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30th April 2022 to 8th May 2022

Hauraki Gulf Explorer

£2340 per person

Deposit 50%. Balance due 12wks before embarkation
Home to over 50 islands stretched over 1.2 million hectares of stunning water.
Pay a 20% deposit per item
Suited to
Singles, Couples, Families, Groups
Difficulty
Easy. Open to novice and experienced sailors alike
Nights onboard
8
Vessel type
Expedition Yacht
Vessel length
72ft
Skipper
Yes
Berth Style
Single bunks

Explore the stunning Hauraki Gulf Marine Park - where the Pacific Ocean meets New Zealand.

8 nights: 30 April - 08 May 2022

Price: £2,340 per person

The Hauraki Gulf is home to over 50 islands stretched over 1.2 million hectares. The islands and beaches are simply stunning and the gulf has islands that are extremely different in every sense, from wineries and cafes to the rugged wild beaches that face eastward across the Pacific toward the USA several thousands of miles away. Utter bliss.

When you arrive we’ll familiarise you with the yacht systems and safety equipment and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. Our crew will officially assemble on the 1st May at the designated marina berth in Auckland and we will aim to depart on the 1st May 2022 and leave the marina, and head for our first of many island anchorages. You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive, but if you plan to arrive prior to 30th April, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore.

The goal is to circumnavigate the Hauraki Gulf, stopping at numerous scenic bays, anchorages and islands 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, inner sound, harbour or anchorage.

The coastlines you will encounter include some of the most stunning maritime scenery in New Zealand. The voyage starts with departing Auckland Harbour and sailing in an anti-clockwise direction to Rangitoto Island, Motuhie Island and Waiheke Island for a winery luncheon, then east to Te Kouma and north to Port Jackson at the northern end of the Coromandel Penninsula, then south to Whitianga, east to Great Mercury Island, before heading north again to the wild coast of Great Barrier Island, 40nm NE of Auckland, before heading onto the isolated Mokohinau Islands for some great fishing.

Then we’ll sail south again toward Little Barrier Island and then to Goat Island marine reserve where the snorkelling is fantastic. The next stop is Bon Accord Harbour at Kawau Island to visit Mansion House, the former home of New Zealand’s Governor. We’ll visit the large shipwreck still visible above sea level on the treacherous shores of Moturekareka Island before heading to Tiritiri Matangi Island, home of the lighthouse at the northern end of Auckland’s shipping channel entrance and built out of large steel rings forged in London in 1864, then shipped to New Zealand for assembly on the island’s clifftop. After departing Tiri, we’ll go in search of the elusive Elephant Island, with a rocky bay so small there’s only room for 3-4 vessels, before heading back toward Auckland on the 8th of May to complete our 300nm adventure.

Your crew package includes; all meals onboard, crew meals ashore in Auckland and various stopover ports, accommodation onboard, your crew shirt, marina fees, the use of a PFD (personal flotation 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.

Its always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility in case of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules.

Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland, New Zealand

When you arrive we’ll familiarise you with the yacht systems and safety equipment and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore. Our crew will officially assemble on the 1st May at the designated marina berth in Auckland and we will aim to depart on the 1st May 2022 and leave the marina, and head for our first of many island anchorages. You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive, but if you plan to arrive prior to 30th April, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore.

The goal is to circumnavigate the Hauraki Gulf, stopping at numerous scenic bays, anchorages and islands 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, inner sound, harbour or anchorage.

The coastlines you will encounter include some of the most stunning maritime scenery in New Zealand. The voyage starts with departing Auckland Harbour and sailing in an anti-clockwise direction to Rangitoto Island, Motuhie Island and Waiheke Island for a winery luncheon, then east to Te Kouma and north to Port Jackson at the northern end of the Coromandel Penninsula, then south to Whitianga, east to Great Mercury Island, before heading north again to the wild coast of Great Barrier Island, 40nm NE of Auckland, before heading onto the isolated Mokohinau Islands for some great fishing.

Then we’ll sail south again toward Little Barrier Island and then to Goat Island marine reserve where the snorkelling is fantastic. The next stop is Bon Accord Harbour at Kawau Island to visit Mansion House, the former home of New Zealand’s Governor. We’ll visit the large shipwreck still visible above sea level on the treacherous shores of Moturekareka Island before heading to Tiritiri Matangi Island, home of the lighthouse at the northern end of Auckland’s shipping channel entrance and built out of large steel rings forged in London in 1864, then shipped to New Zealand for assembly on the island’s clifftop. After departing Tiri, we’ll go in search of the elusive Elephant Island, with a rocky bay so small there’s only room for 3-4 vessels, before heading back toward Auckland on the 8th of May to complete our 300nm adventure.

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