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

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

NEW ZEALAND

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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Australia Yacht Charter News

Motor yachts welcome to tour the Great Barrier Reef after coral bleaching
Australia’s Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has confirmed at their annual conference that chartered yachts are not responsible for coral bleaching. Chartered tours to the UNESCO world heritage site are welcome and activities in the various zones have not been affected. Studies on the process of coral bleaching have found that coral exposed to...
Star of David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Documentary 56m Explorer Yacht ALUCIA Refitted by Diverse Projects
Expedition Yacht ALUCIA following her refit in 2016
Star of the latest David Attenborough series, the Great Barrier Reef for BBC, the explorer yacht ALUCIA has recently concluded her refit by Diverse Projects.
71st Rolex Sydney Hobart Race attended by impressive fleet of 108 yachts
Line Honours Winner of the 2015 RSHYR - Comance - Photo by Rolex Stefano Gattini
The 71st edition of the iconic Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race lived up to its name with the most challenging weather and racing conditions the race has seen in over a decade. The 100-foot Comanche took line honours, while the overall winner of the 2015 race was Balance.
S/Y COMANCHE Takes Line Honours at 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race
ROLEX SYDNEY HOBART YACHT RACE 2015 - COMANCHE - Photo Rolex:Kurt Arrigo
Sailing Yacht COMANCHE takes line honours in the prestigious and popular yacht race - the 2015 Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, with Kristy Clark becoming the first female owner to take line honours.
Sleek 100-foot super maxi yacht COMANCHE arrives in Australia to participate in Rolex Sydney Hobart Race
COMANCHE touches down thanks to Aurora Global Logistics
The much-anticipated challenger for the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race, the high-tech 100-foot sailing yacht COMANCHE has recently arrived in Sydney. It will be her second attempt at winning line honours in the iconic Australian race.
Dramatically modified supermaxi yacht Wild Oats XI ready to attend this month’s Rolex Sydney Hobart race
Unveiling of the new-look Wild Oats XI - Image credit to Andrea FrancoliniAUDI
Following her hull modifications, the new-look 100ft sailing yacht Wild Oats XI is now more buoyant in the forward sections, and the bowsprit is longer and more streamlined. She is hoped to win the Rolex Sydney Hobart race for the ninth time.

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New Zealand Superyacht News

33.83m Sailing Yacht CYGNUS MONTANUS Splashes in New Zealand
CYGNUS MONTANUS in Auckland being transported for launch
A brand new luxury sailing yacht CYGNUS MONTANUS saw her launch by the New Zealand shipyard, Yachting Developments this past weekend.
Star of David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef Documentary 56m Explorer Yacht ALUCIA Refitted by Diverse Projects
Expedition Yacht ALUCIA following her refit in 2016
Star of the latest David Attenborough series, the Great Barrier Reef for BBC, the explorer yacht ALUCIA has recently concluded her refit by Diverse Projects.
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.
VANTAGE and AD-VANTAGE – Two Outstanding Vessels Refitted by Oceania Marine
A great video showing the 46M Palmer Johnson superyacht VANTAGE and her support vessel AD-VANTAGE at play in Tahiti. Both vessels have recently completed a major refit at the New Zealand-based Oceania Marine.
Excellent performance of Claasen Superyachts at New Zealand Millennium Cup 2016
108' Shamoun - Photo by Jeff Brown
The two Claasen builds, SHAMOUN and KEALOHA, taking part in the New Zealand Millennium Cup 2016, shined on New Zealand waters during the final day of event. KEALOHA took second place overall.
Fantastic Opening Day of the NZ Millennium Cup for Claasen Yachts
"A superyacht regatta in one of the world’s great natural playgrounds" says NZ Millennium Cup's slogan, perfectly describing the event, which saw a fleet of eight great boats racing for position in the emerald waters of the Bay of Islands on the first day of the regatta.
Luxury Sailing Yacht SILVERTIP available in New Zealand and French Polynesia
SILVERTIP for charter in New Zealand in winter and French Polynesia in summer
The outstanding performance sloop SILVERTIP has announced its availability in New Zealand this winter and French Polynesia in the summer. The yacht is a fabulous option for up to six guests, accommodated in three luxurious cabins.
Sleek and beautiful 37m sailing superyacht ESCAPADE by Fitzroy Yachts
A video of the striking 2014 sailing yacht ESCAPADE, built by Fitzroy Yachts to a design by Dubois Naval Architects. This 37,50-metre fast cruising sloop provides beautiful accommodation across 4 well appointed staterooms.