In 2022 the Bay of Islands in New Zealand will host its inaugural superyacht sport fishing competition – a world-first that is expected to increase luxury yacht charters in this stunning South Pacific destination.
The fishing competition was created by the NZ Marine Export Group to give yachting enthusiasts another reason to visit and explore the impressive coasts. It will be held ahead of the NZ Millennium Cup superyacht regatta and will be open to yachts over 24m/78.8ft with up to five entrants per yacht.
Regatta entry includes temporary membership to the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club, the country’s oldest game fishing club and the second oldest in the world. It will provide attending superyachts with expert guides, equipment and advice as required for all entered vessels.
Locals are already aware of the world record-breaking catch these waters hold: prized kingfish, snapper, yellowfin tuna, striped marlin, blue marlin, black marlin, broadbill swordfish and mahimahi await eager fishing enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels and make a delicious reward that can be prepared for lunch by the expert on-board chef.
The Poor Knights Islands is also to the north and is a must-visit destination for Scuba divers, with some rewarding snorkelling spots available as well. There are white sand beaches to the north, the Abel Tasman National Park for kayaking, snorkelling and wildlife encounters with turtles, dolphins and rays, and both the Chatham Islands and Stuart Island (a.k.a. Rakiura) are wildlife sanctuaries where incredible endemic bird life thrives.
This southern hemisphere destination is a great alternative to the Caribbean and Bahamas charter grounds for the festive season, with the South Pacific islands nearby providing even more incredible fishing and diving spots as well as remote beaches for days of uninterrupted serenity with cherished family and friends.