New Zealand onboard with Asia Pacific Superyachts
Published: Tuesday, 30 July 2013
Asia Pacific Superyachts (APS) recently announced that Superyacht Support Ltd of Auckland, New Zealand’s premier superyacht agency had joined Asia’s leading network of yachting services with the company converting to Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ Ltd. as from 1 August 2013.
Founded by Jeanette Tobin to grow the cruising and charter market in New Zealand whilst also supporting vessels in refit, Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ will now offer an even more personalised service. Tobin noted: “We are all passionate about showcasing New Zealand as a definite option for yachts coming to Asia for cruising and chartering. With over 15,000 kilometres of coastline dotted with sheltered islands, harbours and sub-tropical white sandy beaches in the north of the North Island, to Sounds and almost Jurassic-type fiords in the South Island.”
“Food and wine are important to all New Zealanders and we lead the charge with our award winning new world wines. Adventures abound with Queenstown in the South Island being the adventure capital of New Zealand and the home to the ‘Bungee Jump’. All of this, together with our underlying Maori culture, offers a very laid-back Polynesian lifestyle. We are proud to be the Pacific arm of Asia Pacific Superyachts and to spearhead the support of vessels coming down from the Americas and up into Asia and vice versa,” Tobin added.
Asia Pacific Superyachts provides a comprehensive and unique range of services to support visiting superyachts throughout Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific region. The network covers the Andaman Islands, Borneo, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Maldives, Myanmar, the Seychelles, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Phuket, Koh Samui, and now New Zealand, all primed to provide world class service and supplies for every need.
APS welcomes New Zealand in joining Asia’s top affiliation of professional superyacht agents in Asia, which will now provide excellent care for vessels arriving to cruise and charter in New Zealand waters. “As experts in the Asia-Pacific arena for all facets of superyachting including cruising, chartering and refit, we are passionate about growing our region,” enthused APS board member Captain Charlie Dwyer of APS Samui, in Thailand, and skipper of Yanneke Too.
“Of the more than 200 superyachts heading to the Pacific each year, New Zealand only hosts about 50. Of these only 10 or so cruise or charter while the rest stay for refits”, Tobin explained. “We want to be able to grow this number. We turn away some eight to 10 charters per season because there are no vessels which is distressing for the New Zealand economy and for the interested guests unable to come and explore our stunningly varied country. We need to change this."