New Zealand dazzles from coast to coast, and the Bay of Islands is the most revered yacht charter destination– infinite sheltered bays, crystal clear waters and the warmest climate in the country. Be sure and save some time for some inland adventures in this lively nation of untamed natural beauty.
Rich MÄori culture, , exquisite wine lands, breathtaking scenery, memorable hiking adventures, supreme sailing, semi-tropical beaches, and adrenaline sports.
New Zealand is a group of islands located 1504 miles (2421 kms) southeast of the Gold Coast in Australia. It has a land area of 103,483 sq.miles (268,021 sq.kms), which is roughly the size of Colorado. North Island (TeIka a Maui) and South Island (Pounamu) are the two main islands of this country with a coastline of 9,404 miles (15,134 kms). The capital of Wellington is situated on the North Island.
The first people to settle on this island country were Polynesians who developed the unique MÄori culture which is based upon kinship connections and relationship to the land. They arrived here around 1200-1300 AD and named it Aotearoa, meaning land of the long white cloud. In 1642, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman landed in this southerly region and named it Nieuw Zeeland after the Dutch province of Zeeland.
The English navigator James Cook explored the coasts of the country in 1769. Sealers, whalers and traders followed suit. Missionaries started arriving in 1814 and tried to convert the Maoris to Christianity. They taught them farming skills, reading and writing. With the influx of more settlers, the British government decided to take control of New Zealand. In 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British government and MÄori chiefs, giving MÄoris equal rights and ownership of their land.
In the 1860s, the “ land wars” broke out after MÄori lands were either confiscated or they were pressured to sell them for colonial settlements. The treatment of the MÄoris led to a serious decline in their population and a bitter relationship with the colonialists. Their concerns were largely ignored until 1975 when the Waitangi Tribunal was formed. It was set up to address MÄori grievances and land claims.
Following the land wars, gold was also discovered and a worldwide gold rush doubled the population. The population continued to grow through assisted immigration policies which enticed new settlers from Britain. One of the first feminist movements in the world began in the 1860s with women gaining the right to vote in 1893 – the first country in the world to grant this right.
In 1907, the nation became a 'dominion' within the British Empire. New Zealand joined the British during World War I and II and suffered heavy casualties. New Zealand's gained independence from Britain in 1947. many MÄori moved to the cities but their concerns remained ignored by the government until 1975.
New Zealand is primarily an agricultural country today. The peaceful country famous for its Merino sheep is also a major wool exporter. Besides its famous vineyards and the kiwi fruit, the country has a thriving tourism industry.
Direct flights operate from the USA and Australia to Auckland and
Christchurch. Stopover flights also connect the country to Europe and various parts of Asia.
New Zealand has a very pleasant and temperate climate . November to April are the drier months and are considered as the best time to go to New Zealand on a yacht charter.
Local customs in New Zealand are influenced by the Maori culture, which include removing shoes while venturing indoors and refraining from asking personal questions. Maori people greet with a kiss on the cheek and also say a prayer (karakia) prior to meals. English etiquettes like the handshake are also prevalent in the country. Sharing a cup of tea is a common gesture of socializing.
Currency: New Zealand Dollar
Time Zone: UTC+12:00 Local language: English, MÄori and New Zealand Sign Language – which is the main language of the deaf community, are the three official languages of the country.
Population: 4,556,435 as of April 5, 2016
Airport: The Auckland International Airport (AKL) and the Christchurch International Airport (CHC) are the country's gateways to the world which offer international arrivals and departures.
Entry Requirements: Every national visiting New Zealand requires a valid passport. No visa is required for the US, Canadian, Irish and South African citizens for stays of up to three months; while it is up to six months for UK citizens. Australian citizens may stay indefinitely in the country without a visa.
Departure tax: $NZ 25 per person
Legal Drinking Age: 18 years
Smoking Regulations: Smoking is prohibited in public buildings, including bars and restaurants. If necessary, it is expected to be done outdoors.
Staying in touch: Landlines as well as mobile phones with international roaming plans constitute an efficient tele-connectivity in the country. Internet facilities are also available across New Zealand .
Medical Information: New Zealand's healthcare is very accessible and of very high standard. The Auckland City Hospital is the country's leading medical facility. The Wellington Hospital and the Timaru Hospital at Canterbury are among scores of private and public hospitals which cater to the healthcare requirements of the country.
Public Holidays: January 1 (New Year Day); January 2 (Day after New Year's Day); February 6 (Waitangi Day); Good Friday; Easter Monday; April 25 (ANZAC Day); June's 1st Monday (Queen's Birthday); October's 4th Monday (Labor Day); December 25 (Christmas Day); December 26 (Boxing Day). Tourist Office: http://www.newzealand.com/in/ is the official travel website for which offers information on New Zealand's natural attractions, tourist activities, getting there and more.
Shopping Information: The Lake Wanaka region's Farmer's Market is ideal for procuring local seasonal produce. The Nelson Market and The Creative Queenstown Arts & Crafts Market are great places for buying handmade artefacts. The Wellington Underground Market has a wide variety of products for all shoppers. Duty-free shops exist at international airports and across the city. The latter not delivering upfront, instead sending them for pick up at an airport agency. Departure details are required to make duty-free purchases and the limits of purchases may be verified at the outlets.
The luxury yacht charter world doesn’t stop in the Bahamas or Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Beyond the horizons of our most popular destinations are countless others that are often overlooked. Not for their lack of beauty, mind you. Not because they’re not all as remarkable as those you know and trust. But simply because they are remote, unknown and largely undiscovered....
Few luxury yacht charter destinations enjoy the popularity and glamor of Europe and the Mediterranean. The revered stomping ground of the rich and famous for well over a century, it is here that you'll find some of the most elite sailing yachts, catamarans, and superyachts. And that's because it's right here that you'll find some of the most enticing waters of all, framed by stunning coastlines...
From the most exotic and tropical regions of Belize to the historic treasures of Boston. From the the rugged reaches of Alaska to the spectacular wildlife kingdom of the Galapagos. From the balmy breezes of the Florida Keys to sunsplashed secluded San Blas islands. The sheer variety of landscapes, cultures, histories and attractions endows the Americas with the “something for everyone” title...
The breathtaking islands of the Caribbean and the Bahamas have long been considered the world’s most popular yachting destination. Easy to reach and a pleasure to explore, this mecca for anyone who dreams of turquoise waters, delectable seafood, an abundance of fun water sports and endless romance on his/her Caribbean yacht vacations. Perfect for first-time and experienced sailors, this destination...
Whether you desire a quick getaway close to home or a "bucket list" adventure in an exotic corner of the earth, we offer limitless possibilities for you to discover the world by superyacht.
Yacht Haven Grande MarinaRead More
Best BVI Scuba Dive SitesRead More
Antarctica Expedition Cruise - Super Yacht LegendRead More
Greece Motor Yacht ChartersRead More
5 Best Galapagos Luxury Yacht ChartersRead More
St. Barts Yacht Charter - Gastronomic PleasuresRead More
Virgin Gorda Yacht Charter AttractionsRead More
Galapagos Yacht Cruise – IntegrityRead More
Patagonia Yacht Charter - the New Yacht FrontierRead More
Luxury Galapagos Yacht Cruises on Stella MarisRead More
10-person BVI Catamaran ChartersRead More
10-day Patagonia Yacht Charter ItineraryRead More
Things To Do On a St. John Yacht CharterRead More
Greece Catamaran ChartersRead More
Getting to Anegada – the BVI's Hidden GemRead More
6 Best Things To Do on a Bahamas Power Yacht CharterRead More
Luxury Gulet Charters in CroatiaRead More
New Caledonia Yacht Charters - Masteka 2Read More
Foxy Lady's Virgin Islands Yacht Charter Itinerary - Post HurricaneRead More
Ocean Getaways offers you breaking news on charter discounts, newly launched super yachts, family getaways, special events, enticing destinations and unique charter opportunities worldwide
Monaco Grand Prix Yacht Charters - French Riviera - Monaco Grand Prix
One More Toy Yacht Charter Special
Starfish - USVI Catamaran Charter Special - Catamaran Yacht Charter
Crewed Catamaran Charter - How To Choose For Your Next Luxury Yacht
Sweet Escape Motor Yacht Charter
June 8, 2016 is World Oceans Day - Ocean Getaways Yacht Charters
New BVI Motor Yacht Charter - Angeleyes
BVI Catamaran Charter Specials
Trish Cronan Elected President of CYBA International - Private Yacht Charters
Yacht Haven Grande Marina
Ten Best Caribbean Scuba Diving Charters on Catamarans
Horizon Power Catamaran Charters - Virgins and Bahamas
2019 Cannes Film Festival Yacht Charters - Ocean Getaways Yacht Charters