• Challenger Series Sailing Experience



The sparkling waters of the Hauraki Gulf are once again providing a spectacular backdrop to the excitement and action of international yacht racing. We still have dates available for the Challenger semi finals and finals only.

Price: $2900 for exclusive hire

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We think you’ll agree the best way to take in all the drama of this incredible sporting event is to join us for a fun day out on the water aboard our 41-foot catamaran, the Pacific Star. Starting with lunch and a swim or some sunbathing, we will then make our way to the day’s allocated race course for an exciting afternoon experiencing the thrill of live racing – the only way to get closer to the action is to join a racing team!

Regardless of whether you’re an expert sailor or just an avid enthusiast of the spectacle, this is the ideal experience for groups of friends, or for you and your clients or incentive groups (max group size 12).

Departing at 11am from Matiatia, Waiheke Island (racing is at approx 4 – 6pm) every race day, returning to Matiatia after racing is completed at 7 – 7.30pm, depending on which course is being used.

  • 29 Jan – 2 Feb 2021: Prada Challenger Semi Finals
  • 13 – 22 Feb 2021: Prada Challenger Finals


  • Your booking entitles you to bring a group of up to 11 others (total group size 12) and gives you exclusive use of the yacht for the duration of your experience.
  • Your charter includes two crew (yacht captain and host).
  • Catered delicious lunch including local produce
  • Snacks, water, hot drinks
  • Bottles of local wine available for purchase

Not included

  • Ferry to/from Waiheke (tickets can be purchased from us)

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun glasses, hat, sunscreen
  • Water
  • Raincoat (depending on forecast)

Special conditions

  1. There will be either a full refund in the event of cancellation of the races prior to departure or you may book the next available date depending on your preference and availability.
  2. There will be no refund if racing is cancelled once the boat has left the dock.
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  • I did the Art Walk on Waiheke last weekend and really enjoyed it. Michael and Justine, our guides, were friendly and enthusiastic about the island and its many artists. We visited the art gallery and other art storefronts, but they also brought us to the homes of various artists who I would not have known to visit on my own, and we had lunch at the beautiful home of artist Gabriella Lewenz. On top of all this we did quite a bit of walking. Michael also gave me lots of ideas for other activities while on the island, which I really appreciated.

    Art Walk – 5 stars

  • We took the Art Walk yesterday with Michael from Terra & Tide. It was such an enriching day. Michael introduced us to the artists, who were very happy to chat about their work, but were not at all pushy. We really enjoyed the stimulating conversations about creating art and the creative process. Lunch at Gabriella’s was relaxing, welcoming and delicious. We would highly recommend this unique experience.

    Art Walk – 5 stars

  • Beautiful walk around Waiheke Island. My guide was great. She quickly assessed my fitness level and tailored the walk to what was just right for me. She pointed out the native plants and told me the history and some of the medicinal purposes. We stopped in at a few shops and galleries meeting artists and some of the local islanders. Lunch was purchased at one of the shops which was healthy and perfect for the day.

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  • I had the opportunity to do the Double Headland Coastal Walk – it was an amazing trek through local bush as well as opportunity to see stunning vistas, both across the coast as well as inland. My guide was a joy and made sure I got the most of the out walk and tailored it based on my interests. I would highly recommend this walk for anyone who likes hikes that are a little challenging but also offer unforgettable sights.

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