Yacht charter in New Zealand
Sailing holidays in the Bay of Islands
Come sailing in New Zealand with Fairwind Charters and discover the Bay of Islands
Below is a brief description of the area -
It's possible to sail in New Zealand at any time of the year. Summer is the most popular time,and stretches from late November to the end of March, with day time temperatures around 23 degrees Celsius, and water temperatures between 19 and 23 degrees. However, fair weather prevails from October to the end of May. The shoulder seasons can be charming with fine weather and few other boats about. Winter nights are cold, but days often bring a stunning clarity of air and water.
The Bay is famed for its dolphins and you will likely be visited by a friendly pod. The fishing is good; snapper being the favoured catch. Shellfish for the taking include scallops, mussels, and the native pipi.
Divers would want to sail to the world renowned marine reserve of the Poor Knights’ Islands (left) south of the Bay, or dive on the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior – destroyed by sabotage in 1985.
There are historic sites to visit ashore. Waitangi (right) is the site the signing of the nations founding document. The tranquil Assassination Cove is remembered as the site of a bloody confrontation between European explorers and the local Maori. A lonely cross at now deserted Oihi commemorates the first Christian service in New Zealand.
Cruising the Northland coast
For those who wish to head further afield, the spectacular Whangaroa Harbour (left) is an easy days sail north of the Bay and is a ‘must’ visit. Heading South there are numerous harbours and bays scattered along the 100 miles of coast between the Bay and Auckland, "The City of Sails" (below). Those who wish to stretch the boat’s legs can experience the 50 mile open water sail to the rugged mountains of Great Barrier Island (right). One way voyages between the Bay of Islands and Auckland can be arranged. Visitors from the Northern Hemisphere are often surprised at the unexploited nature of the cruising area. There are just two marinas between the Bay of Islands and Auckland and cruisers should provision accordingly.
Sailing in New Zealand ()
The most popular sailing area in New Zealand is the 170 miles of the East coast north from the main city of Auckland, with the Bay of Islands being approximately in the centre of this region. While this section of coast is exposed to weather from the North and East, safe all weather harbours are seldom more than a few hours sail. This area includes Whangaroa Harbour, Poor Knights Islands, the Hauraki Gulf, and the western side of Great Barrier Island. This is New Zealand’s premier cruising ground, dotted with safe harbours and sheltered coves and our yachts are licensed to sail throughout this area.
The coast of New Zealand south of Auckland offers few opportunities for shelter.
Cruising in the Bay of Islands () ()
The Bay of Islands is a compact body of water. It's just seven miles from our base in Opua (left) to the nearest island anchorage and 9 miles more to Cape Brett at the southern extremity of the Bay. In this area are four main islands and numerous smaller ones. It is the most popular holiday sailing destination in New Zealand. Safe waters and variety make the Bay of Islands a sailing destination known world wide.
There will always be choice of sheltered anchorages: the four main islands offer many small coves with clean sandy beaches and the opportunity for a forest or grassland hike ashore (right). The area is rich in both European and Maori history: Cook anchored here and named the bay, the first white missionaries chose the Bay of Islands as their base. It is much more than a place to sail.
And if you want to leave society behind you can have an island to yourself. A bareboat sailing charter gives you the opportunity to choose your own destination.
For those who want to venture beyond the flat waters of the Bay there is Northland’s coastline, indented with safe havens. The bareboat sailing charter licence for our yachts stretches over 170 miles of the country.
See a customised Google map showing anchorages and information on our cruising area.
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