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Guest Blog by Glen Coulton, She's a Lady Yacht Charters, Bay of Islands

A Day Sailing trip on She’s A Lady in the Bay of Islands gives you a unique opportunity to explore and enjoy this amazing area.

The Bay of Islands and it’s Maritime park are world renown for it’s sheltered waters, great sailing conditions, plentiful marine life and beautiful islands. You’ll always find a calm bay, clear water and somewhere to go ashore and wander. Captain Cook enjoyed the area so much he spent 6 days anchoring up here to relax and restock his ship. Other’s to follow included the whalers and early settlers, attracted by the beauty and snug harbours.

She’s A Lady’s Island Sailing Adventure not only gives you the chance to sail, help out and learn the ropes but also experience a few other water based activities. We cater for all ages and attract friendly people that want to have a fun day. The day starts by sailing out to the main island group to find an anchorage in a sheltered bay. You’ll have heaps of shore time to kayak, swim, snorkel and take a walk to check out some amazing views. You won’t go hungry either as we provide a picnic style lunch to be enjoyed on the beach. During the day we often encounter dolphins, penguins and other marine life plus with a little luck you may hook a fish as we tow a lure behind while under sail.

On top of all this, your skipper/guide will not only fill you in on finer arts of sailing and the sea but explain a little about the history of the Bay and other points of interest. 

 

Glacier Country

Glacier Country - A magical and magnificent place.

We have just spent the most amazing time in the Glacier Country in the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

This area of New Zealand can truly be described as Magnificent. The beauty is something that can only be experienced by being there. It envelopes itself all around and through you and brings a feeling of wonder and calmness to the sole.

The Franz Joseph Glacier and Fox Glacier townships are also rocking little villages and hives of activity with so much to do. There are Glacier hikes, Glacier helicopter flights, amazing walks everywhere, stunning reflective lakes, hot pools, kiwi educational centres, great restaurants and café’s and really lovely people all having an amazing time.

The whole area is covered with dense beautiful rain forest – New Zealand native bush.  Just one step off the road anywhere and it looks like a totally landscaped garden covered in moss, ferns, beautiful canopy and filled with beautiful little inquisitive birds like the New Zealand Fantail. It is dense and would be easy to get lost though, so it’s a good idea to go on known tracks and not to go too many steps off the trails.

The wonderful thing about New Zealand bush is that there are no poisonous or dangerous animals like many other places in the world. It is a safe place to go to experience the wonder of nature without worrying about any nasty little or big surprises.

The glaciers themselves are amazing sights of nature at its grandest. There are ice faces over 100 feet tall and amazing turquoise blue perfectly clear ice melt ponds in summer. The helicopter flights are an amazing way to see them up close and the unique features like huge waterfalls that disappear under the ice.

Watch the video for Glacier Country to see a glimpse of what there is to see and do and start planning to go there to truly experience it for yourself. 

Franz Joseph Glacier large cracks

Lake Matheson bush walk Franz Joseph

Glacier Country bush hike Lake Matheson

 

Scuba Diving in New Zealand

An awesome location with a hugely diverse range of experiences

The whole country of New Zealand is surrounded by pure unpolluted oceans with many different temperatures and geographical structures offering a wide variety of spectacular unique dive sites to discover.

New Zealand, being an island nation in the south Pacific, has been isolated from the rest of the world for over 80 Million years! giving rise to an extraordinary array of native underwater species of plant, animal and fish life.

The fish are prolific, seafood plentiful and the unpolluted waters clear in most conditions.

Plan your diving holiday by visiting top dive sites right around the country where experienced operators can help make your diving holiday an easy and relaxing, as well as an exciting and safe experience you will never forget.

Sailing in New Zealand

Some of the best sailing in the world is found in this spectacular country.

New Zealand is like nowhere else on earth when it comes to sailing.

With over 15,000 kms of pristine coastline, a unique and diverse range of sailing areas, great sailors, friendly people, succulent local produce and cuisine, you are certain to have an amazing time on the water. New Zealander’s know what they’re doing when it comes to boats, having won all the world’s major Sailing Race titles and not only that, also building the yachts that do it!

The Bay of Islands, Hauraki Gulf and Marlborough Sounds are our most famous sailing grounds. Although other places worth exploring include the Coromandel Peninsular, Akaroa, Fiordland and Stewart Island to name a few. 

You have many options, including joining a yacht for a leisurely Day Sail, becoming part of the crew on a fully wicked America’s Cup race yacht, to chartering your own boat to experience extended coastal cruising with you in charge or sitting back while others do the work on a fully crewed and catering yacht charter. Many places you’ll visit are only accessible by water and this gives you more opportunity to explore where other can’t. But it’s not only about the sailing as other activities, such as kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkelling and fishing make up what’s on offer as part of a tour or included with your yacht. What more could you want.

So, check out what is on offer……you’ll be more than delighted of the adventures that await you.  

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