Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city and home to the Sparkling Waitemata Harbour & Hauraki Gulf, is a haven for superyachts. The Viaduct Harbour Marine precinct in the central city was purpose-built for the 2000 America's Cup and is surrounded by some of New Zealand’s leading restaurants and bars.
Just 12km from downtown Auckland lays Waiheke Island, New Zealand’s answer to the famous Martha’s Vineyard in the USA. With world renowned vineyards & cafes, stunning beaches, excellent fishing & art like you won’t find anywhere in the world, Waiheke make the perfect first stop for any guest trip.
Go east from Waiheke & you have a multitude of islands & harbours to visit, each with their own attractions… Great Barrier Island, the guardian of the Hauraki Gulf is 70% Department of Conservation owned. Walks and hikes of all lengths straddle the island with waterfalls & stunning views over native forest out to the sea. Beaches with their own smoke houses to smoke the fish caught that day, and fantastic surf beaches make up just a little bit of this Island.
Head south from Great Barrier & you come across the Coromandel Peninsula where you can dig a hole in the sand and sit in a pool of hot spring water enjoying the lapping seawater just metres away, or fly inland and abseil 400m into the earth in Waitomo - and black water raft out. Coromandel also gives you access by helicopter to the centre of the North Island & home to cultural New Zealand - Rotorua. Surrounded by boiling mud pools and geysers, you can listen to the haunting sound of a maori waiata (song) or enjoy trout fishing on Lake Rotoiti or Rotorua.
Just over the hill is Lake Taupo, another trout fishing mecca & a meeting point for the North Island hunting fraternity where you can go deer, boar & duck shooting. Excellent guides are on hand to take you into the many surrounding forests to try your luck. For those not keen on this, luxury lodges with excellent restaurants & spas abound, along with scenic tours up into the North Island ski slopes which are fantastic for mountain biking if the need arises. Or fly south from the Coromandel and visit New Zealand’s active marine volcano – White Island. Picnic on the island or dive its warm thermal waters…
North of Auckland lies the stunning Bay of Islands, home to 144 islands and close to amazing dive sites including the Poor Knights, named by the inimitable Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Underground caves, tunnels and archways are home to an extraordinary variety seaweeds and dense populations of friendly, colourful fish, or visit the 3 sunken ships which now form marine reserves for fascinated divers. The Bay of Islands also offers an excellent stop off point for many land based trips of the Upper North Island. On the West Coast of Northland lies a giant Kauri tree, the 1200 year old Tane Mahuta. With a guide you’ll hear the maori legends while you’re walking through virgin native forest. Or for those wanting some real action, head across to Ahipara or 90 Mile Beach at the top of the North Island for a bit of adventure 4x4 driving across the dunes or land sailing on blow karts before having a maori hangi on the beach. Golf anyone??? Kauri Cliffs, one of New Zealand’s most spectacular golf courses sits above the sea, and for only a couple of hundred US$, you can play 18 holes with the best views you could ever imagine.
If you want to stay onboard - there are more fishing and diving sites you can imagine, picturesque bays & warm sunny weather.