The South Pacific has seen increased interest as a tourist destination in recent years and more holidaymakers are becoming aware of the exceptional natural beauty New Zealand has to offer on a luxury yacht charter.
From 18m/59ft catamarans all the way up to 100m+/328ft+ mega yachts, there is something to suit every occasion and budget with sundeck Jacuzzis, dive centres and a massive selection of water toys just some of the options to select from. To make the journey even more incredible, there are crews with special skills such as diving and jet ski instruction, professional massage therapists and award-winning chefs.
New Zealand is everything a superyacht charter group could wish for: Warm weather, sandy beaches, a strong outdoor lifestyle and carefully conserved, pristine environments resulting in the preservation and recovery of native fauna and flora not found anywhere else in the world. The north and south islands both have their charms and below are some of the exceptional locations best enjoyed by luxury yacht.
Beginning a luxury yacht charter from Auckland is a breeze with a whole collection of incredible locations right on your doorstep from the start: Great Barrier Island is just across the bay and is home to rare bird life including the Northern Kaka parrot and black petrels. Sandy crescent beaches and sheltered anchorages are easy to come by, and with the remoteness of the island and its small population, there is a high chance that you will be spending your days completely surrounded by nature without any other tourists in sight.
The Poor Knights Islands to the north are known for their exceptional diving sites for a variety of skill levels, and the tropical climate combined with numerous sheltered coves and beaches makes a convenient and tranquil place for family and friends to rest and warm up in the sunshine.
Luxury charter guests looking to cruise or sail around the North Island should stop off and visit Ngarunui Beach south-west of Auckland, where conditions are excellent for surfing and the black sands against crystal clear water could become the memorable backdrop to your sunset meal on the beach.
The Abel Tasman region at the northern tip of South Island is a paradise for wildlife lovers, water sports fans and groups simply looking for a private beach and privacy to soak in the sunshine beside transparent waters. In a single day visitors can kayak and paddleboard along the sandy shores surrounded by lush native vegetation, then snorkel or Scuba dive with wildlife. A hike along the estuaries and wetlands will have visitors serenaded by tui and bellbird calls, particularly at dawn and dusk, and dolphins, whales, seals and sea turtles are common in the area at certain times of the year. Nearby, Nelson is known for its local cuisine and vineyards: The Great Taste Cycle Trail will take charter groups of a tour of New Zealand's incredible scenery while providing a chance to take away a souvenir of your trip.
To the south among Fiordland is the beautiful Milford Sound, which changes appearance from mirror-like reflections of the towering rocky cliffs on still days to a mystical land of powerful waterfalls emerging from the mists. The area outside the marine reserve is excellent fishing grounds and blue cod, grouper, tuna and even kingfish for the satisfaction of catching your lunch before it is cooked by your expert onboard chef.
Spend a night on Stewart Island for a chance to see kiwi in their natural habitat. This odd-looking nocturnal bird is unique to New Zealand and because of introduced pests such as rodents, dogs and cats, it is a rare treat to see them in the wild. The kiwi is not the only reason to visit this remote island on a luxury yacht charter: Excellent visibility in the water makes for great snorkelling and diving in the summer, plus the twisting shoreline is an adventurer’s playground by kayak, windsurfer or sailboat.
The festive summer season around December and New Year are the busiest periods – find out more about how affordable your own sailing or motor yacht charter in New Zealand can be and secure your preferred vessel ahead of time through the professional yacht brokers at CharterWorld.