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5 Places to go Sailing in New Zealand

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“A sailor is an artist whose medium is the wind.” – Webb Chiles.

With more coastline than mainland USA, there’s so much to explore on New Zealand’s waters. Get a different perspective of the unreal scenery by quietly gliding along the water. Sailing options are plentiful for all levels and budget, so we backpackers can get a taste of the high life too!

If you are more into cruising than sailing, check out: 10 Stunning Backpacker Cruises in New Zealand. Or something a little more intense in: 7 Places to Jet Boat in New Zealand.

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1. Bay of Islands

There are 144 islands to be explored! In this region, you simply have to get out on the water. With any luck, you’ll encounter a dolphin pod.

Location: North Island
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2. Lake Taupo

Do waves make your stomach turn? There’s the peaceful sailing option of Lake Taupo, New Zealand’s largest lake. Be sure to see the Maori carvings on the rock face while you are there.

Location: North Island
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3. Auckland

It is, after all, the “City of Sails”. You have a wide selection of sailing from an intense America’s Cup Sailing tour to a harbour dinner cruise.

Location: North Island
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4. Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman is made of crystal clear water and golden sand beaches; a paradise for anyone in need of a vacation. Tours often leave from Nelson city.

Location: South Island
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5. Lake Wanaka

One of the most scenic lakes in New Zealand can be explored in silence. No engine noise; just you and the water. However, sailing on Lake Wanaka is often overlooked by backpackers due to being pricey.

Location: South Island
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