The country has more boats per capita than any other nation; this is not surprising if one considers the spectacular chartering opportunities that New Zealand has to offer. The North Island, with Bay of Islands and Hauraki Gulf, offers miles of coastline, which is dotted with off-shore islands and superb, unspoiled beaches. From the South Island, explore the sheltered waterways and incredible scenery of Marlborough and Milford Sounds, and discover the natural beauty of the Able Tasman National Park.
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Winds tend to blow from the east averaging 15-25 knots. Navigation can be difficult due to numerous reefs. Best time to visit is between November and June.
A number of major operators fly to Auckland, with stop overs in Hong Kong or LA (for example) depending on the route taken. The Hauraki Gulf is then a short transfer from the airport, and the Bay of Islands is a longer drive north of Auckland. For Milford Sound either take a connecting, local, flight to wellington and then a ferry ride across the Straits to Picton on the South Island, or fly to Christchurch on the South Island and then drive North to the Sound.
SUGGESTED 7 NIGHT SAILING ITINERARY FROM THE BAY OF ISLANDS
Day 1: Join your yacht at the Marina on Opua Wharf and anchor for the night at Matawhi Bay (3nm) Day 2: Matawhi Bay to Army Bay (via Roberton Island) (7nm) Day 3: Army Bay to Whangaroa (38nm) Day 4: Exploring Whangaroa Day 5: Whangaroa to Marsden Cross (37nm) Day 6: Marsden Bay to Paradise Bay (7nm) Day 7: Paradise Bay to Te Hue (via Cape Brett) (17nm) Day 8: Return to the Marina on Opua Wharf for disembarkation
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