Award winning shore support service provider

Contact Duthie Lidgard Managing Director +64 21 409 802

Let's talk itineraries

21 September 2015

If you are thinking of chartering in New Zealand take advantage of the Monaco Yacht Show for a catch up with Duthie to discuss all that New Zealand has to offer and go through a raft of itinerary possibilities. For food for thought see why the Mayer family, owners of M/Y The Big Blue, found New Zealand a highlight of their world tour – watch the video interview here. We are proud to have looked after a host of superyachts and provided them with unique experiences for both their owners and charter guests.

For more food for thought visit our Destination New Zealand guide.


Traditional Poi dance


APSNZ finalist in 2015 Westpac Business Excellence Awards

18 September 2015

We are very proud that Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand has been announced as a finalist in the 2015 Westpac Business Excellence Awards, an annual event which takes place all over New Zealand and celebrates the best of Kiwi businesses.


Up against prestigious competition APSNZ was selected as one of just three finalists out of 450 entries. “Being named a finalist is a huge testament to all the company has achieved since its foundation in 2004,” says Duthie Lidgard, Managing Director of APSNZ. This latest honour is a long line in accodales awarded to the agency to date, including a listing within ‘Top Three Agents Worldwide’ by visiting yacht Captains and ‘Best Service Provider’ by yacht crew worldwide. The agency is also QUALMARKED and operates as an Inbound Tour Operator. The winners for the 2015 Westpac Business Excellence Awards will be announced on Wednesday 11 November 2015.

See APSNZ at Monaco Yacht Show

18 September 2015

Make sure you make a time to meet us at the Monaco Yacht Show to talk over all the ways we can help to make your New Zealand experience a memorable one. We'll be onsite with agents from throughout the region, and we're looking forward to helping you get the best out of your time in the Asia Pacific, ready to help you get your new season planning underway. See us at QH28 Quai de L’Hirondelle.

To arrange a meeting email



Full service offering from ASPNZ

18 September 2015

Building relationships is central to everything we do and our team is our most important asset. We are not just agents and have have a full-service offering, also providing luxury tourism services, project management and owner’s rep support for new builds and refits, as well as running a full parts division. As part of the Asia Pacific Superyachts group we have a strong network throughout the Asia Pacific region, and serve yachts cruising the Pacific as well as here at home in New Zealand. Meet the team below...

Meet the team

Duthie Lidgard - Director, Project Management, Refit & Services

As a former superyacht captain, Duthie has had first hand experience of the fast-pace and demands of the industry. Using his yachting knowledge, Duthie leads the refit and services division of APSNZ as well as managing the company’s custom uniform arm Uniform Shelf. 


Janice Lynch - Yacht Support Manager & Itineraries

The go to for all shore support Janice is the lynch-pin (excuse the pun!) of all our agency work. With the end goal of making every visiting yacht’s stay seamless, there is no problem too big or small that Janice can’t solve. Janice also dreams up and plans the logistics of yacht itineraries.



Jeanette Tobin - Director & Luxury Tourism

Founder of Asia Pacific Superyachts, Jeanette heads up APSNZ’s luxury tourism arm, creating incredible bespoke experiences for visiting yachts thanks to an unrivalled list of contacts throughout New Zealand.





Shifting Kiwi dollar means now's the time to build, refit and cruise in New Zealand

21 August 2015


Superyacht Refit

Over the past few years, New Zealand’s strong economy meant that the Kiwi dollar climbed against its cousins, even coming close to reaching parity with the Australian dollar for what would have been the first time in history in April 2015. Understandably, this had a negative effect for many Kiwi superyacht companies, who lost their long-standing pricing advantage over their competition, particularly in areas such as Europe and North America.

But, in recent months the Kiwi dollar has seen a weakening that will have the country’s exporters jumping for joy. The New Zealand economy remains as vibrant as the country’s exciting yachting scene. However, the inherent volatility of the New Zealand currency means that right now in globally less-certain times many of New Zealand’s traditional yachting customers, across Asia, the USA and Europe, whose currency is relatively now quite strong, will find New Zealand a cost-effective place to visit, build and refit in.

Money Graphic

With the NZD now at a six-year low against the US dollar, there has never been a better time for those considering visiting, refitting or building in New Zealand to take action. Talking numbers, this means that compared to a year ago in August 2014 the New Zealand dollar will go almost 25 per cent further for those investing from offshore. Unsurprisingly, build and refit slots are likely to come under increased demand.

"The dropping New Zealand dollar and volatile currency is making the country more attractive than ever for vessels cruising in, or buying from New Zealand,” says Jeanette Tobin of Asia Pacific Superyachts NZ. “We've also been working non-stop through winter with key suppliers to ensure we get you the best deals and an uninterrupted supply chain."

Speak to us, or one of our refit partners at the Monaco Yacht Show about what New Zealand can offer you. As well as working as agents APSNZ also undertakes both new build and refit project management work and acts as owner’s representatives. We are proud to be working as owner’s agents on New Zealand’s biggest new build, 50m YN1016.

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