New Zealand: melting pot of cultures
New Zealand is about a four-hour flight east of Australia and, with its two main islands, North Island and South Island, is comparable in size to Great Britain and Japan. With around 4.4 million inhabitants, it is therefore quite deserted. Fascinating landscapes, which vary between lush forests, lakes, snow-covered mountains and countless bays, as well as a special flora and fauna caused by the isolation of New Zealand, offer the visitor a spectacular natural backdrop for the many activities on land, on water and in the air, which meets everyone’s needs for sport and fun.
Today New Zealand is a cultural melting pot of the Maori who immigrated about 1000 years ago, other Pacific immigrants and the Europeans and Asians who arrived centuries later. The informal nickname of all New Zealanders is “Kiwi”, after the heraldic animal of the country. The explorer James Cook came to New Zealand three times and was murdered there in 1779.
For lovers of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Hobbit” and “Lord of the Rings” have been New Zealand’s mystical Middle-earth since the turn of the millennium. The films were filmed at 250 locations in New Zealand.
The most beautiful yacht charter areas of New Zealand can be discovered during a sailing trip from Auckland in the Hauraki Gulf to the Bay of Islands. You should take about three weeks for this. If you have three more weeks to spare, you should plan a shore excursion to the South Island and back to fully experience the often breathtaking beauty of New Zealand before flying home.
Windy westerly weather conditions prevail in the Hauraki Gulf. Although the weather can change at short notice, a reliable weather report gives you plenty of time to go to one of the many sheltered anchorages. The best sailing period is often in the very hot summer, i.e. in January and February. In the pre-season in November and December, as well as in the post-season in March and April, it is less busy, but storms can occur. The weather forecast for the Hauraki Gulf is broadcast on VHF Channel 21 around the clock.
Night trips are not allowed. Mosquito repellants and sun protection with a high protection factor are required.
Bay of Islands
In this yacht charter area there are few harbors and only one marina, the Marina Tutukaka between Auckland and the Bay of Islands, but countless other bays await your visit. Anchoring should be mastered.
The maximum entry period is three months. Your passport must be valid for at least three months and a return ticket must exist. It is also checked whether travelers have sufficient funds in the form of cash and credit or debit cards. The import of agricultural products is strictly prohibited.
Singapore Airlines offers flights from Frankfurt to Auckland via Singapore. Qantas Airways flies from Frankfurt via Sydney to Auckland. Thai Airways flies from Frankfurt via Bangkok to Auckland. Korean Airlines offers flights from Frankfurt via Seoul to Auckland. Emirates Airlines fly from Frankfurt via Dubai to Auckland. Air New Zealand takes you from Frankfurt via London and Los Angeles to Auckland. The journey takes at least 24 hours