Farther north on New Zealand’s North Island is the Bay of Islands, which comprises some 140 islands to explore. It is popular for sailing as well, and for big-game fishing, snorkeling and scuba diving with penguins, dolphins and whales. Beaches here are welcoming, as are the people who live in the local towns.
One must-visit village is Waitangi, where the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds mark the place that saw the Maori natives and British forces signing a pact in 1840. Marlborough Sound, on New Zealand’s South Island, is best known for its world-class wineries. They produce, among other things, award-winning sauvignon blancs.
Charters here can include visits to the wineries along with waterfront hikes, exhilarating day sails and fantastic fresh seafood prepared by your charter yacht’s chef.