Experience Three: On the Water

Dust off your deck shoes, batten down the hatches and memorise port and starboard for this duo of aquatic adventures, both on the North Island…

1) America’s Cup Sailing, Auckland, North Island

1) America’s Cup Sailing, Auckland, North Island

1) Americas Cup Sailing, Auckland, North Island
If you’re a fan of the America’s Cup – the world’s oldest and most prestigious sailing regatta – you’ll love being a temporary crew member on one of the original America’s Cup yachts. You’ll hop on board your vessel at Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour for a two-hour stint as a boatsman; the professional crew will be on hand to show you the ropes (literally), and will have you at the helm or hard at work on the grinders in no time. If you’d rather sit back and watch, that’s also allowed; no sailing experience is necessary. The crew will happily answer nautical questions relating to tactics, techniques and principles of sailing the yachts.

Useful info
Wear a light jacket and flat shoes
– Get to the meeting point 15 minutes before departure
– Mini boatswain aged 10 and above can come
– You’ll get a full safety briefing before departure
– Life jackets are provided (so are rain jackets, in bad weather)
– Discuss any medical issues when booking; if you’re pregnant, the tour’s not for you (sorry)

Find out more: http://www.newzealand.com/uk/plan/business/explore-group-americas-cup-sailing-experience/

2) Hole in the Rock dolphin cruise, Bay of Islands, North Island

2) Hole in the Rock dolphin cruise, Bay of Islands, North Island

2) Hole in the Rock dolphin cruise, Bay of Islands, North Island

Set off in search of dolphins, whales and the eye-popping Hole in the Rock on this half-day cruise around the Bay of Islands. The Dolphin Seeker catamaran will whisk you to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, where you can gawp admiringly at the famous Hole in the Rock on Motu Kōkako Island. Māori warriors used to paddle through the Hole in the Rock in their canoes before setting off for battle; if drops of water from the cave roof above fell on them, it was a good omen for the fight ahead. If the weather allows it, your skipper will navigate the Dolphin Seeker through the narrow space (if drops fall on your head, your enemies are done for).

The crew are pros at spotting dolphins and other marine life; if conditions allow it, you can borrow a wetsuit and swim alongside the dolphins (an extra $15 a person). In season, the boat stops at beautiful Urupukapuka Island, where you can laze on the sand or stroll to the top of the island to take in the 360-degree views. You’ll also be given a free ferry ticket in case you want to explore Paihia or Russell. In the unlikely event that your final dolphin-count totals zero, you’ll be given a free voucher to use on another cruise.

Useful info
– The departure point is Paihia/Russell wharf
– Bring a hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and a camera
– You’ll need a towel and swimmers if you want to dive in
– Your skipper will provide commentary (multilingual translator units can be pre-booked)
– Picnic lunches can be pre-ordered (at an extra cost)

Find out more: http://www.newzealand.com/uk/plan/business/hole-in-the-rockdolphin-cruise-fullers-greatsights-bay-of-islands/

 

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