Published: Tuesday, 01 November 2016

With the South Pacific summer kicking off, New Zealand’s sailing season starts to wind up and to welcome the arrival of the yachts into Auckland, Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand (APS NZ) threw its first Dock Party at Silo Marina in Auckland’s CBD. 

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(Photos: APS NZ - Whangarei Ship Repair)

With over 100 of its crew in attendance, the evening started with sausages, sauce, beer and wine. It was a busy weekend for the team at APS NZ, the All Blacks played Australia in Auckland on the Saturday evening and hosted eight of their Captains to the game in a corporate box. 

“It’s a very kiwi thing to want to welcome our guests and show them the best time we possibly can,” says APS NZ Managing Director  Duthie Lidgard. “We want to share our love of food and rugby and with the big game being in Auckland and summer beginning, it was a perfect weekend – plus the All Blacks won! New Zealand has become the ‘go to’ place in the Asia-Pacific Region for superyachts to go for refit and cruising along its pristine coastline, which offers a whole world in a very small country. White sandy beaches, sheltered bays, fiords, great fishing and diving, a vibrant food and wine culture, world class hiking trails and some stunning scenery. What else could you need? Leave your northern winter behind and head down here for a summer Christmas cruise out of the madness. It’s a safe place to visit.” 

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(Dock Party)

Auckland is being challenged for refit and as a base for visiting vessels by Whangarei, a sheltered harbour 2.5hrs north of Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour. With this potential growth, APS NZ have opened an office based in Whangarei to support the growing number of vessels heading there. Run by experienced crew member Karma Butler, this season has taken off. 

“The atmosphere here is a lot more relaxing, although the work is still first class,” says Butler. “There isn’t the traffic and uptight nature that you see in Auckland. Crew love the access to the Northland Beaches, which offer peace and tranquillity after a long day in the yard. It’s a nice atmosphere to do your refit and gives you a quality of life outside of work hours.”

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(APS NZ team)

“We saw Whangarei as a fantastic alternative to Auckland for refit and as a base for cruising Northland and we’ve made this commitment to support the vessels that make the decision to go there by employing Karma, who will run our office,” adds Lidgard. “Auckland is always busy and will always be the main hub of the Superyacht Industry in the Pacific. Its two slipways in Downtown Auckland offer great service in a prime location and with the Silo Marina offering eight berths for vessels up to 120m and the Viaduct Harbour, there aren’t many better places for boats and crew to be based but we now have a great alternative for visiting vessels. We have an amazing and very dedicated team in Auckland and now with the addition of Karma, who has the same vision and work ethic as we do, the fit has been pretty seamless.”