25th February 2023 to 11th March 2023

Captain Cooks North Island, New Zealand Circumnavigation

From £4550 per person

Deposit 20%. Balance due 12wks before embarkation
The Captain Cook North Island Circumnavigation is a 1,245nm circumnavigation of New Zealand’s North Island.
Clear
Pay a 20% deposit per item
Suited to
Singles, Couples, Groups
Difficulty
Intermediate. Some sailing experience required
Nights onboard
14
Vessel type
Steel-hulled, 30-ton, ketch-rigged sailing vessel
Vessel length
70 foot
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single Bunk
Insurance Required
Yes

The Captain Cook North Island Circumnavigation is a 1,245nm circumnavigation of New Zealand’s North Island. This is a challenging experience and is a once in a lifetime opportunity to retrace the steps of Captain James Cooks North Island voyage and complete one of the world’s more adventurous and spectacular ocean passage experiences.

14 Nights: 25 Feb - 11 Mar 2023

Price: $7,750 / £4,550*

*Trips are priced in the operator’s local currency. The sterling amount shown is a guide only and the amount you pay in sterling will change with currency fluctuations.

Known as one of the most extreme challenges we undertake, the Captain Cook North Island Circumnavigation covers 1,245 nm around New Zealand’s North Island.

Retrace Captain James Cook’s steps and complete one of the world’s most adventurous and spectacular ocean passages on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

It will require extensive preparation and perseverance, as well as the weather conditions we encounter along the way.

In addition to careful research and professional meteorological advice, detailed local sailing knowledge is leveraged to recommend anchorages. In addition to taking in dramatic scenery and enjoying the serenity, we will stop at a few spectacular anchorages along the way.

You can fly directly into Blenheim on or before the 25th of February 2023. When you arrive we’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and you will join us for a crew welcome dinner. Our crew will officially assemble from the 26th onwards at the Picton Marina and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 26th of February 2023 and leave the Picton Marina, sail out of the Marlborough Sounds and heading NW for Wellington, where we may stop before turning NE for Napier on the North Islands SE coast. You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive but if you plan to arrive prior to the 25th of February, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore. 

The goal is to circumnavigate the North Island, stopping at a handful of scenic locations en-route, while managing around the weather to ensure a comfortable and safe expedition. This may include waiting for bad weather to pass while safely anchored or moored in a sheltered bay, behind an island, in a harbour or anchorage.

The North Island coastline includes some of the most stunning maritime scenery in New Zealand. The voyage starts with departing Picton and sailing out through the Tory Channel, across the Cook Strait to Wellington, before turning east to pass Cape Palliser and sail up the east coast to a explore a handful of anchorage opportunities en-route to Cape Reinga that may include, Napier, Gisborne, Tauranga, Coromandel, Kawau Island, Great Mercury Island, Great Barrier Island, Tutukaka, Bay of Islands and Whangaroa Harbour. 

On the more rugged west coast the only safe anchorage is New Plymouth. The final leg will be sailing from New Plymouth to Picton via the Tory Channel at the eastern entrance to the Marlborough Sounds. We will aim to sail back into Picton Marina on the 10th of March 2023. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Picton depart out of Blenheim airport to connecting flights from Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland airport’s from the 11th March onwards.

Your crew package includes; all meals onboard, meals ashore in Hobart and in Picton, accommodation onboard, your Ocean Sailing Expeditions crew shirt, marina fees, the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether. Your bedding, a pillow and towel are also included along with suncream.

Your crew package excludes; accommodation ashore, flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports, alcohol, toiletries, clothing and wet weather gear. You will need to complete a 2-day Sea Safety and Survival Training Course or equivalent at least 1 month prior.

Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility incase of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules. Accommodation options if you want to stay ashore either side of trip:  AirBNB,  Booking.com, Wotif & HomeAway.

Salt Lines is a 70ft, steel-hulled, 30-ton, ketch-rigged sailing vessel. Built to Maritime Coastguard Agency (MCA) unlimited survey requirements, she was the second of the Laurent Giles Shipwright 70 class built on Tyneside by AMARC (TES) Ltd in 1990 for the Ocean Youth Trust (OYT). She was launched and named the John Laing by Lady Laing in Poole, UK.

Hobart, Australia

Auckland, New Zealand

Known as one of the most extreme challenges we undertake, the Captain Cook North Island Circumnavigation covers 1,245 nm around New Zealand’s North Island.

Retrace Captain James Cook’s steps and complete one of the world’s most adventurous and spectacular ocean passages on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

It will require extensive preparation and perseverance, as well as the weather conditions we encounter along the way.

In addition to careful research and professional meteorological advice, detailed local sailing knowledge is leveraged to recommend anchorages. In addition to taking in dramatic scenery and enjoying the serenity, we will stop at a few spectacular anchorages along the way.

You can fly directly into Blenheim on or before the 25th of February 2023. When you arrive we’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and you will join us for a crew welcome dinner. Our crew will officially assemble from the 26th onwards at the Picton Marina and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 26th of February 2023 and leave the Picton Marina, sail out of the Marlborough Sounds and heading NW for Wellington, where we may stop before turning NE for Napier on the North Islands SE coast. You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive but if you plan to arrive prior to the 25th of February, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore. 

The goal is to circumnavigate the North Island, stopping at a handful of scenic locations en-route, while managing around the weather to ensure a comfortable and safe expedition. This may include waiting for bad weather to pass while safely anchored or moored in a sheltered bay, behind an island, in a harbour or anchorage.

The North Island coastline includes some of the most stunning maritime scenery in New Zealand. The voyage starts with departing Picton and sailing out through the Tory Channel, across the Cook Strait to Wellington, before turning east to pass Cape Palliser and sail up the east coast to a explore a handful of anchorage opportunities en-route to Cape Reinga that may include, Napier, Gisborne, Tauranga, Coromandel, Kawau Island, Great Mercury Island, Great Barrier Island, Tutukaka, Bay of Islands and Whangaroa Harbour. 

On the more rugged west coast the only safe anchorage is New Plymouth. The final leg will be sailing from New Plymouth to Picton via the Tory Channel at the eastern entrance to the Marlborough Sounds. We will aim to sail back into Picton Marina on the 10th of March 2023. You can stay onboard when we arrive in Picton depart out of Blenheim airport to connecting flights from Christchurch, Wellington or Auckland airport’s from the 11th March onwards.

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