New Zealand

 It will come as no surprise that sailing is a national pastime, as this minute country is encompassed by water. In fact, Auckland has been the host for the America’s Cup twice. What New Zealand lacks in population, it makes up for with its stunning beauty. This is the ideal setting for rest and relaxation on the shores, or excitement and adventure inland or out on the water. South Island is punctuated by towering mountains that pierce the clouds, and are speckled with snow. This wilderness provides pristine views of nature along the coast. North Island is host to sweeping vistas of bays and gulfs with the occasional volcanic island called motus. This island is also home to the nation’s main city, Auckland. This city, first inhabited by the Maoris, has become the international business hub and tourist destination of New Zealand. The calm, temperate weather, and breathtaking coastline make this city a must-see. Amongst other destinations in New Zealand, some popular stops are the Bay of Islands along North Island’s tip, and the Marlborough Sounds on South Island. Although there is no better place to partake in thrills, relax in luxury, or enjoy a day on the town than at Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf off the North Island.

Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Auckland to Waiheke Island

Known as the City of Sails, you will pick up your yacht in Auckland. Kick off your vacation by indulging in this city’s history and culture at the Auckland Museum, and maybe even see the Maori dancers. Head off for the incredible wineries on Waiheke Island.

Day 2 - Waiheke Island

Here, the powerful Rangitoto volcano can be seen from miles away. Enjoy a hike and a mountain side picnic for lunch. Indulge in an afternoon tasting at one of the islands local wineries. Then dine at Vino Vino in the evening.

Day 3 - Tryphena, Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier Island is the largest in the Hauraki Gulf. Tryphena is the most populated village on this island. Spend the day soaking in the sun on the expansive Medlands beach, or rejuvenate in the Kaitoke Hot Springs. Pull out the water toys, as the bays create the perfect calm waters. In the evening, look at the stars as this island has no electricity or lights to drown them out.

Day 4 - Harataonga Bay, Great Barrier Island

Getting to Harataonga Bay may be a bit challenging for smaller boats, but aboard your yacht it will not be a problem. Due to this limitation, peace and quiet is what you will enjoy when you arrive. Step foot on an isolated beach stretching more than 1,300 feet. Enjoy dinner aboard as you take in the natural, uninhabited beauty. 

Day 5 - Kawau Island

Once at Kawau Island, take the time to walk through the Mansion House, the Victorian era home of the 19th-century governor Sir George Grey. Look out for peacocks and wallabies as you explore. Delight in dinner at the Beach House on Kawau Island.

Day 6 - Whangaparaoa

From the deck of your yacht, look out to the ocean where you can see orcas, dolphins, and whales. Kayak or paddle board into the mangroves or partake in a bushwalk. Just north are the Kauri Cliffs, where you can find one of the world’s top 100 golf courses. Enjoy a round, then take in the sunset aboard.

Day 7 - Auckland

After making landfall, spend the morning at the local shops in the Devonport neighborhood. Indulge in brunch, before heading off. 

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