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Our partners, MML add pool and Jacuzzi to Arctic P

21 June 2015
Our partners, MML, have recently completed an extensive refit of explorer yacht, Arctic P. 

MML have successfully supported another extensive refit on Arctic P. Work included the addition of a hidden pool, jacuzzi and table which create a flush deck when not in use. 

MML have played a pivotal role in the recently completed refit on Arctic P. The seven month refit began in October and was carried out at the Navantia Shipyard in Cartagena, Spain. 

The work saw a complete refit of the bridge, engine control room and galley, the installation of new, and significantly more fuel-efficient propellers, as a well as a major overhaul of the 88-metre explorer yacht's beach club. That included the installation of a swimming pool, jacuzzi and a dining table to make the space an entertaining hub of the yacht.



When not in use the pool, jacuzzi and dining table stow flush to the deck so the beach club presents as a clean flat teak deck, allowing it to be used as an expansive entertaining area. 

At the touch of selected buttons the glass bottom of the pool and teak bottom of the jacuzzi sink into the deck and the spaces then fill with water. On the other side of the beach club the dining table rises from the deck in two sections; a smaller round section to which an additional section can be added to form a large oval table and which allows for the accommodation of varying dinner party sizes. The whole deck conversion can be completed in less than five minutes. 

With young children often onboard as guests, safety is a key concern of the owner. MML set about creating a removable railing, the latest in a series of technical innovations the company has created for Arctic P, which separates the jacuzzi and pool area from the rest of the deck space when in use. With the pool and jacuzzi in the flush-to-deck, stowed position the railings can be completely removed to re-establish a clear deck space. 

”Working in partnership with Arctic P’s captain and crew over the years has enabled MML to fully understand their specific requirements for each refit or period in maintenance. We can then do our utmost - through careful planning, preparation and negotiation - to ensure all work is completed to a high standard with minimum impact on the yacht’s cruising schedule whilst striving to achieve best value for money for their comprehensive work packages” says Matt Liddell, MML technical manager. 

MML's involvement in this refit is part of an ongoing relationship between Arctic P and the company which stretches back to 2008.

The specialist marine engineering consultants and project managers work with large yacht captains and crew to manage their technical requirements - routine or otherwise - throughout the yacht’s life. This through-life asset management means MML has an enduring attachment to the yacht, thereby understanding the unique challenges of each vessel. They then work with yacht management and crew to maximise opportunities within the yacht’s cruising schedule for maintenance, upgrades and surveys through careful  planning and the use of global yards. 
MML have recently entered into a partnership with Asia Pacific Superyachts (NZ) to provide a technical and refit management option for their many clients, from the company’s base in Auckland. 

Second edition print run of Superyacht Explorer planned

01 June 2015
Following a hugely positive response to the first print run in 2013, a second edition of theSuperyacht Explorer book is now planned. The second print run will encompass anadded section on the region's best dive spots and underwater world.
Second edition print run of Superyacht Explorer planned
Created by a collective of Asia-Pacific based agents and companies, the book was developed as a showcase of all that the region has to offer visiting superyachts. The Asia-Pacific region’s biggest asset – the distance from the rest of the
world that allows for unspoilt beauty and uncrowded cruising grounds – is also its biggest challenge. Understanding this, and recognising that joint efforts would reap wider rewards, the group of agents got together to proactively create a resource that would help sell the region and demonstrate just why  superyachts should visit it.

This ensuing joint Superyacht Explorer campaign provided an inspiring, visual guide to the best of the Asia-Pacific, including tantalising imagery and sample itineraries from each expert agent. Working under the tagline that ‘the Asia Pacific is one of the last havens of untouched cruising in the world’ the group of agents set out to proactively showcase the destination, working together to promote both their individual countries and the region as a whole.

Contact Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand today for a copy, or visitSuperyachtExplorer.com

Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier

01 June 2015
Located on the east coast of the North Island, Hawkes Bay is an easy hour flight from Auckland, with connections to all major ports. As New Zealand's oldest and second biggest wine region, wine lovers will particularly enjoy the wide range of vineyards and red wines including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah .There are plenty of activities on offer too, from scenic walks to beaches, culture, golf and water activities.

Beautiful Napier, located south of the Hawke's Bay, is another must do. Having suffered an earthquake in 1931, and been rebuilt in the Art Deco style of the time, Napier now has the highest concentration of inner-city Art Deco buildings in the world.

Here are our top recommendations for your time in the region:

Luxury Accommodation

As is the case throughout New Zealand, the region has some beautiful accommodation options, with our pick beingThe Farm at Cape Kidnappers for those looking for a relaxed luxury vibe in stunning surroundings. To experience Napier, why not try a night at the Art Deco Hotel Napier?

Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Art Deco Tour | Napier

See the full beauty of Napier by taking an Art Deco tour around the highlights of the City. The architecture is a beautiful combination of the Art Deco style popular in the 1930s and local Maori symbols and artwork. Make sure you visit the Pania statue on Marine Parade, which is a popular tourist landmark and New Zealand's answer to Copenhagen's statue of The Little Mermaid.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Wineries

No visit to Hawkes Bay would be complete without sampling some of the region's world renowned wines. With over 100 years of wine making history, and a similar climate to Bordeaux, the wines have been refined over generations. Grapes of note are Merlot, Cabernet Suavignon, Syrahs and complex Chardonnays. Enjoy the Wine Trail to take in some of more than 70 wineries located in the area. 
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Gannets!

As well as being home to a host of wildlife, Hawkes Bay boasts the world's largest gannet colony, located on the top of Cape Kidnappers cheer cliffs. Make a day trip of it, and visit the colony on a 4WD tour or by tractor ride along the beach, or better still take your own picnic set up to enjoy.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Cycling

The area has a huge variety of cycle routes, for all ages and abilities. Take in the stunning surroundings, and explore the region. Why not combine cycling and wine with a Winery Cycle Tour with a tour around the Gimblett Gravels area, know for its rich red wines?
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu

You what? It's actually a place name... the world's longest in fact. The Maori name for a hill in the south of Hawkes Bay, roughly translated it means '
"The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the slider, climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one". Pay a visit to Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu so you can lay claim to having visited the place with the world's longest name.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Watch the first sunrise

Enjoy one of life's simple pleasures and enjoy the sunrise. Hawkes Bay is on the first coast to see the sun each morning, you will literally be welcoming the day before the rest of the world.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier

Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier

31 May 2015
Located on the east coast of the North Island, Hawkes Bay is an easy hour flight from Auckland, with connections to all major ports. As New Zealand's oldest and second biggest wine region, wine lovers will particularly enjoy the wide range of vineyards and red wines including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah .There are plenty of activities on offer too, from scenic walks to beaches, culture, golf and water activities.

Beautiful Napier, located south of the Hawke's Bay, is another must do. Having suffered an earthquake in 1931, and been rebuilt in the Art Deco style of the time, Napier now has the highest concentration of inner-city Art Deco buildings in the world.

Here are our top recommendations for your time in the region:

Luxury Accommodation

As is the case throughout New Zealand, the region has some beautiful accommodation options, with our pick beingThe Farm at Cape Kidnappers for those looking for a relaxed luxury vibe in stunning surroundings. To experience Napier, why not try a night at the Art Deco Hotel Napier?

Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Art Deco Tour | Napier

See the full beauty of Napier by taking an Art Deco tour around the highlights of the City. The architecture is a beautiful combination of the Art Deco style popular in the 1930s and local Maori symbols and artwork. Make sure you visit the Pania statue on Marine Parade, which is a popular tourist landmark and New Zealand's answer to Copenhagen's statue of The Little Mermaid.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Wineries

No visit to Hawkes Bay would be complete without sampling some of the region's world renowned wines. With over 100 years of wine making history, and a similar climate to Bordeaux, the wines have been refined over generations. Grapes of note are Merlot, Cabernet Suavignon, Syrahs and complex Chardonnays. Enjoy the Wine Trail to take in some of more than 70 wineries located in the area. 
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Gannets!

As well as being home to a host of wildlife, Hawkes Bay boasts the world's largest gannet colony, located on the top of Cape Kidnappers cheer cliffs. Make a day trip of it, and visit the colony on a 4WD tour or by tractor ride along the beach, or better still take your own picnic set up to enjoy.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Cycling

The area has a huge variety of cycle routes, for all ages and abilities. Take in the stunning surroundings, and explore the region. Why not combine cycling and wine with a Winery Cycle Tour with a tour around the Gimblett Gravels area, know for its rich red wines?
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu

You what? It's actually a place name... the world's longest in fact. The Maori name for a hill in the south of Hawkes Bay, roughly translated it means '
"The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the slider, climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one". Pay a visit to Taumatawhakatangihangakoauauotamateaturipukakapikimaungahoronukupokaiwhenuakitanatahu so you can lay claim to having visited the place with the world's longest name.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier
Watch the first sunrise

Enjoy one of life's simple pleasures and enjoy the sunrise. Hawkes Bay is on the first coast to see the sun each morning, you will literally be welcoming the day before the rest of the world.
Spotlight on: Hawkes Bay & Napier

Sports a plenty in Autumn and Winter

30 May 2015
We're a passionate bunch us Kiwis when it comes to sport, and with Winter nearly here there is a plethora of sporting events in the calendar. No visit to New Zealand would be complete without watching the mighty All Blacks playing on home soil, so get to a game! With the 2015 Rugby World Cup not far away, the All Blacks will be looking to be on top form as they prepare to defend their title as World Cup Champions. A top game will be the Bledisloe Cup Aussie vs NZ at Eden Park on 15 August.Click here for a full list of All Blacks fixtures.
Sports a plenty in Autumn and Winter
Other sporting must-do's include the FIFA U20 World Cup, which began on 30 May and runs until 20 June. With games held all around New Zealand, there's no excuse not to catch some live football action.Tickets here.
Sports a plenty in Autumn and Winter
For a combination of sport and entertainment, theAMEX Queenstown Winter Festival is 10 days of winter sports action from 19-29 June with sports, festivals, comedy, live music and more. Queenstown has heaps on offer and is an easy flight down from Auckland [see our full destination guide to Queenstown here ]
Sports a plenty in Autumn and Winter

 
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