Destination New Zealand: Home to adventure and stunning landscapes
Home to adventure sports, jaw-dropping landscapes, delicious cuisine and world-class wine, New Zealand is a destination that offers something for everyone and will leave you wanting to discover more.
When to go
December to February is the peak season for traveling in New Zealand, yet the weather is still primed through its shoulder months – November, March and April.
In March 2021, Auckland is hosting the 36th America’s Cup presented by Prada – the competition for the oldest trophy in international sport. With over 80 Superyachts confirmed coming into the region, this spectacular quay-side event is one for the bucket list.
What to see
Relax onboard your luxury yacht in the ‘City of Sails’, dine at world-class restaurants, marvel at the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge, or browse designer shops and the city’s many art galleries and museums. Auckland has some 70,000-plus boats as about one in four households in Auckland has a seacraft of some kind – many of which are available for day and long weekend trips.
The 20-kilometer-long island of Waiheke is a paradise just a short cruise from Auckland and renowned for its wine and beaches. Explore the remarkable vineyards and sample delicious local food and wines. However, if wine tastings don’t appeal to you; we highly recommend visiting the beaches. Onetangi beach is a spectacular two-kilometer-long stretch of white sand and is the largest beach on the island – definitely worth the visit.
The Coromandel Peninsula
The Coromandel Peninsula is home to some of the most awe-inspiring scenery in the North Island. Take time whilst you are here to walk through the sub-tropical rainforests which is home to the Kauri trees which can grow up to 50m tall. A trip to Coromandel would not be complete without experiencing Hot Water Beach. Families, kids and couples can be seen digging their own spa pool in the sand and relaxing in the natural springs.
Great Barrier Island
For stargazing enthusiasts, this island is perfect for relaxing on the deck with a glass of wine and enjoying the stunning starry vistas. During the day, discover the island’s native wildlife in its protected forest hiking trails, or surf or kayak at spectacular beaches and bays.
The Marlborough region is famous for its wines, arts, and crafts. Home to the spectacular Queen Charlotte where you can take a cruise, see wildlife, go sea kayaking, mountain biking or hiking. This region is a sailing paradise with over 1500km of beautiful coastline, stunning coastal forests, and hidden bays, islands and peninsulas to explore.
Where to eat
The dining on board your yacht charter is often the highlight for you and your guests but we understand sometimes you want to explore the gastronomy available on land at your destination.
Antoine’s Restaurant in Auckland
Tony and Beth Astle have owned this popular restaurant for more than a quarter-century, and it retains a reputation as a place for special occasions.
Sidart in Auckland
With award-winning chef Sid Sahrawat behind this fine dining restaurant, it’s no wonder it has risen to such acclaim. The stylish dining room boasts views over the city’s skyline, guests are presented dishes that resemble art on a plate.
Mudbrick Restaurant and Vineyard in Waiheke Island
This restaurant is a stunning spot for a long lunch or wine tasting followed by a stroll through their perfectly maintained gardens overlooking Rangitoto and the Hauraki Gulf
With its sublime forests, mountains, beaches, and fjords, New Zealand is one of the most stunning and beautiful destinations in the world. Allow the Ahoy Club team to advise the perfect yacht for your group and curate your bespoke charter itinerary. Start exploring our yachts available to charter around New Zealand.