To voyage on The Dove is to embark on a wonderful, unique experience in absolute elegance and style, exploring the Northland Coast of New Zealand – one of the world’s most perfect, unblemished nautical playgrounds. Cruise in absolute splendour on board a yacht which exemplifies nautical grace. Reminiscent of a gentleman’s private vessel from a bygone era, The Dove is 72ft of superb freedom, romance and adventure; truly a ship designed for comfortable coastal and off-shore cruising. Built in New Zealand and testimony to the skill and excellence of this country’s boatbuilding craftsmanship, The Dove is a luxuriously appointed cruising ketch that combines the great strength and reassurance of a steel hull with good performance under both sail and power. She is a large volume vessel, constructed for the utmost safety at sea, whilst being a secure, swift passage-maker.
Designed by Don Brooke, renowned New Zealand yachtsman and Past Commodore of the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, The Dove allows guests to explore the magnificent cruising waters that she calls home – the ruggedly beautiful Northland Coast of New Zealand. The deck layout incorporates spacious guest areas, including an excellent entertainment and sunbathing area finished in teak, perfect for al fresco dining, and a spacious covered wheelhouse. The Dove discreetly combines up-to-the-minute communications, navigation, safety and power systems with the joy of sailing, allowing you to choose either the exhilarating freedom of sailing or the convenience of motor sailing.
Below decks, The Dove is meticulously appointed, exuding the warm glow of deeply varnished teak and the subtle tones of leather upholstery and soft furnishings. Accommodation comprises three separate, private air-conditioned staterooms, each with its own modern en suite and entertainment system, catering for up to seven guests in exquisite comfort and style. Or, of course, should you desire an intimate environment, The Dove is a romantic, sophisticated vessel, perfect for just the two of you.
Relax and be as active or adventurous as you choose. Plan your own itinerary, or allow The Dove’s competent crew to create a dream cruise, encompassing a unique view of the sparkling waters of the Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf, Northland Coastline, and the glorious, historic Bay of Islands. This pristine, unspoilt marine paradise offers marvellous, secluded deep-water anchorages, idyllic golden sand beaches and pohutukawa-fringed coves. Enjoy crystal clear waters, deserted shorelines and the intense blue and green colours that typify this magnificent region, all from the comfort of your splendid sailing vessel.
Simply take each day as it comes, free from appointments, timetables or other such constraints. There is always something beautiful to view and fun to enjoy just minutes away. Truly relax… leave the provisioning of the trip to our experienced and competent crew, skilled in the art of gourmet cruising cuisine. Simple or sumptuous, the choice is yours. From superb breakfasts and lunches to suit the day’s activities, to imaginatively presented dinners, the fare on The Dove is a foodie’s delight. Anticipate the balmy star-studded evenings and dine formally, attended by our unobtrusive crew; dine privately in your stateroom; or casually, either on deck or in the saloon.
A cruise on The Dove incorporates the independence of a fully self-contained vessel with the romance of a boutique hotel designed for sheer self-indulgence.
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Dove Charters Brochure