Our Cruising Areas
Some of the Best in the World!
Nelson, Abel Tasman, d'Urville Island, Marlborough Sounds
Our central Nelson base means we are ideally located for exploring the top of the South Island.
If you only have a few days or less we suggest cruising Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park areas. We have scheduled trips you can join or we can design a trip just for you. If you have more time - 5 days, a week or even longer - then cruising Abel Tasman National Park, d'Urville Island and Marlborough Sounds are options.
We specialize in designing your holiday to suit your requirements. We can arrange for you to join and depart our vessels anywhere within our cruising areas.
Nelson City is New Zealand's second oldest city and the main urban hub at the top of the South Island. Nelson is known for its sunny weather - New Zealand's sunshine capital. It enjoys balmy weather, with mild winters making pleasant boating all year round. Cruise Nelson Harbour, Haulashore Island, The Boulder Bank and even visit Nelson's Historic Lighthouse - the second oldest in New Zealand. Enjoy Nelson's history and activities as viewed from the sea.
Abel Tasman National Park
Abel Tasman is renowned for its golden beaches, beautiful bays, and its world-famous coastal track. It also has a mild climate and is a good place to visit at any time of the year. A fantastic marine playground. You can sail, swim, dive, walk the bush tracks or enjoy the antics of dolphins, seals and blue penguins. Then return to your yacht and a restful night's sleep in the bay of your choice.
Tasman Bay - French Pass to Farewell Spit
Tasman Bay some 30 miles across and bounded by D'Urville, Nelson, Motueka, Abel Tasman National Park and Golden Bay, it is a boating paradise. Edged and protected by the Western Ranges and Farewell Spit on the west and The Richmond Ranges in the east, Tasman Bay forms it's own microclimate. This means fantastic boating while much of the country may be suffering inclement weather.
D'Urville Island is a relatively untouched place with empty, silent harbours ringed by dark forest and farmlands. Other parts of the coast are wild and open to the ravages of Cook Strait and the outer part of Tasman Bay, they're pure wilderness destinations.
The Marborough Sounds are a labyrinth of bays and coves. The maze of waterways consist of three sounds with d'Urville Island separating the Sounds from Tasman Bay. For many areas access is by boat only. Havelock, at the head of Kenepuru Sound, is a small village with excellent marina facilities and an ideal place to start or finish your Marlborough Sounds holiday.
Here are some ideas to inspire creativity!
I had a great time on Jamarh - fishing, swimming, diving, sailing, motoring, kayaking, rowing...it is a lifetime experience."
- 3 day, week or longer cruises to Abel Tasman National Park, D'Urville Island or Marlborough Sounds.
- Nelson Harbour cruises for dinner parties or family and friends celebrations.
- 'Sail & dine' or 'Sail & Wine' trips to Mapua, a picturesque coastal village.
- Corporate meetings, incentive rewards, product launches, team building, parties and entertaining.
- Sailing adventures complete with on-board lessons.
- Weddings, honeymoons or perhaps just a naughty weekend!
- Fun Fishing, day and overnight trips.
- Trips may be self-catering, or there is an all inclusive service whereby you relax and leave the work to the crew.
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