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The following are just a selection of yachts that are either based in New Zealand or cruising through the Southern Ocean as part of a round- the- world tour. SALPERTON IV 45m/ 147' 6, Fitzroy Yachts, 2009 A fast cruising sloop, Salperton IV is a low profile, fast, sleek sailing yacht. Built in New Zealand by Fitzroy Yachts, and designed by Dubois Naval Architects, with an interior by Adam Lay Studios, she boasts a distinctive pedigree. She has been built for fast sailing, but without compromising the ultimate comforts. She boasts ample deck space for lounging and a spacious interior with accommodations for eight guests in an owner's suite and three generous guest cabins, one of which converts to a gym. MYSTERY 34.3m/ 112' 5, Nautor Swan, 2000 Powerful, bold performance combines with elegance and classic styling aboard Mystery. Designed for blue water cruising and racing in ultimate safety and comfort, her graceful lines and sleek elegance are a testament to centuries of shipbuilding tradition in Finland. Mystery is the ideal choice for spectacular cruising under sail. Sleeping eight guests in four cabins, she has a magnificent interior offering superb facilities for stylish entertaining, complimented by a world- class crew. ( www. moko. co. nz) located at Hot Water Beach about three hours drive away from Auckland is a must visit gallery. The combination of excellent cuisine and quality outdoor lifestyle have become the motto of Auckland, and the city boasts a plethora of well- being centres. Some of the best include the Chuan Spa, located at the Langham Hotel ( www. chuanspa. co. nz); Mollies ( www. mollies. co. nz); the Isis spa ( www. isisspa. co. nz) and the Tamara spa ( www. tamaraspa. co. nz), all of which provide an excellent range of treatments and pampering facilities. Auckland is also the gateway to the 144 islands and secluded bays of the Bay of Islands. The archipelago has attracted sailors from around the world for hundreds of years with their sheltered anchorages and temperate climate. Cruise around the sleepy bays and protected inlets of the Coromandel Peninsula dominated by the National Forest Park with its spectacular hills and rain forest, or head north from North Shore Point, to reach the region of Whangaparoa, along the Hibiscus Coast up to Cape Leigh, where the magnificent and lush green hills drop down to long sweeping stretches of golden sandy beaches. The Highway of the Two Oceans can then take you across to the Tasman Sea, where black sand beaches such as Waitakere - as featured in the award winning Jane Campion film The Piano - are abounding. And then there is the capital of North Island, Wellington. Located in the south of the island, the city is a cultural hot spot with numerous galleries, opera and ballet. Alternatively, South Island has a character all of its own. Home to Queenstown, the country's adventure capital, and the Marlborough Sounds, it promises idyllic cruising surrounded by glorious mountain landscapes. The country of " the long white cloud", as New Zealand is often referred to, may seem to be located at the end of the world, but as the latter keeps shrinking, it is also a country to watch out for when it comes to the future of yachting. Redevelopment plans are under way in Auckland to revamp the marina - which is already the largest in the southern Hemisphere - in order to cater better to the needs of superyachts. In a few years' time, the entire piece of land from Auckland's own Harbour Bridge down to Viaduct Harbour will be given a new look, with more berths for superyachts, an improved refit and maintenance area combined with a complex of luxury housing, hotels and facilities to offer additional support services to yachts coming to the region. ¦ For further information on the Sea+ City project, visit www. seacity. co. nz or visit the Integrated Marine Group at www. integratedmarinegroup. com. Special thanks to New Zealand Trade & Enterprise for their assistance and support in developing this feature. Clothing supplied by Trelise Cooper, World and Sabantini. Visit www. trelisecopper. com, www. worldbrand. co. nz, and www. sabatini. co. nz. lifeafloat AUTUMN 2009I sea& iI59

60Isea& iIAUTUMN 2009 Boutique retreats are abound in New Zealand, but there is one very special place in the Gulf of Hurakia that stands out from the crowd. Set high on a hill on a private island, only minutes away from downtown Auckland, Hurakia Lodge is a small piece of paradise that can be only be accessed by private yacht or helicopter Garden of Eden H auraki Lodge is located on the privately owned Rakino Island - a rugged and hilly island in the Hauraki Gulf just a stones throw from the bustling city of Auckland to one side and Waiheke Island to the other. Only six minutes from Auckland by helicopter and 35 minutes by boat, the privately owned Hurakia Lodge is set amongst 20 acres with spectacular 360 degree views over the surrounding island and Gulf. With its own private access to a sheltered jetty, the Lodge is the perfect base for exploring the surrounding aforementioned vineyards of Cable Bay and Destina Bay, or simply staying on the island with its many activities including kayaking, fishing and mountain bik-ing, amongst others. Built to the highest architectural stan-dards, the Lodge is 100% self sufficient with its own integrated rainwater collection system and solar panelling. The design is a testimony to open contemporary architecture that seamlessly blends into nature while offering the quality facilities of the most luxurious resorts. Natural colours, a variety of local mate-rials, including several different woods, ensures that the prop-erty blends seamlessly with its surroundings. The Lodge accom-modates 10 guests five double bedrooms with ensuite bath-rooms, spacious indoor and outdoor living areas including pool, sauna and spa, and a personal chef and host. ¦ For more information visit www. hurakia. com hurakia lodge