Captain Cooks North Island, New Zealand Circumnavigation / 1,245nm / 10 Oct – 25 Oct 2021
You can fly directly into Blenheim on or before the 10th of October 2021. When you arrive we’ll familiarise you with the yacht, systems and safety equipment and you will join us for a crew dinner ashore.
Our crew will officially assemble from the 11th onwards at the Waikawa Marina near Picton and we will aim to depart (subject to weather) on the 12th of October 2021 and leave the Waikawa Marina, sail out of the Marlborough Sounds and heading NW for Wellington, where we may stop before turning east for Napier on the North Islands SE coast. You are welcome to stay onboard from the date you arrive but if you plan to arrive prior to 10th of October, you may need to arrange accommodation ashore.
The goal is to circumnavigate the North Island, stopping at a handful of scenic locations en-route, while managing around the weather to ensure a comfortable and safe expedition. This may include waiting for bad weather to pass while safely anchored or moored in a sheltered bay, behind an island, in a harbour or anchorage.
The North Island coastline includes some of the most stunning maritime scenery in New Zealand. The voyage starts with departing Picton and sailing out through the Tory Channel, across the Cook Strait to Wellington, before turning east to pass Cape Palliser and sail up the east coast to a explore a handful of anchorage opportunities en-route to Cape Reinga that may include, Napier, Gisborne, Tauranga, Coromandel, Kawau Island, Great Mercury Island, Great Barrier Island, Tutukaka, Bay of Islands and Whangaroa Harbour.
On the more rugged west coast the only safe anchorage is New Plymouth. The final leg will be sailing from New Plymouth to Picton via the Tory Channel at the eastern entrance to the Marlborough Sounds. We will aim to sail back into Waikawa Marina on the 24th of October 2021.