24+ hours (Indirect)

Auckland & Waiheke

Where life’s about sailing, and cruising the sights

It’s said that Auckland has the highest number of boat owners – per capita – in the world. Easy to understand with Waitemata and Manukau Harbours, Eastern and Mission Bays and the wineries of Waiheke Island all just a short sail away.

You can’t beat the boat-owners, sailing across ultra-marine waters to a picture perfect bay – so join them. You could take to the sea on an original America’s Cup racing yacht, or sail around one of Auckland’s magnificent harbours – Waitemata or Manukau, it’s your choice – aboard a graceful white cruiser. Or visit the harbour islands as part of a private city tour that also takes in Parnel Village, Mount Eden and the Eastern Bays, including lunch overlooking glamorous Mission Bay.

But Auckland isn’t just about the sea. Your luxury, tailor-made holiday to New Zealand can also include a trip along Auckland’s west coast. Set amongst some rugged (but very photogenic) scenery, you’ll find dense rainforests where giant ferns and mighty kauri trees suddenly give way to hidden ravines and cascading waterfalls. You’ll also find yourself lazing on a beaches featuring black sand – take plenty of photographs to show curious friends!

And then? On to Waiheke Island to sample the products from over 30 boutique wineries. Or to discover the island’s hidden coves and tucked-away beaches. Or revel in its incomparable landscapes. Or to simply sit back in a chic restaurant, enjoy the excellent cuisine and sip more of that local vintage.

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  • Victoria was incredibly easy to chat to, quick to gauge our requirements and produced a fab itinerary. She was enthusiastic and knowledgable.

    EP, Kenya