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Superyacht Cruising in New Zealand

1st Dec 2015

New Zealand has 14,000 kilometres of staggeringly beautiful coastline just waiting to be discovered. Here's a glimpse of what the country has to offer from the experts themselves - Tourism New Zealand.

An immensely varied destination that boasts glorious harbours, alluring beaches and bays, rainforest, walking trails, volcanic cones and idyllic islands. Not only is Auckland naturally beautiful, it is New Zealand's most culturally diverse region and also offers great shopping and outstanding food and wine. Its temperate climate, sparkling waters and cosmopolitan lifestyle combine to make Auckland one of the most desirable places in the world.

A region synonymous with exclusive private lodges and cliff-top golf courses, the Northland of today is a far cry from when the Maori first paddled ashore over 1000 years ago. The region includes the game fishing ports of Russell and Whangaroa and the Bay of Islands. These spectacular isles, there are over 150 of them, are alive with history and marine life - where every secluded cove and empty beach has a story to tell. The Poor Knights Islands, remnants of ancient volcanoes, stand sentinel over a spectacular marine reserve and beckon divers from all over the world to come and experience the ocean's crystal clarity.

Protected rainforests shrouded in mist and marine reserves ensure the Coromandel region's natural beauty is well preserved; and the coastline is simply spectacular. From the hot springs that bubble up from the sands of Hot Water Beach to the high-arched cave, the natural wonder, that links Cathedral Cove to Mare's Leg cove. The Mercury and Alderman Islands off the Coromandel Coast are surrounded by drop offs and rich reefs, home to stands of magnificent black coral, big game fish and the occasional orca. Water visibility here can reach beyond 30 metres and the islands are a popular cave diving destination.

Its sheltered situation and long sunshine hours make Nelson an ideal cruising destination. Explore the lagoons and islands of the vast Tasman Bay or head west to Abel Tasman National Park, known for its golden beaches, emerald bush-clad hills and native bird life. The three national parks in the region are surrounded by incredibly fertile soil where a variety of produce is grown. Grapes and hops thrive, so it's not surprising that Nelson is home to some of New Zealand's best wine and artisan beer producers. More than 350 working artists and craftspeople live in the region, and are no doubt inspired by its exceptional beauty. A private art tour will give you an opportunity to meet Nelson's studio potters, artist studios and bead and glass galleries.

This region is steeped in Maori legend and has offered safe harbour to sailors for centuries. A myriad of deep coves, bays and fringed with secluded beaches and native bush, the 1500 kilometres of coastline that make up the Marlborough Sounds are a haven of scenic tranquillity. Share and explore the picturesque inlets with dolphins, seals and an abundance of other marine animals, or head ashore. Marlborough is New Zealand's premier wine growing region, home of award-winning sauvignon blancs, superb aromatics, chardonnays and rich pinot noirs.

One of New Zealand's most dramatic and diverse regions with fertile farmlands, lush rainforests, sweeping coastlines and secluded islands. Fiordland's spectacular lakes, majestic snow-capped peaks and impossibly high waterfalls are simply breathtaking. Kayak, dive or board a small plane and explore Fiordland's incomparable beauty. Stewart Island and Rakiura National Park are the jewels of Southland's crown. Home to New Zealand's iconic flightless bird, the kiwi, the island is also known for its brilliant night skies.

For more travel specific information, please contact the official tourism website for New Zealand -

Images by Ruth Lawton, Rob Suisted, Tourism New Zealand and Camper & Nicholsons.

by Camper Nicholsons

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  • Ruth Lawton

The waters are pristine, the fishing and diving are incredible and onshore you'll find a diversity of landscape and activities you never dreamed possible.