Have you ever dreamed of sailing into the sunset? …But you have no experience in boating? Our Sailing Safari has been designed for you.
You travel on a privately chartered modern sailing yacht with experienced and knowledgeable local skipper and crew who will take care of everything. Lean back and enjoy this unique experience. If you prefer to be more hands on: raise sail and assist with sailing manoeuvers and take the wheel as conditions allow.
Auckland is known as ‘The City of Sails’. It is fortunate to have on its doorstep one of the world’s largest cruising grounds. With 1500 nautical miles of coastline to explore, including numerous islands within short sailing distances providing a wide choice of anchorages and unspoilt beaches, the Hauraki Gulf provides the perfect destination for your cruising holiday: great sailing, island walks, empty beaches, great sheltered anchorages and outstanding marine life viewing.
Price from €7,600 per person*
Your skipper will suggest the itinerary on a daily basis, ensuring you will get the best possible experience out of your cruise. Your itinerary will depend on weather and sailing conditions, season, your skipper’s personal preferences as well as your own preferences, wherever possible.
The following highlights and activities are examples of what you may experience during your cruise, weather permitting:
Rangitoto summit walk.
Rangitoto is the youngest of Auckland’s volcanos; only 700 years old. It is the closest island to Auckland city, and Islington Bay, the main anchorage, is about 8 miles by boat. Ferries travel there from downtown Auckland several times a day. It has an amazing volcanic landscape of black lava slowly being colonised by moss, plants and trees including the largest Pohutukawa forest in the world. It has been a Recreation Reserve since 1890. It is also an iconic Auckland landmark, which you will see evident in many local artists renderings of the Auckland area.
A brisk walk to the summit of 260m from Islington Bay rewards with magnificent views of the Hauraki Gulf. There are also other walks, both short and long on the island, and you can also take a train tour around the island.
Swim, walk and anchor for dinner.
Motuihe Island is also very close to Auckland city; a recreation reserve with an interesting history, and very popular with day trippers on fine summer days. It has a beach and sheltered anchorage for every wind direction. Ocean Beach on the north side is a beautiful long golden sandy beach and on the south side is a smaller lovely beach. In 2005 it was declared pest free and native bush and wildlife are now being restored to the island. There are numerous walking tracks and it is possible to walk around most of the coastline at low tide.
Experience the arts and wine of Oneroa. Sail to Garden Cove/Owhiti Bay/Hooks Bay. Fishing optional.
Waiheke Island is approximately 12 miles in length, and the island boasts 22 established vineyards, an array of dining options from silver service to vineyard lunches to beach cafes. There are plenty of safe golden sand swimming beaches and delightful cliff top walks, all adding up to make Waiheke Island a holiday destination in itself.
Oneroa, the hub of Waiheke has a unique village atmosphere and is a good place to buy local crafts and restock supplies, sample award winning wines and the interesting collection of cafes and restaurants. Stony Batter on the eastern end, named after the rock formations, is also home to a WWII defence system with an assortment of tunnels, chambers, and gun emplacements which can be visited (don’t forget to take a torch!) This attractive island is now a suburb of Auckland with regular fast ferries from Matiatia. It has major communities mainly on the western end of the island. The northern bays are only suitable for settled southerly conditions whereas the southern side of Waiheke is ideal in northerlies or easterlies. On the east side of Waiheke, Pakatoa, Ponui and Rotoroa Islands beckon with secluded sandy bays and secure anchorages for all conditions.
Visit Coromandel township by dinghy if tide allows, move to Te Kouma harbour if not. Optional fishing, swimming, walking and bird- watching.
The Coromandel is a long peninsula largely protecting the Hauraki Gulf from easterly winds and ocean swells. On its western side are Coromandel Harbour and Te Kouma: secluded harbours with enchanting bays and sandy beaches.
The historic mining town of Coromandel, only accessible at high tide even by dinghy, offers quaint cafes which specialise in seafood delicacies from the local marine farms.
Out around Cape Colville the eastern side is open to the big ocean swells: bays on this side can get very uncomfortable if the wind drops off!
Tiritiri Matangi Island
This island is administered by the Department of Conservation as a scientific reserve, protecting the island for its wildlife, conservation, scientific, recreational and historical values. There are several walking tracks on the island where you can view rare and endangered birds. It is reverting to its original forest with an extensive planting programme. The lighthouse built in 1864 is one of the oldest in New Zealand and the only one easily accessible to the public. Daytime anchorage can be found north of the wharf and behind the reef.
Visit, walk, swim, dinner. Visit Mansion House (optional).
This island has a fascinating history: after centuries of Maori occupation it became the site of one of New Zealand’s earliest mining ventures with manganese and copper mining.
Later, from 1862 – 1888, the Governor Sir George Grey made it his home and remodelled the residence of the mine superintendent, now known as the Mansion House. He planted hundreds of plant species and introduced many exotic and native animals. Wallabies have only recently been removed from the island.
A Historic Reserve has been created to protect the Mansion House and its gardens, the surrounding landscape and the relics from the Copper Mining industry. You can visit the house, walk around the grounds or over to Coppermine Bay. Native bush and exotic trees cover most of the island with some farming land and holiday homes nestled around the many bays on the sheltered west coast. Mansion House Bay is a very popular anchorage and there are several other bays on both sides of Bon Accord harbour, a 3km long inlet which almost divides the island in two.
Swimming, optional fishing, anchor for dinner.
Rakino is a charming island with a small community of houses, mostly holiday homes. Woody Bay is a great anchorage in a north easterly and has a pleasant sandy beach with an access road to the top of the island from where it is a pleasant walk to the wharf at the other end.
Attached to Rangitoto by a narrow causeway; it is quite different in character and is a farmed reserve within the Hauraki Gulf Maritime Park.
Sheltered bays, beaches and walks are features of this island. It has WW11 gun emplacements and a more extensive area of defence buildings at the northern end. Replanting is taking place on parts of the island.
By day 7 of your Sailing Safari, you may even be handling the boat entirely by yourself, depending on how involved you want to be. In the afternoon of the 7th day, you will arrive back in Auckland.
Vessel – subject to change – Bavaria 46 or Dufour 405
Bavaria 46 – A magnificent performer with huge volume and comforts (46 feet / 14 metres)
Fully battened mail handled in sail stack, furling genoa. Wide deck-space and huge cockpit with bimini shade. Navigation electronics include GPS plotter interfacing with autopilot, depth, speed and wind instruments. Large teak table and gas BBQ make cockpit living easy as do the transom shower and boarding with RIB dinghy on davit clips. Outboard on bracket. The Bavaria 46 has 3 generous double cabins and a fourth cabin with two single berths. These share a head and shower forward and aft. The saloon is stunning with large chart table and very accommodating saloon table and seating with a “U” galley, fully equipped with double sinks, gas stove oven and two electric fridges.
DuFour 405 (40.5 feet / 12.1 metres)
Beautiful, big, modern, rich and innovative – and what’s more, she goes very fast! The 405’s a strikingly beautiful boat with good performance metrics. Comments included in recent reviews were “the hull is easily driven and stable” and “she is a quick and delightful boat to sail”. This boat excels at coastal as well as blue-water cruising with maximum comfort and space. With twin wheel steering you get a walk-through cockpit to the drop-gate transom and RIB dinghy. Bimini shade, BBQ and cockpit table make the outdoors great! The saloon is enhanced by a 32 inch LED flat panel screen with HDMI and USB connectivity for entertainment. Three double cabins with two heads / showers make this European Boat of the Year a comfortable winner!
Price from €7,600 per person*
Package includes Meet & Greet and hotel transfer on arrival in Auckland, hotel accommodation and breakfast on first and last night in Auckland, Sailing yacht on exclusive charter basis as specified, with 1 skipper and 1 crew member. Full board (all meals) included during cruise (meals prepared by crew).
*Flights to New Zealand are not included in the above package price. Flights from Germany to New Zealand cost from €1500 and above, depending upon how far in advance you book, the season of travel, the airline, and the route. Please let us know if you would like us to assist you with booking flights to New Zealand.