Charter – South Pacific Islands

Tailored sailing vacations to the South Pacific Islands includes Australia & New Zealand.

Australia Sailing Trip

Intro

Australia is the largest country in continental Oceania. Although it is almost the size of the United States, the population is around that of California as the majority of people live on or near the coast lines. Owing to its vast size and scale, Australia is home to rainforests, deserts and stunning coastlines. The east coast makes up the bulk of settlements in Australia in the states of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria (listed north to south). The country steadily regained its independence from Britain in the early 1900s. This is evident in Australian culture which is heavily influenced by British and European traditions. Although the aboriginal people have been there for millennia, the first foreign settlement was that of prisoners being sent from Ireland and Britain. Sports play a large part in Australian life. Australian rules football, Cricket, Surfing and Rugby are all heavily participated in by youth and adults alike with the respective national teams performing at a consistently high level. Although the Australian summer (December to February) is notoriously warm, 26-35°C (80-95°F), the rest of the year is pleasant especially with a breeze on the coast line.

Main Ports & Sailing Conditions

There are endless opportunities for sailing in Australia. Given the tradition of sailing in the country and the steady breeze, you will never be stuck for somewhere to visit. Below, we have outlined a potential route starting north and heading south via the Great Barrier Reef. Gladstone in Queensland is an excellent starting point. The port marks the end of the Brisbane to Gladstone yacht race and is well provisioned with city amenities. From here, Cato Reef marks the beginning of the Great Barrier Reef. The reef is, by far, the largest in the world with 2,300km of reef extending down the east coast of the country. Although it has experienced some decay in recent years, it makes for essential sailing. Given Azizam’s small draw, the boat is able to sail across the reef farm more accessible than single-hulled boats. It truly is one of the most spectacular sights in the world today. After exploring the reef, your next port of call might be the Gold Coast on the border of Queensland and New South Wales. Surfers Paradise is found here with several world class surfing sites and plenty to keep you occupied during your stay. Moving south is Sydney, a city that needs little introduction. Although not the capital, Sydney is the most populous city in Australia and is known for its architecture and engineering throughout. A harbor cruise is an essential activity. From Sydney, the next stop on the journey is Melbourne. Tucked away in the state of Victoria on the south coast, Melbourne is an increasingly developing city. The cultural world and enormous bay make for the perfect ending to an unforgettable trip.

Must See
  • Kirra Beach on the Gold Coast is a well known destination for pro surfers and competitions. You should definitely check out the talent on show here.

  • Sydney Harbor Bridge overlooking the iconic Sydney opera house offers tours atop the bridge itself. After cruising through the harbor by boat, the next step is to see it from above • Aussie Rules Football is a totally unique sport to Australia. The sport is a combination of several influences. It is fast paced and always enjoyed by passionate Australians. If you have the opportunity, don’t miss out.

  • Snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef almost goes without saying. Who knows how much longer we will have such beauty in the natural world. Enjoy this once in a lifetime opportunity.

  • Port Campbell National Park on the coast of Melbourne is home to several rock formations caused by lifetimes of coastal erosion. Being here feels unlike anywhere else in the world,

 

New Zealand Sailing Trip

Intro

New Zealand is a country consisting of two main islands located west of Australia. The island is home to several active volcanoes which, over the years, has resulted in varied and unusual geography. There are enormous mountain ranges contrasted with long stretches of beach and rolling fields for farming. New Zealand is unique in that you can ski in the morning and catch some surfing waves in the afternoon. The culture is a strong mix of European and traditional Maori. The Maori tradition is derived from Polynesian culture and is at the heart of New Zealand life. Many greetings and formalities originate from the proud Maori heritage. The main sport in New Zealand is Rugby Union and many people are familiar with the national team “The All Blacks”. With a strong tradition in sailing New Zealand is also due to host the 36th America’s Cup in March 2021 having won the title in 2017. The current Emirates Team New Zealand looks a force to be reckoned on home waters. The weather in New Zealand is not as tropical as some surrounding countries in the Pacific ranging from around 14°C (58°F) in the winter to 23°C (72°F) in the summer.

Main Ports & Sailing Conditions

Given the shape of New Zealand, it may be best to consider a trip from North to South or vice versa. Whether you choose to visit a few places or several, there are so many incredible places to visit. Auckland could be the first stop on the trip. Based on the North Island, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city. There is a lot to see here including the miniature Hobbiton village from the Lord of the Rings movie franchise and the nearby Hot Water Beach where water is cooled from volcanic activity. The next port of call is Christchurch on the south island. Christchurch experienced serious earthquake damage in 2011 but remains a charming city with incredibly welcoming locals. Christchurch is in close vicinity to Mount Cook, the tallest mountain in New Zealand. From here, you can hike to catch incredible views of the mountain range and of the stunning nature all around. Further south on the South Island is Dunedin. Although less populated than the aforementioned cities, Dunedin is home to a number of natural marvels. The southern lights (the lesser known cousin of the northern lights) can be seen here at certain times of the year. The yellow and red glow is truly spectacular. Tunnel beach can also be found with incredible rock arches and formations.

Must See
  • The 36th America’s Cup is due to take place in Auckland in March 2021. The reigning champions, Emirates Team New Zealand dominated the 35th event in 2017. With a new boat design and excellent sailing conditions, the event is set to be a lot of fun. 

  • Milford Sound is located on the west coast of the south island and features some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world. Narrow waterways are lines with fjords, waterfalls and snow capped mountains. 

  • Kaikoura, north of Christchurch is home to pods of Sperm Whales and Dolphins. They are known to swim alongside passing boats and make a splash whilst doing so.

  • Cathedral Cove is located close to Auckland. The coastal erosion has left the area with several rock formations and arches all around the white sand beaches.

  • The All Blacks are the country’s national Rugby team. They are one of the most dominant teams in world sport and the skills on show are a joy to watch.

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