans. The 126-foot research vessel M/V OCEARCH is currently making its way from Port Everglades in Florida to Brisbane in Australia on board DYT’s 686’ flagship Yacht Express. The OCEARCH team will begin its research in early 2015.

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New Zealand Superyacht News

Oceania Marine working on refit of 31,5m motor yacht BLACK PEARL
31,5m super yacht Black Pearl under refit at Oceania Marine - Image credit to Oceania Marine
New Zealand-based refit shipyard, Oceania Marine, is currently working on the refit of the 2011 super yacht Black Pearl. She will receive a hull repaint in her beautiful metallic grey and minor coating repairs on the superstructure, as well as general maintenance works.
NZ Millennium Cup 2015 to feature Dubois Race Day
NZ Millennium Cup 2015 to be hosted by the beautiful Bay of Islands yacht holiday destination, nestled in New Zealand
The picturesque waters of the lovely Bay of Islands yacht rental location, nestled in New Zealand, will host the 2015 NZ Millennium Cup from January 21 to 23. In 2015, the South Pacific's premier superyacht regatta will feature the Dubois Race Day for the first time.
New Zealand coastline opened for increased superyacht chartering
Luxury sailing yacht Silvertip - Great Barrier Island NZ
NZ Marine has unveiled a streamlined clearance process for foreign flagged yachts, wishing to charter in New Zealand waters. The new process removes the need for a bond, with an owner's written guarantee to leave New Zealand waters after 24 months, now satisfactory.
Yachting Developments announces new yard site
Superyacht Hull 1012 under construction at Yachting Developments' new site yard
Yachting Developments has relocated to a new, larger yard site. This is currently hosting the 33,5m Frers-designed superyacht Hull 1012, due to be delivered in 2016.
Sailings year round to and from New Zealand and Australia on offer at Sevenstar Yacht Transport
MV Happy Dragon underway from Europe and USA to the South Pacific
Sailings year round to and from New Zealand and Australia are on offer at Sevenstar Yacht Transport, in partnership with DYT Yacht Transport. November 23, 2014 saw MV Happy Dragon arrive in Auckland and will proceed to Newcastle, Australia in due time for the clients to enjoy the Holidays onboard their yachts.
Amphibious technology kit for superyacht tender builders launched by Sealegs
Amphibious technology kit for superyacht tender builders by Sealegs
Sealegs has launched an amphibious kit for superyacht tender builders, turning their own craft into land and sea vehicles. The system is expected to prove particularly popular with explorer yachts as it presents an answer to landing in remote and challenging places.
Construction of new 33,5m Hull 1012 Yacht by Yachting Developments progressing well
New 33,5m super yacht Hull 1012 under construction - Image credit to Yachting Developments
Construction of the new 33,5m super yacht Hull 1012 is progressing as planned at Yachting Developments in Auckland, New Zealand. This beautiful sloop is due to be delivered in early 2016.
Johnson Yachts building motor yacht Johnson 80 designed by Kevin Dibley
Luxury motor yacht Johnson 80 - Profile and Accommodation Layout
The all-new 80ft superyacht Johnson 80 is currently under construction at Johnson Yachts in Auckland, New Zealand. Boasting a sleek and low profile as well as a ery stable and highly efficient hull form, the vessel has been beautifully designed by Kevin Dibley.