The event will showcase the refit and maintenance capability in New Zealand alongside destinations and marinas in both Fiji and New Zealand. The cross-nation promotional event is part of a wider initiative to attract superyachts to the Pacific region.
A Fiji/New Zealand Open Day will be staged on Friday August 5 at Port Denarau Marina and Yacht Club in Fiji. The event aims to inform superyachts and cruising yachts on making the best of their voyage and excursions in New Zealand.
The event will showcase the refit and maintenance capability in New Zealand alongside destinations and marinas. Presentations will be made by NZMarine, Destination NZ and Port Denarau Marina.
The event organiser says superyachts, cruising yachts and their crew will have the chance to engage one-on-one with representatives from 25 New Zealand-based companies, covering facilities and services including marine products, equipment, vessel agency services, refit and maintenance.
A Welcoming Function will be held on Thursday August 4 at the Port Denarau Yacht Club and Marina for Fijian Government officials and Fijian companies to meet with their New Zealand government counterparts and New Zealand marine industry companies.
The following day will focus on the cruising routes to, from, and around New Zealand as well as the extensive refit services that captains and crew are able to obtain within the country.
The cross-nation promotional event is the first of its kind that New Zealand and Fiji have hosted in tandem and is part of a wider initiative to attract superyachts to the Pacific region.
“Working cooperatively with the Fijian yacht industry makes sense to us,” says Peter Busfield, NZMarine executive director. “Helping yachts gather the information they need to enjoy a longer stay in the Pacific and make the most of their time here means more work for all of us.”
In addition to cruising routes within NZ waters, visiting yachts or charter vessels can go onto Australia before returning to Fiji, Tahiti and other Pacific island countries.
New Zealand has recently introduced a 24-month TIE (Temporary import entry) for visiting vessels. This means yachts are able to stay in the country for up to two years, undertaking a mix of charter work, private cruising and maintenance most of which qualifies for exemption from the local 15% Goods and Services tax.
The Fiji/New Zealand open day will also feature seminars on passage planning between Fiji and New Zealand, destinations in New Zealand, weather patterns, customs clearance and biosecurity requirements.
Companies attending the event include:
- Auckland On Water Boat Show
- Babcock NZ
- Destination NZ
- Doyle Sails New Zealand
- Far North Holdings
- Harken Fos-ters
- Hutchwilco NZ Ltd
- Integrated Marine Group
- Kiwi Yachting
- Lancer Industries
- Lusty & Blundell
- Marina Consultants
- NZ Boatbuilding Apprenticeships
- Oceania Marine
- Orams Marine
- Robinson Interiors
- Whangarei Marine Promotions Group
- Power Equipment NZ
- GMS/ General Marine Services
- Silo and Viaduct Marina
- North Sails
- Tenob Wholesale Marine
- WhisperPower Pacific
- Hobsonville Marina