New Zealand throws open sea borders, welcomes back cruising yachts and superyachts
With New Zealand’s reputation cemented as one of the world’s most serene yet adventurous destinations, New Zealand will throw open its doors to visitors with air and sea borders opening from 1 August, allowing tourists to once again explore and enjoy one of the world’s greatest natural playgrounds.
New Zealand’s sea and air borders are opening.
In a government announcement on 11 May, the next step in New Zealand’s border reopening has been set, with sea and air borders effectively open for visitors and vessels from 1 August.
The move has been met with delight by the superyacht industry as the final step in New Zealand’s reopening, inviting visitors to return to the gateway to some of the most adventurous cruising in the world, and the renowned refit hub of the South Pacific.
Superyachts, their owners and crew, can now enter easily by land and sea, enjoying simple access to New Zealand’s safe shores, high-quality refit services and world-renowned scenery.
Updated Destination & Cruising New Zealand 2023 – download e-book to your desktop
NZ Marine has updated its information guide and directory for visiting superyachts and smaller cruising craft, unlike anything else available in the world.
The Destination & Cruising New Zealand book combines destination information, detailed up-to-date information of the regulatory requirements for vessels planning to visit New Zealand, as well as a directory of over 100 NZ Marine member companies that provide services and products to visiting craft.
Published in book format and in an interactive electronic format available via the linked headline above, Destination & Cruising New Zealand is the result of a team effort from NZ Marine, member companies, Tourism NZ and government departments. The publication collates highly-useable material about New Zealand’s stunning cruising areas, as well as the regulations frequently required by owners and crew of visiting yachts, alongside a comprehensive refit directory.
Welcome to New Zealand!
Created as part of Tourism New Zealand’s (TNZ) superyacht activity to improve awareness of New Zealand as a cruising and chartering destination, the video was produced with the Mayer family while travelling on their superyacht The Big Blue in New Zealand.
A visit to New Zealand encompasses so many different experiences. From Auckland’s designer shopping and delicious dining to the sheltered, sandy bays of the North and the rugged peaks and snow-topped pinnacles of the South, there’s something to suit every taste and endless sights to see.
Discover more about this beautiful country and its vibrant marine industry, and find out what you’ll need to do before you arrive.
We want your experiences in our country to be positive ones! NZ Marine’s affiliate website, Discover Boating, offers comprehensive safety information for boaties and mariners sailing in New Zealand waters.
Visit the Discover Boating website for information on safety equipment, navigation, the rules of the road, protecting New Zealand’s biodiversity and more.
The Boating Map
An interactive, searchable map featuring camping grounds and boating information about boat ramps, yacht and boating clubs, weather and more. Looking for somewhere new for your next holiday? Use The Boating Map to plan your trip – on-land or on-water.
The Boating Map is a fantastic resource for all New Zealand.
The Touring Map
Provided by Tourism New Zealand, the Touring Map will take you on a journey around some of New Zealand’s most beautiful roads, and showcase our beautiful country at its best – that is, while you still have ground below your feet!
A Captain’s account through New Zealand
The northern part of the North Island is geographically sub-tropical and the southern part of the South Island is very close to the Southern Ocean and the sub-Antarctic islands. For this reason, New Zealand offers a unique cruising experience contained within only 1000 miles of coastline between the two islands.
The main port of entry for most superyachts visiting New Zealand is Auckland. The vessel can re-provision here, with access to all the provisions, wines and delicacies that the chef needs to be able to provide the owner.