March 26, 2020

National Marine Pacific is encouraging yachts in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific to offload any excess medical masks or gloves for distribution to medics in need. 

As Covid-19 increasingly makes its presence felt through the world, we're encouraging any yachts in New Zealand, the Pacific or Australia to offload unneeded and in-date medical equipment.

“If you've got excess nitrile gloves, protective masks or other medical supplies onboard and you don't think you'll need them in the coming months, the team is able to help these reach medical professionals around the Pacific, who are anticipating they could run short,” says...

February 28, 2020

Head out of the central Auckland marinas for a two and a half hour drive to the nearby Coromandel - a haven of white sandy beaches, virgin native bush and laid back people. 

Around halfway up the peninsula sits Hot Water Beach. Surging waves and hot white sand gives the illusion of a fairly typical Coromandel beach at high tide, while at at two hours either side of low tide the hot water bubbling underneath the sand is close enough to the surface to be unearthed. 

Hire a spade from the nearby local store and get to digging to make your own natural jacuzzi before sitting back and relaxing before the tide comes back in. 

The str...

February 13, 2020

Meatstock - 15-16 February. A festival dedicated to barbecue and music - brilliant. Up your protein intake while listening to Katchafire, Sola Rosa Sound System, Swamp Thing and Cookin on 3 Burners. 
 

Sunsetter - 15 February. Food, wine and good music, makes for the perfect Saturday at Sunsetter in Takapuna. New Zealand wineries, craft breweries and food vendors join forces for a day in the sun set to a backdrop of New Zealand and international acts. 
 

Cyclone Uesi - Swell - 15 February. The swell from Cyclone Uesi will start to hit this weekend - head to Bethells Beach for 1.8 metre swells and wind from the NE. 

 

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...

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