New Zealand Itinerary
Disarmingly peaceful, New Zealand boasts the raw beauty and easygoing swagger of its southern neighbor, Australia. Like a scene from a movie, snap your fingers and you’ll be transported to any place imaginable; from volcanoes to fjords, towering mountains to sun-bleached beaches, the range of geographical wonders found on the island are enchanting. But don’t let the rolling hills and lush greenery deceive you; New Zealand is home to a host of thrill-seeking activities including: zorbing, sky diving, helicopter skiing, and much more. Consisting of two islands, the North Island and the South Island, discover the “road” less traveled as you sail through the waters of the Pacific and Tasman Sea around the islands. Fall in love with the landscape, the culture, and the people—you’ll find yourself wanting to become a kiwi.
DAY 1 — AUCKLAND
Fly into Auckland to meet your yacht. Spend the day exploring the sights and sounds of this modern metropolis. Be sure to visit the Auckland Museum, where you will learn about the unique history of Auckland and New Zealand. While in Auckland cross your fingers for a chance to see a live performance by Maori dancers.
DAY 2 — WAIHEKE ISLAND
Cruise from Auckland to the Hauraki Gulf. On the way, stop at Rangitoto, the youngest and largest of the volcanic islands. Enjoy a picnic lunch and, time permitting, visit the world’s largest pohutukawa forest—New Zealand’s Christmas tree. In the afternoon, visit Waiheke Island and visit one of its 20 wineries. Enjoy an evening meal ashore at Vino Vino for some excellent seafood delicacies.
DAY 3 — COROMANDEL PENINSULA
Heading due east, you’ll come to the once-booming gold town of Coromandel. In 1852, Charles Ring literally stuck gold when he discovered a gold mine two miles north of the city. Visit the museum in this historical haven or peruse shops filled with the crafts of local artisans.
DAY 4 — TRYPHENA, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND
Tryphena is a busy port on Great Barrier Island. Spend the day visiting the beautiful Kaitoke Hot Springs or sunbathing on Medlands Beach. The bay is well suited for watersports so take the opportunity to jet ski, tube and enjoy the yacht’s water toys. At dusk head back to the boat as the island does not have electricity.
DAY 5 — PORT FITZROY, GREAT BARRIER ISLAND
Port Fitzroy is a natural harbor, home to an array of wildlife, including several species of endangered birds. Try to spot a flighty friend as you hike up Warren’s Track and are rewarded at the end with a splendid view of a waterfall. If you’re starting to heat up, take dip in one of the many swimming spots offered in the streams along the track. Later, visit the local plantation where natives harvest kauri for boatbuilding.
DAY 6 — KAWAU ISLAND
Also located in the Gulf is Kawau Island. Visit Mansion House, the Victorian home of former New Zealand Governor Sir George Grey. An avid collector of plants and animals the grounds still boast impressive orchards, gardens and wildlife. Tours are available daily.
DAY 7 — AUCKLAND
Make your way back to Auckland on the final day of your charter. Spend the morning visiting the charming shops in the Devonport neighborhood. Later, visit the Auckland War Memorial Museum for an extensive exhibit on the local Maori people and culture of the Pacific Islands or take in seafaring history at the Voyager Maritime Museum.
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