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Bay of Islands and Haurki Gulf, New Zealand 10 Nov 2024 Expedition Cruising

Opua
  • Event date: 10/11/2024
  • Event end: 22/11/2024
  • When: OCT-DEC
  • Duration: 2 weeks

Bay of Islands and Haurki Gulf, New Zealand 10 Nov 2024 / 300NM / 10 – 22 Nov 2024

13 Days / CAT 3 Expedition Cruise

The Category 3 cruise combines the stunning Bay of Islands and the wider Hauraki Gulf for a fortnight of exploration and adventure. It starts in the heart of the Bay of Islands, treks as far east as Great Barrier Island and Great Mercury Island and finishes at The Viaduct Marina in Auckland’s City of Sails.

This 300nm adventure includes stopovers we can select from more than 30 options and there’ll be new anchorages to discover every day. We‘ll review the weather before departing Opua and plan a unique route to Auckland, which will include overnight stops and exploration ashore multiple locations.

We will plan cruising stopovers at locations that take advantage of the prevailing weather and activities on offer. We’ll enjoy barbeques, fresh seafood, roast dinners and relax to take in the sunset in idyllic anchorages each night. We’ll complete the the cruise by sailing into the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland

Secure your place on the crew with a 20% deposit.

BAY OF ISLANDS & HAURAKI GULF, NEW ZEALAND : 300NM : 12-24 NOV 2023: 13 DAY CRUISE logo
Difficulty Level:
Medium
Price:

PRIVATE CABIN (3 BERTHS) $5,265 AUD

SHARED CABIN (1 BERTH) $1,950 AUD

Bay of Islands and Haurki Gulf, New Zealand 10 Nov 2024 / 300NM / 10 – 22 Nov 2024

You can fly directly into Keri Keri Airport (a 30 minute car ride from Opua) in the Bay of Islands on the 10th of November 2024 to arrive at the Bay of Islands Marina before 5pm in time to get settled onboard Te Kaihōpara and join the crew welcome dinner. We will aim to depart the next morning, as soon as we complete the yacht familiarisation and safety training process and head for our first of our island anchorages. You are welcome to stay onboard on the night of the 10th, but if you plan to arrive prior to the 10th of November, you will need to arrange accommodation ashore.

Our plan is to sail into the The Viaduct Marina in Auckland by 2pm on the 22nd of November and you can plan to depart out of Auckland Airport (a 30-45 minute car ride) later the same day.

Here is what you will experience onboard

  • Hoisting, trimming and reefing both upwind (main, genoas, and jibs) and downwind sails (poled out headsails, spinnakers, gennakers and code 0’s (subject to weather)
  • Acting as watch captain (day and night), helming, navigating, checking the weather and monitoring AIS and radar and for both traffic and rain squalls
  • Downloading and analysing the latest weather forecasts and calculating the best route to the destination
  • Navigating, hazard identification, entering waypoints and calculating updated ETA’s
  • Routine checks of bilges, engine, electrical systems, sails and hardware for preventative maintenance
  • Watch roster planning, matching responsibility to experience, crew management and communication
  • Familiarisation of all safety procedures, sail planning, storm preparation planning and abandon ship procedures
  • Training in the use of PDF’s (Personal Flotation Devices), PLB’s (Personal Locator Beacons), safety tethers, dan buoy’s, storm drogue, liferaft and any other equipment required to ensure you remain safe in all conditions
  • Advice on how to take responsibility for managing clothing, hydration, sleep and nutrition to maintain your health and well being aboard
  • Planning our arrival and route to safe harbour including timing with daylight (if required), weather factors, navigational hazards, communications/customs and sail/motor arrival plan
  • Multi-day, offshore passage making 24/7 on a significant Category 1 offshore passage.

Your crew package includes the following:

  • all meals onboard
  • crew meals ashore in Opua and Fiji
  • accommodation onboard
  • your Ocean Sailing Expeditions crew shirt
  • marina fees
  • the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether
  • your bedding, a pillow and a towel is also included, along with suncream.

Your crew package excludes the following:

  • accommodation ashore
  • flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports and visas
  • alcohol
  • toiletries
  • clothing and wet weather gear
  • You will need to complete a 2-day Sea Safety and Survival Training Course or equivalent Category 1 Course at least one month prior.

It’s always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility in case of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules. Accommodation options if you want to stay ashore on either side of the trip: AirBNBBooking.comWotif & HomeAway.

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Program 10-22 Nov

Bay of Islands and Haurki Gulf, New Zealand 10 Nov 2024 / 300NM / 10 – 22 Nov 2024

You can fly directly into Keri Keri Airport (a 30 minute car ride from Opua) in the Bay of Islands on the 10th of November 2024 to arrive at the Bay of Islands Marina before 5pm in time to get settled onboard Te Kaihōpara and join the crew welcome dinner. We will aim to depart the next morning, as soon as we complete the yacht familiarisation and safety training process and head for our first of our island anchorages. You are welcome to stay onboard on the night of the 10th, but if you plan to arrive prior to the 10th of November, you will need to arrange accommodation ashore.

Our plan is to sail into the The Viaduct Marina in Auckland by 2pm on the 22nd of November and you can plan to depart out of Auckland Airport (a 30-45 minute car ride) later the same day.

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Here is what you will experience onboard

  • Hoisting, trimming and reefing both upwind (main, genoas, and jibs) and downwind sails (poled out headsails, spinnakers, gennakers and code 0’s (subject to weather)
  • Acting as watch captain (day and night), helming, navigating, checking the weather and monitoring AIS and radar and for both traffic and rain squalls
  • Downloading and analysing the latest weather forecasts and calculating the best route to the destination
  • Navigating, hazard identification, entering waypoints and calculating updated ETA’s
  • Routine checks of bilges, engine, electrical systems, sails and hardware for preventative maintenance
  • Watch roster planning, matching responsibility to experience, crew management and communication
  • Familiarisation of all safety procedures, sail planning, storm preparation planning and abandon ship procedures
  • Training in the use of PDF’s (Personal Flotation Devices), PLB’s (Personal Locator Beacons), safety tethers, dan buoy’s, storm drogue, liferaft and any other equipment required to ensure you remain safe in all conditions
  • Advice on how to take responsibility for managing clothing, hydration, sleep and nutrition to maintain your health and well being aboard
  • Planning our arrival and route to safe harbour including timing with daylight (if required), weather factors, navigational hazards, communications/customs and sail/motor arrival plan
  • Multi-day, offshore passage making 24/7 on a significant Category 1 offshore passage.
Inclusions

Your crew package includes the following:

  • all meals onboard
  • crew meals ashore in Opua and Fiji
  • accommodation onboard
  • your Ocean Sailing Expeditions crew shirt
  • marina fees
  • the use of a PFD (personal floatation device), PLB (personal locator beacon), and a safety tether
  • your bedding, a pillow and a towel is also included, along with suncream.
Exclusions

Your crew package excludes the following:

  • accommodation ashore
  • flights and transport to and from departure and arrival ports and visas
  • alcohol
  • toiletries
  • clothing and wet weather gear
  • You will need to complete a 2-day Sea Safety and Survival Training Course or equivalent Category 1 Course at least one month prior.

It’s always recommended that you book flights with date flexibility in case of unforeseen changes due to weather or schedules. Accommodation options if you want to stay ashore on either side of the trip: AirBNBBooking.comWotif & HomeAway.

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