With nearly 10,000 miles of coastline to explore, it's almost impossible not to experience a day at sea while you're New Zealand. So, where is the best place to sail when you're in New Zealand? Who better to ask than the members of this award-winning sailing team.
Here's what crew members of Emirates Team NZ had to say when asked, What's your favorite place to go sailing in New Zealand?
Adam Beashel, Strategist: "My favorite place is the
Whangaruru Harbour, on Northland's east coast. I love the isolation of
it, the greenery and the white sand beaches. It's a great place to go
kite surfing, starting off the back of a boat. It's hard to believe that
you can anchor there and be all on your own.
Ray Davies, Tactician: "It has to be the Hauraki Gulf -
including Kawau Island, Great Barrier Island and even around Waiheke
Island. It's so accessible to Auckland city, that you can really make
the most of a weekend break. We've got a launch and we get out a couple
of times a month in summer.
Dean Barker, Skipper/helm: "It would have to be the Bay of
Islands; it's just stunning. I've sailed in a couple of Bay of Islands
Regattas, where you race through all of the islands, and it is amazing -
beautiful water, nice breezes, gorgeous white sand beaches. I've tried
fishing there, but without much success. I'd like to blame the
equipment, but it's more about the fisherman I think... It's definitely a
place I would love to spend more time with my family. "
Richard Meacham, Utility: "There are two places in New
Zealand that are on a par for me. The first is the Akaroa Harbour, on
the coast out of Christchurch. It's a stunning place; when you drive
there by land and drop down into the harbour, its beauty is so
unexpected, it takes your breath away. My other favourite is the
Karikari Peninsula in the Far North, especially Matai Bay. You can just
slip into the water and pick out a crayfish, or pull paua from the
rocks. It's magical."
Let's go to all these spots on our 2018 expedition to NZ! Our plan is to buy a 42' yacht and sail her to Sydney via NZ. 1.5 years and way too much fun!!