New Zealand North Island
NEW ZEALAND is a country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two large islands (the North and the South Island) and numerous smaller islands. In Maori, NZ has come to be known as Aotearoa, which is usually translated into English as The Land of the Long White Cloud. The population is mostly of European descent, with the indigenous Maori being the largest minority.
The country has extensive marine resources, with the seventh-largest Exclusive Economic Zone in the world, covering over 1.5 million sq miles. The North Island is one of the two main islands of NZ with approximately 76% of NZ’s population living there. Several important cities are in the North Island, notably the largest city, Auckland, and Wellington, the capital, located at the southern extremity of the island in the North Island.
Geographic attractions include: Cape Reinga, Cook Strait, Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, Waikato River and Ninety Mile Beach. The North Island is less mountainous than the South, but is marked by volcanism. The tallest North Island mountain, Mount Ruapehu, 2,797m is an active volcano. New Zealand has a well established superyacht industry centred mainly in the Auckland, Whangarei and the Bay of Islands regions, and comprises various world class superyacht builders, refit yards and an ancillary industry built up over many years providing visiting superyachts with necessary services.
Hosting of past America’s Cup regattas has further refined the NZ superyacht industry. A superyacht visiting Auckland will find every service they could possibly require being available. Cruising experiences in the North Island are numerous and varied and will provide superyacht visitors with a rewarding experience. The Bay of Islands is a favourite cruising area in the North Island providing spectacular cruising in this large protected bay dotted with the many islands that provide its name.
Of particular note is Great Barrier Island that offers excellent fishing, diving and cruising possibilities. Other highlights of cruising New Zealand include the capital Wellington and, across Cook Strait, picturesque Picton and the Marlborough Sounds.
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