Ataahua Sailing Experiences

Ataahua … truly a ‘beautiful’ vision

a breeze in the sails, glorious sunshine, breathtaking Bay of Islands’ scenery, gourmet food and so much more …

A breeze in the sails

Ataahua Bay of Islands Sailing experience skipper Ian FarrantAtaahua is a state of the art, Bavaria Vision 42 yacht launched in February 2018.

We cater for the discerning guest who is looking for personalised and exclusive sailing experiences in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand.

Designed by the acclaimed New Zealander, Bruce Farr, Ataahua performs really well under sail. We therefore encourage and are delighted when our guests wish to take the helm and help with other aspects of crewing. However, if sitting back and simply enjoying the experience is more your style then that is just fine too!

As Ataahua’s owners and hosts, we promise that you will enjoy a very personalised, luxury on-water experience. With a maximum of four guests, our focus is to create a truly memorable Bay of Islands sailing experience for you.

Ian & Fran Farrant

Let us welcome you aboard for an Ataahua personalised sailing experience

  • 10.00 am appx | Complimentary pick up or board Ataahua*
  • Depart Opua aboard Ataahua | Morning tea served
  • 12.30 pm | Anchor for lunch, swim, snorkel, walk ashore (optional)
  •   2.30 pm | Depart anchorage | Afternoon tea served
  •   4.00 pm appx | Arrive back in Opua

*When requesting a reservation please advise where you will be staying so we can confirm boarding location and time. We offer a complimentary transfer service to the Bay of Islands Marina for guests staying in the immediate Opua/Paihia area. Alternatively guests may self-drive or have private transfer to the Bay of Islands Marine. We also can pick up at Russell Wharf for guests staying on the other side of the bay.

Ataahua's bimini protects the cockpit from UV and a little splash or two!Glorious sunshine

New Zealand summers often mean glorious sunshine and what better place to enjoy than on the water. However, our UV can be dangerous. Ataahua therefore has a wonderful ‘bimini’ which covers the full cockpit area and which means guests can safely enjoy the sun, sea and breeze.

Ataahua also has a fantastic drop-down boarding/swim platform from which guests will be able to cool off with a swim or perhaps go snorkeling to see what lies beneath.

Breathtaking Bay of Islands’ scenery

The Bay of Islands in New Zealand’s northern most region is said to be some of the most beautiful cruising water in the world. What better place for Ataahua (Maori for beautiful) to welcome you aboard. Wonderful scenery, the thrill of being on the water, coupled with authentic history and stories retold by your hosts.

Gourmet lunch platter aboard your Ataahua Bay of Islands sailing experienceGourmet food

Being on the water naturally creates wonderful appetites and we therefore provide a gourmet lunch platter together with morning and afternoon tea.

Gourmet Lunch Platter (sample menu)
Chicken with coriander & lime in a creamy mayonnaise, delicately hot smoked salmon chunks, a range of cold cuts, creamy egg mayonnaise with chives, buttered new potatoes (served hot), garlic prawns (served hot), finger size corn on the cob (served hot), seasoned tomatoes, marinated zucchini & aubergine in a lemon oil with basil & parsley, a selection of fine cheeses, pickles, relishes, dried & fresh fruits. All served with warm bread rolls and a selection of craft biscuits accompanied by a range of fine New Zealand wines, featuring local Kerikeri vineyard, Marsden Estate.

And so much more

Listen to stories of the early pioneers, enjoy helming Ataahua, relax in the breathtaking scenery, enjoy a trip ashore and a short walk, swim, snorkel or simply relax aboard. The choice is yours. All you have to do is bring your swimsuit, sunglasses, a hat, sunscreen and something warm to put on in case it turns chilly and simply leave the rest to us.

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Ataahua is committed to environmental sustainability

Sea Cleaners
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