Welcome to New Zealand
It is not for nothing that New Zealand is known as 'the whole world in one country.' For a small country, New Zealand offers more in fewer miles than any other country on earth. From rainforest to snow, to white sand beaches, geothermal sites, and glaciers, New Zealand has it all.
Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand is an individually owned and operated franchise (formally Superyacht Support Ltd.) premier superyacht agency based in Auckland New Zealand.
APS New Zealand was founded by Jeanette Tobin and is entirely operated by the current owner, ex superyacht Captain Duthie Lidgard. Duthie and his team are passionate about showcasing New Zealand as a destination for cruising, chartering & supporting vessels in its already well-known refit facilities. It is with this passion that the itineraries put together for both, cruising & chartering yachts are something unique and leave guests with a longing to return to explore further.
“We are one of the best the industry offers in New Zealand handling Charter Permits, Itinerary Planning, Crew Visa’s, Refit, Parts, Provisions and more, a true asset for every client to have our agency work for you just ask our clients!”
The country offers a unique blend of cultures, and Maori culture is a core part of New Zealand's national identity. With its Polynesian history added to that of the European settlers, New Zealand has a rhythm all on its own with a relaxed sunny atmosphere that is fiercely competitive, especially on the sports field.
A country synonymous with the water, seafarers have always been attracted to New Zealand's unspoiled and beautiful shores. There are than 15,000km of beautiful coastline across two main islands - North and South – and hugely varied landscapes.
New Zealand's only yacht agency - Members of NZ Tourism, Maori Tourism, Qualmark approved - Quality assurance and member of the NZ Tourism Export Council.
Supporter and sponsor of "The Superyacht Gathering".
Key Cruising Areas
New Zealand is a land of variety from the subtropical white sandy beaches in the North Island to the deep and mysterious Sounds & Fiords in the South. New Zealand can provide something for everyone from sitting reading in a quiet bay to jet boating and bungy jumping, fishing, diving, snorkeling all surrounded by stunning scenery.
Only a one hour steam from Auckland's CBD, the Hauraki Gulf offers many options for guests from Waiheke Island, New Zealand's version of Martha's Vineyard, to Great Barrier Island with its amazing diving. Enduringly popular is the Bay of Islands, the gateway to the North of the North Island and it's 100+ islands offering shelter, sandy beaches and activities.
Head to the South Island, and it's a different world with the same laid-back kiwi culture. The Marlborough Sounds offer amazing diving and access to New Zealand's leading white wine vineyards. For the adventurous, Fiordland is perfect, with its dramatic almost Jurassic scenery and adventure.
To see the whole country allow seven to eight weeks to truly enjoy the total experience. If you have less time, stick to Auckland's Hauraki Gulf and the sunny Bay of Islands in the North.
- M/Y Alchemy - 40m
- M/Y Nahlin
- M/Y The Big Blue
- S/Y Janice of Wyoming
- M/Y Lady M II
- M/Y Belle Aimee
- S/Y Koo
- S/Y Imagine
- S/Y Erica XII
- S/Y Mondango II
- M/Y Plan B
- S/Y Globana M
- S/Y Ethereal
- M/Y Lady Christine
- M/Y Espiritu Santo
- S/Y Silvertip
- S/Y Che
- M/Y Sirus
- S/Y Drumbeat
- M/Y Suri
- S/Y Indio
- S/Y Gliss
- M/Y Arctic P
- S/Y Inmocean
- M/Y Halo
- M/Y Asteria
- M/Y Double Haven
- M/Y Senses
- M/Y Arctiv P
- M/Y Espiritu Santo
- M/Y Ubiquitous
- M/Y Dream
- S/Y Koo
- S/Y Thalia
- S/Y Twizzle
- S/Y Hetairos
- S/Y Luna
- S/Y Shamanna
- S/Y Freya
- S/Y Sassafras
- S/Y Silvertip
- S/Y Janice of Wyoming
- S/Y Eclipse
- M/Y Dardanelle
- M/Y Promise
- S/Y Wavelength
- S/Y Aquijo
- S/Y Mystere
- S/Y Skade
- S/Y Sea Eagle
We cooperated with the following Charter Agencies:
- Camper and Nicholsons
- Perini USA
We cooperated with the following Superyacht Yards for refit and maintenance:
- Royal Huisman
- M/Y Michaela Rose
Recent News about New Zealand
- January 15, 2019
- 150m Superyacht unloaded in Auckland
- September 1, 2018
- APS Sets Sail for Monaco Yacht Show
- August 16, 2018
- Asia Pacific Superyachts a Perfect Match for Asia-Pacific Superyacht Association
- August 10, 2018
- Asia Pacific Superyachts Returns to Monaco Yacht Show
- March 30, 2018
- Emirates Team NZ America’s Cup Base Plan agreed for Auckland
- December 1, 2017
- America’s Cup Challenge put up by New York Yacht Club
- November 21, 2017
- Crew Adventures in New Zealand
- October 9, 2017
- Auckland America’s Cup 2021
- October 7, 2017
- 2nd Annual APS Times premiere at Monaco Yacht Show
- September 28, 2017
- The APS Times, Edition 2017, is out!
- September 16, 2017
- Asia Pacific Superyachts Bringing Best to Monaco
- August 20, 2017
- Asia Pacific Superyachts to showcase at Monaco Yacht Show
- April 30, 2017
- Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand is heading back to the future
- April 22, 2017
- North or South? How to discover the best of New Zealand
- March 22, 2017
- From Purser to Yacht Agent at Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ
- March 15, 2017
- APS New Zealand’s New Superyacht Refit Destination
- January 22, 2017
- Interview: Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ, Duthie Lidgard
- December 9, 2016
- New Zealand – best country in the world
- November 1, 2016
- The APS Times is out!
- September 17, 2016
- APS New Zealand has expanded
- September 9, 2016
- APS ready for Monaco Yacht Show
- August 9, 2016
- Asia Pacific Superyachts Team Returns to Monaco
- January 18, 2016
- NZ golf tourism set to get trans-Tasman boost
- November 4, 2015
- A Cut Above the Rest
- October 19, 2015
- New Yacht Support Manager for APS New Zealand
- October 14, 2015
- Sail a Super Yacht in New Zealand
- October 11, 2015
- Successful APS Brand Debut at Monaco
- September 4, 2015
- Asia Pacific Superyachts Agents Onboard at MYS
- August 27, 2015
- New superyacht industry group for New Zealand
- August 26, 2015
- Shifting Kiwi Dollar means now is the time to build, refit and cruise in New Zealand
- August 23, 2015
- Hey, big spenders: Seeking superyacht big bucks
- August 13, 2015
- New Exciting Superyacht Destinations
- August 8, 2015
- APS Superyacht e-Brochure Launched!
- August 2, 2015
- 140m superyacht Ocean Victory arrives in Auckland after battling storms
- July 30, 2015
- Superyachts visiting NZ more frequently
- July 1, 2015
- Fiji – Super yachts destination
- May 27, 2015
- Refit Service Collective Forms In NZ
- May 4, 2015
- Superyachts NZ arm receives endorsement from NZ tourism
- May 3, 2015
- Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ appointed corporate members of Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron
- April 10, 2015
- Millennium Cup 2016 in New Zealand
- March 9, 2015
- Asia Pacific Superyachts announce new training programme in New Zealand
- February 25, 2015
- Superyachts allowed to cruise New Zealand’s Fiordland pilot-free
- January 29, 2015
- New Zealand welcomes Serene
- January 23, 2015
- 134m M.Y. Serene Arrives in Auckland
- January 22, 2015
- Russian superyacht Serene in New Zealand
Our Services To The Captains
- Cruise planning in our region
- Clearance in our region
- Visa and bond arrangements
- Dockage and pilot arrangements
- Helicopter authorization
- Charter license
- GSM cards and SAT TV decoder rentals
- Parcel or express mail clearance and export
- Shipyard coordination
- Accounting and banking facilities
- Charter APA and tax management
Our Services To The Engineers
- Duty free fuel
- Jet fuel and gasoline
- Lube oil supply and used oil / Sludge removal
- Engine parts and supplies
- Repairs and maintenance jobs
- Metal fabrication
- Haul Out & Refit
Our Services To The Deck Officers
- Deck parts and supplies with discounts
- Day workers
- Repairs and maintenance jobs
- Security and ISPS arrangements
Our Services To The Galley
- Fresh provisions
- Beverages and wine supplies
- Galley parts and supplies
- Wine tasting
Our Services To The Interior Department
- Carpet cleaning
- Flower arrangements
- Interior cleaning supplies
- Appliance repairs and maintenance
- Laundry and dry cleaning
- Beauty & grooming products
Our Services To The Owners And Charter Guests
- Car rental at preferred rates
- Airport meet& greet and transport
- Charter planes and helicopters
- Concierge services
- Cruise planning and itineraries
- Dive guides
- Guided tours and excursions
- Hotel bookings at preferred rates
- Massage, spa and beauty care
- Traditional dance shows in various islands
- Yacht and fishing boat charter
Our Services To The Crew
- Banking assistance
- Medical care
- Preferred rates on many hotels
- Car hire and tours
- Travel arrangements
- Crew uniforms
“For the lead up months prior to arrival Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ were forthcoming with assistance and with additional matters regarding the pet dog we carried onboard and Helicopter permits that were to require special attention. The organization of provisions, fuel, dockage, amenities and all those usual odd extras we could throw at them were arranged without hassle. The itinerary and guides selected to suit the owner’s requirements were perfect. Land excursions, flights and accommodation ashore were all organized by Asia Pacific and executed without fault.”
“Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ were simply the most productive and supportive agents I have ever had the pleasure of engaging. Whether Jeanette or Janice was responding to a request from me or from another member of crew, they acted in the same manner and always went out of their way to deliver. Jeanette’s knowledge and her ability to make things happen were a great asset to have during our trip around New Zealand. Janice’s ability to make things appear as soon as the email was sent or phone call ended went into making the trip run as smooth as possible. They truly were a 24/7 support to us.”
With regard to your services when we were in NZ twice in 2017 I have to say that they were superb. Certainly lived up to my previous comments when Jeanette was in charge. You guys put a lot of time in each vessel making them feel that they are the only ones that you are servicing at any one time. Nothing was a problem and you would go out of your way to make things happen. Your care of the crew with regard to extra-curricular activities was awesome and we would not hesitate to use you guys the next time we are in NZ. Hopefully sooner rather than later.
Thanks once again.
Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking trails and a dozen enchanted holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, a background rhythm of Polynesian culture and a passion for outstanding food, wine and shopping - you're beginning to get the picture of Auckland.
In the Maori language, Auckland is known as Tamaki-Makau-Rau - 'the maiden with a hundred suitors'. It earned this name because it was a region coveted by many tribes.
Waiheke Island – Hauraki Gulf
One of the larger Hauraki Gulf islands, Waiheke is just 14 kilometres from the heart of Auckland city. It's a place that visitors, and the people who are lucky enough to live there, find particularly relaxing.
Home to many of New Zealand's successful artists, Waiheke has long standing arts and crafts focus. You'll find a number of galleries and craft outlets in the seaside shopping areas. There are plenty of places to enjoy a good coffee or a taste of New Zealand's clean, fresh cuisine. And with more than a dozen high-quality vineyards, Waiheke is a wine lover's delight. Many of the vineyards include relaxing cafe-style restaurants that look out across the vine-covered valleys to the blue sea beyond.
Great Barrier Island
With a permanent population of around 700 this sparsely populated 285 square km island is one of the few untouched and un-spoilt places still remaining in the world.
Great Barrier has the kind of rugged, untouched beauty that appeals to adventurers and that is getting harder and harder to find on our planet. Take your tramping boots, because the magnificent forests are laced with well-formed roads and tracks that lead to secluded natural hot springs and historic Kauri dams. Unsurprisingly, wildlife flourishes here - the island is a haven for rare birds and lizards. Around the coasts, it's all about endless white sandy beaches and crystal clear waters that offer legendary fishing and diving experiences.
Mercury and Alderman Islands
Great Mercury Island is privately owned by Sir Michael Fay and David Richwhite. The remaining islands in the group are managed by the Department of Conservation, and are popular diving and fishing spots because of its unspoiled coastline, pristine beaches and rich reefs. The owners of the Great Mercury Island are quite reasonable and will allow people on their island as long as some basic rules are followed are protected, landing is prohibited in some locations.
Mercury Islands offer spectacular rock pinnacles, caves and drop-offs in 8-30m visibility, 15 Nm out from Whitianga. The underwater terrain is exceptionally varied throughout the Islands. Never Fail Rock is a popular cave diving area with drop-offs to 37m.
The Aldermans are some 10 Nm offshore where scenic pinnacles and walls drop off to 55m and harbour abundant marine life. Big game fish are often seen along the drop-offs. Dogger Reef, 15m below the surface has a variety of pelagic species in summer and is often visited by sharks. Tairua Reef around 22km offshore has stands of black coral and myriad schools of fish in depths ranging from 9-46m.
Poor Knights Marine Reserve
The Poor Knights Islands were named by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top 10 dive sites in the world. Cousteau would know, and Cousteau was right! Separated from mainland New Zealand, the Poor Knights are influenced by a warm current that originates in the Coral Sea, north of Australia. Water temperature is higher, and visibility significantly greater than in nearby coastal waters.
Tropical and subtropical life forms have become established among the diverse and multiple environments formed by the island's volcanic origins. Underground caves, tunnels and archways are home to an extraordinary variety seaweeds and dense populations of friendly, colourful fish.
You can expect, the mixture of tropical and subtropical sea life, and the clarity of the water result in an underwater environment that is truly unique on this planet.
Bay Of Islands
The Bay of Islands- Northland has one of the best maritime parks in New Zealand with 144 islands and bays. Marine life includes whales, penguins, dolphins and Fantastic Sports Fishing.
On the East Coast of Northland, Russell, Opua, Paihia, Waitangi & Kerikeri all make up part of the Bay of Islands, a world-renowned tourist destination and the cultural centre of New Zealand. Waitangi is where NZ's founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in 1840. Some of New Zealand's oldest buildings are found in the Bay of Islands. Desirable Kerikeri is one of NZ's fastest growing towns and a horticultural hub with significant orchard plantings.
Whangaroa Harbour, situated in the far north of New Zealand on the protected East Coast and has without doubt one of the most productive Marlin Fishing grounds in New Zealand. Whangaroa is world renown its spectacular scenery, safe anchorage and for having the largest Striped Marlin in the world......commonly known to most as the Striped Marlin capital of the world. When marlin fishing just 15 minutes from the entrance to the protected harbour, pack attacks are not uncommon.