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October 17, 2019

Auckland is a city of diverse neighbourhoods and suburbs, each with their own flavours and hidden spots to discover. From those closest to the marina, like Wynyard Quarter, to those further afield like surfer's favourite Muriwai Beach, we'll be giving you a short run down of what to see, do, eat, and experience - and where - in Auckland. 

Wynyard Quarter 
If you're berthed in Silo Marina or the Viaduct Harbour, Wynyard Quarter is your next door neighbour - and what a neighbour to have! One of Auckland's newest neighbourhoods, Wynyard is still being developed with new bars, brunch spots and open public spaces openi...

October 14, 2019

Auckland is a city of diverse neighbourhoods and suburbs, each with their own flavours and hidden spots to discover. From those closest to the marina, like Wynyard Quarter, to those further afield like surfer's favourite Muriwai Beach, we'll be giving you a short run down of what to see, do, eat, and experience - and where - in Auckland. 
 


Ponsonby 

One of Auckland's original neighbourhoods, Ponsonby is about two kilometres west of the CBD and runs roughly north to south along a ridge line. Known for its shopping and dining, it's also a great spot for a night out and has a range of bars to choose from dotted down P...

October 11, 2019

Aucklanders love activities and the central city is full of options to break you out of the standard night out rut. We've rounded up a few of our favourite options - and they're all within a short Uber ride of the marina. 

Axe Throwing

The Sweet Axe Throwing Co. is exactly what it sounds like - a place to unleash your inner lumberjack and hurl axes at a target. They say it’s like darts - but with axes - and works in a round robin tournament style. Great for letting off steam! It’s in Nelson street in the CBD so would be great combined with heading to a Federal Street restaurant. The Sweet Axe Throwing Co is at the top of Nelson...

September 4, 2019

Teahupo'o needs no introduction and chances are if you head to French Polynesia, you'll want to at least stop by and have a look. Do we recommend you surf it? No comment... 

The world-famous break, which plays host to the annual Billabong Pro Tahiti, can be viewed from taxi boats which leave from Teahupo'o Marina. Engineer of a 34 metre sailing yacht, Matuanui, who's originally from Tahiti says the drive to Teahupo'o Marina itself is well worth it and full of beautiful places to stop along the way. 

"Then on a good surf day, there's plenty of taxi boats there to get out and see the surf pumping." 
 


The unique fo...

July 5, 2019

Malolo Barrier Reef, Mamanuca Islands, Fiji. 

If you've had the sort of stretch onboard that nothing but a day in the sun drinking cocktails can cure, Cloud 9 is your place. 

Easy to reach by tender, this ocean bar lies close to Fiji's main island of Viti Levu and is 40-45 minutes by boat from Port Denarau or around ten minutes by from much-closer Malolo Lailai Island in the Mamanuca Islands. The floating two-level platform has been designed completely around the business of relaxation and has a fully-stocked bar with international top shelf drinks as well local favourites like Fiji Gold, Fiji Bitter and Fiji Rum Co....

July 3, 2019

Ma'uke, Cook Island. 

Motuanga or the Cave of 100 Rooms is a complex system of numerous tunnels and freshwater caverns on the Cook Islands' Ma'uke. Though it's called the Cave of 100 Rooms, no one in living memory has made it all the way to the end to verify the number. Crawl through into a compact atrium with underground pool before it opens into the network of tunnels that extends much further out - all the way under the reef and out to sea, though only a few are accessible. Swim in the final underground pool and you'll hear waves crashing on the reef above you.

The most easterly of the Cook Islands, Mauke is also home to the w...

July 3, 2019

We're well and truly in the thick of the southern hemisphere winter and for foodies that's big news on one (gloriously fragrant) front.

It's truffle season. 

Truffles are grown in limited quantities in both Australia and New Zealand and include the Périgord Black truffle, Bianchetto truffle (Little White) and Burgundy truffle. Though the industry in this part of the world is fairly recent - starting around the late 80s to early 90s - truffières are producing reliable output to fill the gap for superyacht chefs when European supplies are out of season. 

Get in touch with our team to get your hands on them as well as the ot...

June 12, 2019

The long wait is over and the Viaduct and Silo Marinas are finally taking formal expressions of interest from those seeking berthage at the marinas over the Cup period. 

For yachts hunting out berths between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021, the two marinas will be gathering expressions of interest formally until approximately the end of August 2019, with the intent to confirm bookings as soon as possible.

"This expression of interest will be advertised through various international boating media for 6 – 8 weeks. This will be available on our website www.ac36hub.co.nz, where you will also be able to see our berthage rates,...

June 11, 2019

Ua Huka, Marquesas, French Polynesia.


Head to Ua Huka, one of the smallest of the Marquesas for some serious downtime, wild landscapes and plenty of quiet on this one-road island. Organise horses and a guide through your pension and set off on the scenic ride from Vaipae'e in the south - the main town on the island with a post office, town hall, nursery and primary school - to Hane; a large settlement with a notable archeological site. 

On the way you'll pass windswept plateaus, the arboretum and airport before dropping to the coastal road to Hane. The archaeological sites of Tehavea and Meiaute are within walking dist...

June 11, 2019

For owners, guests, or crew who suffer from allergies, ecostore's range as a whole is a lifesaver and its multi-purpose cleaner in particular is a stand out. 

It's nut and seed-free, gluten-free, soap-free, and grey-water friendly and safe for use on all hard interior surfaces. 

ecostore is known for its avoidance of harsh chemicals and the New Zealand company stridently avoids the normal nasties which typically appear in other cleaning products. This includes ammonia, tallow, the benzotriazoles, benzalkonium chloride, cocamide DEA, dimethicone, mineral oil, optical brighteners, phosphates, phthalates, propylene glycol,...

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