Yacht charter in New Zealand

Sailing holidays in the Bay of Islands

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Fairwind Yacht Charters New Zealand

Fairwind New Zealand Yacht Charters. Main Wharf, Opua, Bay of Islands. Tel: +64 9 4027821 Mob: +64 274 789994

Try the links below for useful information on planning your charter.

Getting to the Bay of Islands:
Our base
is located at the village of Opua, some three and a half hours drive north of Auckland city and four from the international airport. Take State Highway 1 north to Kawakawa, then SH 10 and follow signs to Opua. Paihia, the main tourist town for the area, is 6km ($23 taxi) north of Opua.
car parking is available from Opua Marina ($8 per day, booking not required). On street parking is free.
Air New Zealand has flights between Auckland and Kerikeri. A shuttle service meets each flight and makes the half hour journey to Opua. Cost: $85 per trip (up to six passengers) by Paihia Taxi's or Kerikeri Taxis and Shuttle. Drivers will stop at the Paihia supermarket for provisioning if requested.
bus services between Auckland and Opua (Paihia) are operated by Intercity  or Naked Bus and ManaBus  Note that Naked Bus and Mana share the same service. Costs are between $1 and $57 depending on service and advance booking. Opua Hill is the closest stop to our base. Contact us if you are traveling by bus so that we can arrange to pick you up from the stop.

Far North Rentals is currrently the only rental car company that allows one way hire with a drop off option at Opua. Cost is around $390 each way.

Paihia, a 5 minute drive from our base in Opua, is the accommodation centre for the Bay of Islands. Go to
Bay-of-Islands.co for a directory of local acommodation. Opua has small motels and B&B's. We can recommend the Opua Motel.

Shopping and provisioning:
Opua General Store has a selection of basic provisioning (including bread baked daily) but limited fresh produce.
The closest supermarket is Paihia Countdown, about 7 minutes drive from Opua. You can shop online at Countdown for instore pickup (choose ‘Delivery to Paihia Central Click and Collect’ for delivery option) or delivery, but if choosing delivery to our base you must choose a delivery time that is later than the charter start time as we have no food storage facilities at our office. Our address is Fairwind Charters, 1 Beechy St, Opua.  If you are driving to us from Auckland you can provision at Whangarei supermarkets on the way here.

Fairwind can also do your provisioning for you, although we charge for this service. Ask for our Provisioning List.

Russell  is a good place to top up on fresh supplies during your charter from one of the town’s two well stocked stores.

You should aim to provision for the entrie cruise as reprovisioning options are limited to Russell and Whangaroa.

Weather information:
NZ MetService website has local forecasts (the Bay of Islands is in sea area Brett), weather maps, and satellite images. Get the Recreational Marine Forecast for the Bay of Islands for the latest weather update.

When cruising there is a VHF radio weather service provided by the NZ Coastguard that gives forecasts, actual wind readings and tide times on a continuous basis.

Tide tables are provided on board. The tidal range in the Bay of Islands is never more than 2m and tidal streams are negligible, but try this link for the official tide tables.

Along with chart plotters, there are all paper charts for the area on board our boats . The Land Information New Zealand web site provides versions for download. Choose chart numbers 5125 and 5124 for the Bay of islands, or 512 for the coastal area. High resolution tiff images range between 3-10 MB to download.

Licences are not required for salt water fishing in New Zealand, but size limits and bag limits apply to most fish and shellfish. Information about this will be provided on board your boat but for on-line information for the Bay of Islands area visit the Ministry of Fisheries website.

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