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New Zealand’s New Superyacht Refit Destination

03 March 2017

With New Zealand being the South Pacific Super Yacht hub for both refits and cruising, more vessels are feeling confident from many years of talk from fellow owners and captains to head to the southern hemisphere. Although many people outside of New Zealand believe Auckland is the only city for vessels to come to, this is becoming less of a “must go” place.  Whangarei, a city 2 hours north of Auckland, is opening its doors to the world of superyachts as an entrance to Northland and the Bay of Islands in New Zealand. Here in New Zealand, we believe that the whole world is situated in just our small country, and this all starts at the top in Northland and Whangarei.


Although this is a relatively unknown city of the world, Asia Pacific Superyachts New Zealand has seen the potential and opened a new office in Whangarei. Led by Karma Butler, an ex crew member, APS NZ has taken off already with a handful of vessels coming to Whangarei. Through this office, APS NZ is able to offer both refits and cruising opportunities for many different vessels. “When compared with Auckland, Whangarei is much more cost effective” says Butler. “Although, for many people, cheaper means not as good, this is not the case for Whangarei. This slower pace environment, offers a different style whilst upholding the best of New Zealand’s expertise and craftsmanship”, Butler continues, “All of the yards are in one area, there are no traffic issues, you’re right on the doorstep of the beautiful Northland beaches and the people are extremely friendly. Whangarei and Northland are not high rise cities and have a more relaxed and “beachy” lifestyle.”


New Zealand and Auckland in particular is a common destination for some of the best refits in the world and Whangarei is no exception. “With a variety of different shipyards some of which specialise in heavy engineering and large refits including a 2000 tonne capacity slipway as well as 40 tonne slipway, we can cater to it all. There are also sheltered berths of 120m, 67m and 36m, complete with a crane” reports Duthie Lidgard, Managing Director of APS NZ. With a large amount of knowledge surrounding Whangarei and Northland, Butler continues to explain that “Port Whangarei, is home to one of New Zealand’s largest travel lifts with it’s capacity being 100 tonne, with a maximum beam of 10 metres, that can do monohull or multihull, sail or motor vessels, as well as all tide access, wash down pads along with access to extensive hardstand or refit sheds, its an ideal place to come.” Contractors include only the best interior fit out services, superyacht paint companies and full marine engineering services, all of whom have workshops on site. There are two main marinas used for docking vessels: Marsden Cove Marina, which can take vessels up to 44m within the marina and Whangarei Marina which is the closest to the town centre and can take vessels up to 20m with a 3m draft. 


As a city, Whangarei offers a wide range of world class options for refits and is the ideal place to bring your vessel to refit and then to use as a base for cruising and chartering, as well as an entrance to the rest of the Northland which offers a wide range of activities for everyone. “Not only is Northland extremely beautiful, but it has some fantastic cuisine, great adventures and activities and allows you to immerse yourself completely into the New Zealand culture,” Reports Butler. With trips such as travelling to the top of New Zealand, Cape Reinga where the Pacific Ocean meets the Tasman Sea, to sand surfing down the Ahipara dunes, Northland offers it all.  From Whangarei you have easy access to the Poor Knights Islands where some of the best diving in the world occurs allowing you to see just some of what New Zealand has to offer. With beautiful water falls, Maori culture and the Waipoua Forest to explore the ancient Kauri forests, Whangarei allows this to happen for you easily, along with great fishing off the coast, white sandy beaches and surf. With a wide range of luxury accommodations, APS NZ are able to accommodate all that you desire to create an itinerary unique and special to you. Butler continues “Whangarei is the new Auckland, allowing not only world class refits, but world class treatment and experiences without the hustle, bustle and expense of the Auckland city life.”


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Are you visa aware?

23 November 2015

With the influx of superyachts and crew into New Zealand, a frequent query amongst captains and crew alike is about what needs to be done to get New Zealand visas.

Unfortunately, there is no 'superyacht visa' as such, so there is need to ensure that  crew and owners arrive under correct visa conditions for their time in New Zealand.

This requirement also affects any outside contractors coming to work onboard the vessel - especially those who fly regularly all over the world to work on superyachts in transit.

Airlines are also tightening their requirements, with yacht crew members without requisite visas being refused onto flights on one-way ticket despite being on an official crew list!

Our best advice is to contact us for information about visas to ensure the correct path is followed. Most visas are easily obtained once you supply correct paperwork. Visas can be applied for offshore, also with many VAC's dotted around the world/Pacific.

Buying ship spares in NZ - import or shop local?

21 October 2015
A trend is emerging with the influx of superyachts to New Zealand. The popularity of ordering ship spares off shore and importing them into New Zealand as 'Ships Spares in Transit'.

Despite numerous yacht chandleries and service agents around Auckland (and NZ), most visiting superyachts order ship spares from USA/Europe. Currently, ship spares can be imported into New Zealand under the vessels TIE(Temporary Import Entry) ensuring no tax or duties are paid.

Many of the crew have dealt with particular overseas marine companies throughout their career and are guaranteed familiarity, competitive pricing and fast delivery to where ever they maybe in the world, or possibly management companies dictate where ship spares must be purchased.

However incoming 'ship spares in transit' are now being scrutinized by NZ customs with vessels in the past ordering non spares(toiletries/personal goods/soft furnishing/paint) and claiming them under ship spares. This delays spares coming into NZ as many packages are now manually checked. In high season(Jan-March) we can expect up to a 3 week delay to clear some ship spares & have been cautioned by Customs that should the trend continue, each shipment will be physically checked. If one item is not an actual 'ships spare' the whole shipment will incur both duty & GST.

We regularly price check and compare prices in NZ/off shore. Yes there is a difference especially against the US/NZ$ however the difference is often the cost of freight & clearance by the customs agent of the goods into New Zealand.

We offer up to 40% discount on many shelf items in NZ directly from the importer/distributor in New Zealand. We don't charge GST on ship spares & the product is available to you now and you don't have to pay freight or clearance fees.  

So if you’re thinking of ordering bulk parts & consumables to New Zealand, get us to quote prior & don’t be caught having to pay duty & gst because you’ve included toilet paper in your shipment!!

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


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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.

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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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