Bay of Islands Yacht Charter

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The Bay of Islands is without doubt one of the most favored cruising and yacht charter locations within New Zealand. Travelers and locals alike are drawn to the Bay of Island's protected bay for it's mild sub-tropical climate, hundreds of uninhabited islands and pure serenity.

Russell and Opua are the two main yacht charter bases in the Bay of Islands. Radiating out from Russell and Opua are over 86 islands and almost endless protected anchorages over a 45-mile radius. Cape Brett is the northeast and KeriKeri is at the southwest corner of the Bay of Islands. When chartering a yacht in the Bay of Islands expect fertile green hills rolling down to white beaches bordering emerald clear waters.


Photo1: Waka at Waitangi - Northland - New Zealand - Photo by Adventure Films - Credit to Tourism New Zealand; Photo 2: Bay of Islands - Kayaks - Photo by David Wall - Credit to Tourism New Zealand; Photo 3: Sunset at Bay of Islands - Photo by Destination Northland - Credit to Tourism New Zealand;

A yacht charter in the beautiful, Bay of Islands, can be delightful. The Bay of Islands maritime park is comprised of 144 islands, secluded bays, untouched coastline and natural harbors. The cool waters are abundant with sea life including kingfish, marlin, dolphins and seals. You can even rummage for clams, mussels and shellfish for your evening meal. The Bay of Islands is unique and the only way to enjoy them all is on a yacht charter. Offshore, the islands are stunningly beautiful. Onshore, the pretty towns are steeped in New Zealand history.

Urupukapuka, the largest of the islands, forms a natural barrier protecting the inner islands from ocean swells. On the lee side of the island are several bays offering safe, picturesque anchorages. Other main islands, well worth a look at on your yacht charter, are Moturua and Roberton Islands. They boast sandy golden beaches and sheltered anchorages. The northern islands of Cavali are a haven for divers who come for the opportunity to dive the wreck of New Zealand's, "Rainbow Warrior". The northern islands also tend to become inundated with fish species from the tropics, over summer, becoming a haven for fishing enthusiasts.

Photo: Entrance to Ruapekapeka Pa - Northland - Bay of Islands - Photo by Rob Suisted - Credit to Tourism New Zealand 

Enjoy the fjord like shelter of Whangaroa Harbor; a fascinating haven of peaceful anchorages and secluded bays. Sail south of the Bay of Islands past the famous "Hole in the Rock".

The types of yacht charter available in The Bay of Islands, New Zealand, includes motoring, sailing, corporate charter, skippered, crewed yachts, catamaran, power boat, sailboat, luxury yachts and superyacht charters.

The main sailboat charter season, from November to April is designed to take advantage of ideal sailing conditions. The Bay of Islands enjoys a mild climate. Summer is generally settled with warm days and onshore breezes.

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