To see a whole world eco-system in one place would be a dream come true – wake-up, you’re in New Zealand.
Take your charter yacht south to Milford Sound in Fiordland, cruise amongst glorious bays, cascading falls, island-studded gulfs, or explore the inland lakes and rivers. Fish, swim, dive, or just watch – the waters are abundant with dolphins, whales, and seals.
In the North, Auckland’s blend of harbor, islands, Polynesian culture and modern city environment has created a lifestyle worth experiencing. Walk back in time to the Victorian and Edwardian eras when you visit New Zealand’s oldest city – Dunedin, also know for its rare wildlife and superb fishing. Her coastline varies from wild and rugged, to tranquil and relaxing – begging adventure or just a sun bath.
Along the coast, 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 its 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.
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.
There are numerous options of places to visit, local vineyards to try, traditional cultures to learn about. In general the charter season, from November to April (summer in this part of the world) is designed to take advantage of ideal sailing conditions. The Bay of Islands enjoys a mild climate. This gorgeous destination is a long way from other places, which is one of the reasons it has remained unspoiled. Maintaining the local ecology is important to the country as a whole and the average New Zealander will take off for a spot of fishing, sailing or hiking on a Friday afternoon! Let the Regency BVI team get you launched aboard a yacht in this spectacular & interesting part of the world. We recommend making your trip ten nights at a minimum, longer if your schedule permits.