New Zealand’s important superyacht refit sector has received a welcome boost with news of a facility expansion in central Auckland and the continuation of a leading yard in Whangarei.

The country’s capital city has seen several strong expressions of interest in its 2.8hectre Wynyard Quarter site which is ideally suited for superyacht refit work.

“We were expecting one or two approaches but this has now risen to ten,” explains the project’s manager, Richard Hiles-Smith. “They are mostly local along with one from Australia and other international interest.”

The site is part of the Auckland Sea City initiative and a new 600t travel lift is expected to be installed there soon along with the construction of two 100m berths and one 60m berth.

Meanwhile, New Zealand Yachts, which went into receivership earlier this year, is now going through the final throes of being shut down.

This company had operated one of the largest refit facilities in New Zealand with its centre piece being a 110m x 40m construction hall.

Another local yacht refit business