Bay of Islands Yacht Charter
Located in the north of New Zealand’s North Island, the Bay of Islands offer an enchanting yacht charter experience. It boasts 144 islands all with stunning bays, verdant interiors, excellent sailing and big game fishing opportunities. The island’s rank as one of New Zealand’s top tourist attractions but that doesn’t mean they become too overcrowded, there is always somewhere to get away from it all.
The largest of the bay’s islands is Urupukapuka Island and it offers stunning walking trails through unspoiled forests while aquamarine waters gently lap the yellow sand beaches. It is an ornithologist’s dream too with a conservation initiative to protect the native birds by eliminating all predators to the islands. Here, you can spend a day just admiring the natural beauty before sailing off to the next. The waters that surround the islands are a beautiful aquamarine, and refreshing to swim in too. Kayaking is a great way to explore.
For something a little different head to Russell, once known as the “hell hole of the Pacific” due to its unsavory goings-on by the whalers and other international ships it is now a quaint sleepy island. Captain Cook declared Russell as a “most noble anchorage” due to its good, deep-water harbor back in the 1800s so word spread and every ship in the region began making it a port of call. Trade boomed in fish, pork, flax and fresh water but also in woman. The island soon capitalized on the amount of men visiting and whorehouses sprung up. The waterfront became a dangerous and rowdy place and this is how the island earned its nickname.
Today though, there are little reminders of this sordid past, from the many museums to the street names. Walking around this island is like taking a walk back 200 years.