The Great Southern Route : 2013 - 2014
GSR | 125 The second cruise south with possibly a second set of guests would re-visit the Bay of Islands and then once departing head overnight to Great Barrier Island, excellent anchorages, walking tracks, diving, beaches and exploring. From here the Coromandel Peninsula is just 10 miles away with golden sand beaches and remote anchorages. The third cruise, after another guest change if necessary at Great Barrier Island, could take you further south again down the east coast to the Mercury islands, excellent fishing for the enthusiast, diving and the small town of Whitianga where re provisioning can be done and shore excursions organised. From Whitianga the cruise back to the northern tip of the Coromandel Peninsula is a few hours and then an overnight in the historic gold mining town of Coromandel. From here across the Firth of Thames to the island of Waiheke, vineyards, white sandy beaches, and restaurants await you. This island is only 10 miles back to Auckland so makes a good final destination before heading back into Auckland and preparation for the adventures of the South island. VoyAGe SouTh Careful consideration should be given to the route south, the most obvious by looking at a chart would be down the east coast, although this often can be a big mistake, and once around east Cape the trip down to the Cook Strait can be notoriously bad. The actual distance to go north around Cape reinga and then down the West coast is actually about the same. With the correct weather pattern the West coast choice is preferable to the east coast. While the boat transits, approx 48 hours, guests can move ashore and explore the interior of new Zealand, top quality hotels and lodges, trout fishing and many other activities can be enjoyed while the yacht makes it way to Wellington, the Capital of new Zealand. excellent provisioning can be found in Wellington and fueling available, and guests can re-join the yacht here. MArlBorouGh SoundS Picton harbour which is a small seaside township at the top of the South Island is aptly named “The gateway to the Marlborough sounds.” It is an easy place to get to being the port where the inter-island ferries commute to Wellington. Blenheim is 25 minutes drive and is the best known wine-growing area in new Zealand. helicopters can land close to the Marina and Blenheim can accommodate private jets. Guests may chose to see other areas in this region such as the west coast of the South Island, nelson or kaikoura, well known for whale watching being its major attraction. If it was decided the guests would like to start their charter in the privacy of one of the outer islands in total seclusion, the helicopter is ideal for this purpose. The Marlborough Sounds is made up of 1760 kms of coastline. The Sounds are a remarkable visual fusion of land, native bush and sheltered waterways, and are blessed by the sunniest climate in the country. There are three main sounds being The Queen Charlotte, the kenepuru and the Pelorus Sounds. At the outer edge of these sounds there is a lovely island called d’urville which has two natural harboars. If guests wish to really extend themselves, from this island to Tasman Bay is a sail of approximately four hours, which is quite adventurous given that you go across a large bight, but never losing sight of land. Tasman Bay is famous for its golden beaches, warmer waters and the Abel Tasman national Park Walkways. In the Queen Charlotte Sound there is a lot of history. Captain James Cook, who discovered new Zealand, came to Ship’s Cove five times to clean and provision his ships, where there now stands a memorial monument. There are several bush walks, some short while others can be up to 4 – 5 hours around this area. next to Ship’s Cove is Motuara Island, which is a bird sanctuary and has a lookout at it highest point giving excellent views of the Sound and on a clear day you can see the north island. Motuara has a high abundance of bird life including nesting penguins. next to this Island there is a fish sanctuary called long Island, and if one is keen on diving or snorkeling this is a must. If guests decided to go in to the other two sounds they also have lots to see and do. A large proportion of new Zealand’s green lipped mussels are grown in this area and there is good fishing in the outer reaches of these sounds as well. If one was designing an itinerary for seven days and given suitable weather conditions a charter could cover all areas of the Marlborough Sounds, d’urville Island and Tasman Bay. But this would involve increased travel time, where as one could equally spend seven days in the Queen Charlotte Sound alone and be fully occupied. diving – An interesting dive is the russian Cruise ship “Mikhail lermontov” which was a regular cruise ship visitor to new Zealand waters. She sank on 16 February 1986 at Cape Jackson near Picton due to a pilotage error, with the unfortunate loss of one person.
2010 - 2011