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It is that time of year again – sailing season in the Bay of Islands.

For the people I meet who are looking for property for sale in the Bay of Islands, a mooring and boat storage is often high on their list. It is definitely a valued part of the Bay of Islands lifestyle. Sailing is a year-round pleasure for those who live in the Bay of Islands.

Come November however, there are noticeably more sails on the horizon.  At this time of year, many boats cruise down from the Pacific Islands to enjoy the New Zealand coast, especially the Bay of Islands waterways.
New Zealand Customs are ready to welcome the influx of boats expected to arrive in the Bay of Islands over the coming weeks.

The area offers a great setup for visiting boats with stunning waterways and islands to explore, safe anchorages, marinas, yacht clubs and onshore facilities.
There is car hire for those wanting a break from the sea or just to restock the boat with fresh produce and groceries. There are also great facilities for yacht maintenance and repairs.

Summer sailing is also popular with those who arrive by air or road. The Bay of Islands is home to a superb charter fleet for self-sail or hosted charters. Whether you are looking to get out on the water for a day, overnight or an extended stay, there is a vessel and crew to accommodate your every wish.

There is a selection of sailing, motor boats and superyachts operating in the Bay of Islands. You can find them online or book through local tourist information sites and booking agents. Here are a few that come to mind:
Te Vaka, Phantom, Tucker Thompson, Kingfisher Charters

For group bookings or commercial trips there are two large scale commercial operators– Fullers and Explore New Zealand . They offer an array of sight-seeing and dolphin watching trips around the bay.

Local yacht clubs run twilight racing and if you are keen to crew, show up and you may catch a ride –Russell Boating Club, Opua Cruising Club and Kerikeri Cruising Club.

However you opt to get out on the water, you’re in for a great time – the Bay of Islands is surely one of the best places in the world for boating, enjoy.
Cheers, Charlie

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