Sailing in New Zealand

May 5, 2004
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Sailing in New Zealand

Sailing in New Zealand
Q: I'm interested in traveling to New Zealand for a couple of months this winter. Do you know of any sailing schools/programs? If not, what might be the best way to access this information? Thanks a lot and GREAT page!
Chris Loos
Charlottesville, VA
[email protected]

A: Since New Zealand is officially an island, you'll find unlimited opportunities to learn sailing inside and out, especially during our winter, which is New Zealand summertime. Sailing schools and clubs are located in all major coastal towns or cities, and offer anything from hour-long lessons to month-long classes for beginners to experts. In Auckland on the North Island, where one out of every four families owns a boat, there's a sailing establishment on just about every street corner. Some of the more well-known schools in the City of Sails are: Tamaki Yacht Club Sailing School, 011-649-528-5662, City of Sails Maritime School, 011-649-358-5691, Westhaven Sailing School, 011-649-524-0547, Rangitoto Sailing Centre, 011-649-358-2324, and Penny Whiting Sailing School, 011-649-376-1322. For more information, call Auckland Visitor Center, 011-649-366-6888, the Wellington Visitor Center, 011-644-801-4000, or the Christchurch Visitor Center, 011-643-379-9629, on the South Island. (Keep in mind that New Zealand is 22 hours ahead of East Coast time.)

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