New Zealand

New Zealand yacht charter

New Zealand is a world unto itself – culturally and geographically. Southeast of Australia across the Tasman Sea, New Zealand consists of North and South Islands, as well as a group of small islands including the Chatham Islands and Stewart Island. Due to its remoteness, New Zealand was one of the last major landmasses to be inhabited in the world. As a result, it has a huge amount of biodiversity in plant and animal life.

It also offers some of the most incredible landscapes; from fjords to volcanos to reefs and high mountains, there is much to see and do. Regularly ranked as a top travel destination, there is no more pure and beautiful way to explore New Zealand than by yacht. 

  • Best time to visit
    December - March
  • Getting there
    Multiple city links
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Multiple city links

Auckland Airport
Christchurch International Airport
Wellington International Airport
Queenstown Airport

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The Grove
Serving a contemporary menu that changes depending on seasons and the very best of what’s available locally. Full vegetarian and vegan options and a wine list with the best from New Zealand and around the world.
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Lodge at Kauri Cliffs
Famous golf course with stunning views, a variety of spa services in a wellness centre next to Totara Forest, complete with birdsong, and international cuisine in four different locations.
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Chef Lesley Chandra uses contemporary techniques to elevate the best produce, locally and nationally sourced, to celebrate his Fijian-Indian heritage. Choose the Discovery menu or the seven-course chef’s table experience, both with paired wines.
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The French Café
Executive Chef Sid Sahrawat and wife Chand made their names with Sidart before taking over the French Café in 2018. Expect modern Mediterranean cuisine with Asian and occasional sub-continental influences, using the finest locally sourced produce.
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Matakauri Lodge, Queenstown
On the shores of Lake Wakatipu with panoramic views of Queenstown’s mountains, The Remarkables, Cecil and Walter Peaks, guests can enjoy spa treatments on the edge of a pine forest and dine on Chef Jonathan Rogers’ daily changing menu.
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Cape Kidnappers
Set on rolling green farmland overlooking Hawke’s Bay, The Farm has an 18-hole Tom Doak-designed golf course set in stunning cliff-top scenery. Chef James Honore’s seasonal menu picks the choicest produce from the hotel’s own kitchen and herb gardens and there’s a restful spa too.
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SO/ Auckland Hotel
Chef Marty Kindleysides’ contemporary take on classic Asian flavours is more about fun dining that fine dining. Share the love! There’s also a wellness spa with a range of professional treatments.
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Wharekauhau Country Estate, Wellington
Enjoy the chef’s seasonal tasting menu from Friday to Sunday, archery, local vineyard winetastings, heli-fishing, quad-bike tours, a ’Chef in the wild’ experience on the 3,000-acre estate or relax Maori-style in the Hauora spa.
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Blanket Bay
Enjoy creatively styled fine dining in Chef Dan Reynolds’ ever-changing menu, which celebrates the finest produce from this estate on the shores of Lake Wakatipu. Horse riding, heli-skiing, fly fishing, golf, wine tasting and spa experiences, even bungy jumping, you can do it all here.
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Annandale, Christchurch
Experience ‘gumboot luxury’ on the shores of Pigeon Bay. Dining is farm-to-table style and what isn’t sourced from the farm is brought in from within a 100km radius.
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Huka Lodge
A luxury lodge resort on the banks of Waikato River, moments from North Island’s Lake Taupo, with a restaurant serving local delicacies like Te Matuku oysters, Matangi beef, Mount Cook alpine salmon and Southland lamb on an ever-changing menu.
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Bay of Islands
Wreck diving, reefs, jewel anemones
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Explore the movie set of the Lord of the Rings and the Hobbit Trilogies
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Poor Knights Islands
Spectacular underwater topography, tropical marine life, orca, recommended for photographers. One of Cousteau’s top 10 dive sites
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Tongariro Alpine Crossing
UNESCO Dual Heritage Area, world-renowned 19.4km (12 miles) hike along mountains, volcanic areas, emerald lakes, craters and springs
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Coromandel Peninsula
Diving with kelp forests, crevasses, kingfish, moray eels, stingrays
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Kawarau Suspension Bridge
Bungy jump off the bridge into the canyon, height equivalent to a 10-story building
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Goat Island
Rocky shores, deep reefs, cliffs, canyons, sand flats, seaweed forests, blue cod, shellfish, snapper
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Waitomo Caves
Subterranean world known for its ethereal glow-worm grotto
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South Coast, Wellington
Reefs, breeding ground for marine life, recommended for shore divers
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Oparara Arches
Limestone arches within the rainforest of Kahurangi National Park
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Long Island
Abundant marine life including giant crayfish
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Huka Falls
Natural waterfall with 220,000 litres (58,000 gallons) of water per second rushing from Lake Taupō
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Mikhail Lermontov
Sunken Russian cruise liner from 1986
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Kelp beds, fur seals, dusky dolphins, sperm whales
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Wreck diving, kelp forest, seven gill sharks, sea lion
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Milford Sound
Crevasses, drop offs, boulders, dolphins, seals, black coral trees
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Resort town, haven for adrenaline-fuelled adventure sports 
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Stewart Island
Kelp forests, seals, sea lions, cage diving with great whites
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Visit the well sheltered inlet north of the Bay of Islands, where there is great wreck and reef diving. If golf is your thing head north along the coast to The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs for a breathtakingly scenic 18-hole course and a spa experience.
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Kawau Island
Anchor in Bon Accord Harbour and visit the historic Mansion House. Take a walk around the island and play with the watertoys in the crystal waters of the Drowned Valley.
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Great Barrier Island
Take a tender tour around the Port of Fitzroy and walk to the beautiful waterfalls. Golden beaches, clear waters and vast forests are there for exploring.
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Poor Knights Island
Created millions of years ago by volcanic activity, this Marine and Nature Preserve delights divers with its drop offs, tunnels, caves and arches. Non-divers can take a tender tour of the caves.
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Explore the town centre, taste local dishes and visit the Waitangi treaty grounds to learn about Maori culture. Swim with dolphins, try your hand at fishing, kayaking or have a picnic on the beach and visit spectacular Haruru Falls. Golfers will love the Waitangi course.
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Waiheke Island
In Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf, this island blends farmland, forest, beaches, olive groves and award-winning vineyards, as well as an international reputation for food and arts.
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Mercury Islands
Visit this popular diving and fishing area off the Coromandel Peninsula, also great for scallops. Walk the paths of Great Mercury Island or cruise back to the mainland to explore Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach.
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Unmistakable thanks to Mount Maunganui, this surf town has beautiful white sandy beaches. Check out the natural spa pools at the base of the mountain, hike to the top for spectacular views.
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Calvalli Islands
Home to the wreck of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, now an artificial reef and premier dive site. Non-divers can paddle board and kayak around the islands or walk around the main island’s nature preserve, Motukawanui.
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Milford Sound
Divers will love the black coral, sea stars and delicate anemones. Kayakers can paddle right up to the steep cliffs. Keen hikers can tackle the four-day Milford Track for spectacular views in pristine landscapes.
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Doubtful Sound
Take a helicopter to experience a glacier walk. Kayakers and divers can find fur seals, bottle nosed dolphins and crested penguins – and catch your own lobster.
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Stewart Island
South of South Island, you’ll find wonderful birdwatching, hiking including the three-day Rakiura Trail, and you may be lucky enough to see the Aurora Australis. Another major attraction is the eponymous Kiwi.
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Visit Aorangi Forest Park and hike to the Putangirua Pinnacles, which Lord of the Rings fans might recognise. Head up to Martinborough after lunch where there are about 50 vineyards to explore, by bike if you prefer.
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This port town has a maritime museum and wonderful fresh seafood. Take a drive to Blenheim, the heart of Marlborough’s wine-growing region with 30 wineries within driving distance of town.
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Charter yachts available in New Zealand

This is a small selection of the yachts available to charter in the New Zealand. Please contact your Burgess broker for a personalised selection.

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New to charter?

Whether you are looking for a 70m motor yacht to cruise the Caribbean or have your heart set on an adrenaline-fuelled sailing experience, we are on hand to guide you every step of the way.
Frequently asked questions
I’ve never chartered before, where do I start?
To get started, one of our brokers will ask you questions, like how many people you want to bring aboard, whether you know where you want to go and what you want to do. From sailing to motor, catamaran to explorer – we’ll shortlist yachts of a style, size and capability that match your preferences and suggest bucket-list cruising grounds.  
How many guests can be on board?
The majority of yachts can cruise with 8-12 guests, depending on their length. For bigger parties, some yachts built to the Passenger Yacht Code (PYC) can carry up to 36 guests – these yachts are usually above 80m (260ft) long. For events, yachts can have more people on board provided they stay in port.
Why do I need a charter broker? Why can’t I book direct?

Planning the perfect charter requires specialist knowledge, trusted contacts on board and on the ground, as well as first-hand knowledge of yachts, crews and locations, as well as legal contracts and local regulations to build an experience that suits you perfectly. Another reason to choose a broker is that sometimes there can be unforeseen issues with yachts or destinations and having an experienced broker to protect your interests and build a plan B is hugely reassuring. 

Creating the unforgettable is what we do at Burgess. It’s what our knowledge, experience and passion are all about. We take all the hassle out of the planning so you can just turn up and have the best holiday ever. 

I have a few allergies, how can I let the yacht know about these and also about my preferences?
A few weeks before your charter starts, we’ll send you a detailed questionnaire that lets us know the preferences and special requirements of everyone in your party. It will cover dietary and medical requirements, allergies and any special requests, birthdays or entertainment, for instance. This helps us and the crew of your yacht make sure your charter will be everything you hope it will be.  

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Discover the Burgess difference

Charter a luxury yacht with Burgess. We are trusted for our expertise, and it is the first-hand insights of our charter brokers that raise the bar. Our collective knowledge serves to make your superyacht charter experience exceptional. Explore our stunning collection of luxury yachts for rent or hire and speak to our experts about chartering a private yacht to your dream destination.

Privileged access to the world’s finest charter yachts

Every charter yacht in the Burgess fleet is unique, from interior design and on board facilities, to watertoys and impeccable service. We rigorously inspect every yacht to ensure that when you find your ideal match, it exceeds every expectation.

A wealth of knowledge to enhance your experience

A superyacht charter offers life-affirming adventure and little can compare to a tailor-made experience orchestrated by your Burgess broker. By accommodating both your preferences and requirements, no detail is left to chance.

Personalised service that goes above and beyond

Burgess charter brokers are involved well beyond the booking stage. We share our intelligence on the best itineraries to suit you, organise private jet transfers, on board celebrations, luxury boat hire, restaurant bookings, spa treatments, fitness instruction and more.

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