Best Sailing Months: October to April
Prevailing Wind: West
A stunning 15,000-kilometre coastline with harbours dotted with islands, sheltered sounds and lots to see ashore, there is certainly no shortage of places to visit in this beautiful country.
At the northern end of the South Island in Tasman Bay, you will find the city of Nelson which is the country’s biggest fishing port. With a good range of marine facilities and the sun beating down on you while cruising along the golden sand beaches with the turquoise water on one side and lush native forests of the Abel Tasman national park on the other, you will not be disappointed with this cruising ground. The shores of Tasman Bay include the Mapua Estuary with its fine restaurants, Abel Tasman National Park with lush vegetation, the golden beaches of Golden Bay and the wilderness of D’Urville Island.
Tasman Bay is surrounded by mountains which creates summer sea and land breezes. This, combined with Nelson’s record sunshine hours, ensures your best chance of fine weather in New Zealand.