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

Queensland’s Sanctuary Cove Marina accredited ‘Fish Friendly’ status
Caption L to R  Keith Allardice, Helen Motteram and John Hogan at Sanctuary Cove Marina
Queensland’s Sanctuary Cove Marina, a lovely Australia yacht holiday location, has achieved the ‘Fish Friendly Marina’ accreditation by the Marina Industries Association.
‘Marina Hall of Fame’ Status for Empire Marina Bobbin Head, Sydney
1.	Darren Vaux, Director EMBH  receiving the Hall of Fame Certificate from Colin Bransgrove, MIA
Nestled in the lovely Australia yacht holiday destination - Sydney, the Empire Marina Bobbin Head has recently received the Hall of Fame Certificate. This was handed over by Colin Bransgrove from the Marina Industries Association (MIA).
Port of Eden Marina – The Safe Harbour Project
Eden in New South Wales, a lovely Australia yacht holiday location
After years of studies and lobbying, the NSW Government has allocated $10 million for a safe harbour in Eden's Snug Cove in New South Wales, a beautiful Australia yacht holiday location. There are also the plans for a superyacht marina with about 200 berths, probably to be built in 2 stages.
Southport Yacht Club accredited as a Level 3 Clean Marina
Clean Marina Accreditation for SYC
Southport Yacht Club, located on Queensland's Gold Coast, has achieved a Level 3 accreditation, as part of the International Clean Marinas environmental program, administered by the Marina Industries Association (MIA).
First ever Marina Investment Seminar to be held in Sydney on October 2, 2014
Jeff d'Albora
Th glamorous Australia yacht holiday location - Sydney will play a host to the first ever Marina Investment Seminar. This will run on Thursday, October 2, 2014.
ASMEX 2014 attended by CEO of Gulf Craft Erwin Bamps
Erwin Bamps, Gulf Craft’s CEO, one of the key speakers at the ASMEX 2014
May 2014 saw Erwin Bamps, Gulf Craft’s CEO, attend the 4th edition of the Australian Superyacht and Marine Export (ASMEX) conference as one of the key speakers. He talked about how perceptions of locations can both challenge and benefit a brand.

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New Zealand Superyacht News

Exterior helm stations for superyachts by IMED to be showcased at Monaco Yacht Show 2014
Exterior helm station for a superyacht by IMED
New Zealand-based exterior helm station designer and installer, IMED, will be attending the next month's Monaco Yacht Show for the very first time. The company has installed their exterior helm stations on such outstanding vessels as sailing yacht Thalia and motor yacht Como.
Monaco Yacht Show to once again feature New Zealand Street
New Zealand Street
Set to run in the lovely Mediterranean yacht charter destination - Monaco next month, the prestigious Monaco Yacht Show will once again feature the New Zealand Street, displaying the strength of New Zealand’s superyacht industry.
Major upgrades for Damen Sea Axe Shadow Support Yacht UMBRA at Oceania Marine’s North Shipyard
Damen shadow support yacht Umbra at Oceania Marine's North Shipyard
The 51,3m Damen Sea Axe shadow support yacht Umbra will undergo major upgrades at Oceania Marine's North Shipyard, positioned in Port Whangarei, New Zealand. The project is scheduled for completion within the next three months.
NZ Millennium Cup 2015 entry officially opens
NZ Millennium Cup - Haka Welcome
Entry to the NZ Millennium Cup 2015 is now open, with yachts waiting to sign up. The premier South Pacific superyacht regatta is gearing up to take place in its new location of the Bay of Islands, and a number of yachts have been waiting anxiously for entries to open.
Video: 42m motor yacht THE BIG BLUE in New Zealand
A video interview with the Mayer family – the owners of the 42m Troy expedition yacht The Big Blue (ex Imbros) - on why they recommend the beautiful New Zealand yacht holiday location as a cruising destination for superyachts.
Sailing yacht Christopher hosted by Pendennis for annual Lloyd’s survey
Superyacht Christopher by Pendennis and Ron Holland
The majestic 46-metre superyacht Christopher returned to her home yard Pendennis for her annual Lloyd's survey this winter, before attending the 2014 Pendennis Cup, where she took second place overall.
New Business Development Manager for Alloy Yachts
Tony Hambrook
Chris Brown has become a new Business Development Manager for the New Zealand superyacht shipyard, Alloy Yachts. He was the Project Coordinator for such outstanding vessels as 67,2m luxury sailing yacht Vertigo.
New service centre established by Oceania Marine Shipyards and Hall Spars & Rigging
42m Catamaran (Ketch) – Rig Removal
A landmark agreement has been signed by Oceania Marine Shipyards and Hall Spars & Rigging. This will see the two companies service large sailing rigs from the new service centre, located at Port Whangarei in New Zealand.