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Old 18-04-2014, 16:42   #1
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Where to look in New Zealand

We are traveling to New Zealand on a combination adventure and boat shopping trip. We will rent a house or apartment and stay as long as our tourist visas allow. Can anyone suggest areas with lots of cruising boats where the shopping might be most efficient and fruitful?
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Old 18-04-2014, 17:13   #2
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Re: Where to look in New Zealand

Auckland, Tauranga, Whangarei, Tutukaka, Bay of Islands would have the largest concentration of boats / yachts in NZ. The North east coast has some of the best cruising NZ has to offer The further South you go the fewer boats there are and in general the more rugged both the boats and the sailing become. Nelson, Picton /Waikawa are where many South Islanders keep their boats. Marlborough Sounds is as good a cruising area as you are likely to get in The South Island. There are a couple of marina's in Wellington and Mana that use the Sounds as well, as the local (NI) cruising is very limited. The West Coast of NZ is made up of mainly bar harbours,, you need the conditions to be in your favour to navigate them. Fiordland (bottom of the west coast SI) is a scenic wonderland, Stewart Island likewise. Most NZ sailors don't make it down there though as distance, and possible (likely) inclement conditions are easy dissuaders. And then there are the sandflies!!
It is definitely a buyers market, look at "trademe" boats for sale to get an idea of whats available. Some boats on there have been there for years at prices that may have been valid in the good old days, but are way over priced in the current market. Also foreign flag boats that have arrived with disenchanted owners who have had enough of sailing are often on the market. Be wary of some of the brokerages, once you look at a boat through them you are likely to be charged a commission even if you buy that boat through another broker or direct from the owner. Last I heard 8% commission was not uncommon.
Don't forget to enjoy the country as well!!

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We are traveling to New Zealand on a combination adventure and boat shopping trip. We will rent a house or apartment and stay as long as our tourist visas allow. Can anyone suggest areas with lots of cruising boats where the shopping might be most efficient and fruitful?
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Old 18-04-2014, 18:04   #3
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Re: Where to look in New Zealand

It's a small country and not that many places where boats are moored. Auckland is the best. There is a popular marina at Tauranga - south of Auckland - not a quick trip. There are also boats in the Bay of Islands and Whangarei - both north of Auckland. Whangarei has a couple near or in town, and one new one farther south just in from Whangarei Bay. Bay of Islands has a couple of marinas but fairly close. There are marinas in Wellington too, south of Auckland a ways. I think these are the main spots on the north island.

On the south island, there is a marina at Norman (long ferry ride from Wellington). There are other marinas south of Norman but I don't have much experience with those. Marinas in/near Auckland are spread all over the place.

Except for Auckland, none of the other areas have as large a population of boats as you might think. I's recommend chatting with some of the brokers in NZ too. Our boat was bought by a couple from Australia who flew over just to see her, came back to survey and sea trial, and then sailed her to Brisbane. From what I saw out there, Australia has more boats for sale from cruisers who end their journeys there - middle/end of spring is when the boats come in. Many boats are sold there.

Also, boats offered in NZ and Oz tend to be very pricy compared to other places but you may want to sail out of there. The waters are rough around NZ though, so most just go to and from there around the cyclone season.

I am sure there are more knowledgeable sailors out there with more current and accurate info though.
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Old 18-04-2014, 20:03   #4
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Re: Where to look in New Zealand

Make your life easy. Go on line and check out either Trade Me or Trade A Boat. These sites have everything that is for sale in the entire country available on line. Everyone uses one or both of the sites to sell their boat. Every broker uses these site as well as private sellers. Call or email the sellers to get all the information. They are great people and will be very helpful.

Unless you do your homework in advance you will be running all over the place and getting little accomplished. It is a small country but due to the roads (no freeways) it takes a lot of time to get from one place to the other.

Hope you enjoy your trip. It is a wonderful place.
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G'day, Mate. When are planning on visiting? I have a very well kept Mason 53 that is available to purchase. I have imported in to New Zealand and she is still an USCG documented vessel. You are allowed 3 months on your visitor's visa and can usually extend for another 3 months by submitting the appropriate application and fee.

Why not buy a one way ticket and then you can head off to the islands yet this season aboard your own Mason 53 ?
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Re: Where to look in New Zealand

We sailed twice to New Zealand, and we saw lots of boats for sale in Whangarei and Auckland. Lots to choose from. There are also many homebuilt yachts that are custom designs.
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