Auckland is known for being a sea-surrounded haven with the Hauraki Gulf Marine playground on its backdoor, which makes for some of the worlds finest cruising waters. Getting your staff and clients out to see some of Auckland’s most coveted jewels, using the most luxurious means possible, is a truly special and memorable way to thank them for the year that’s just been.
Brunch canapes, bubbles and a sword
Either arrange for transport from your office by coach or better yet, ask your group to meet you at the Viaduct for bubbles or mocktails. In the Viaduct Basin there are loads of options to choose from, but our favourite is to depart from the berth right next door to Sofitel Viaduct Harbour which means you can treat your team to a Sabrage experience even before you set sail. Sabrage is the technique for opening a champagne bottle with a saber, used for ceremonial. The wielder slides the saber along the body of the bottle to break the top of the neck away, leaving the neck of the bottle open and ready to pour. Brunch canapes are definitely a great pairing for a Sabrage experience.
Board your vessel
Depending on your group numbers there are a number of fantastic vessels available for charter. For groups of 30 pax and below our top choice would be F5 – a luxury foiling catamaran with spacious interior with an open galley for bringing along your own chef, or simply for serving food from using the onboard waitstaff. We would suggest offering snacks for the cruise, particularly if beverages are also being served. Then just sit back, relax and take in the abundance of picturesque islands and if you are lucky, dolphins and whales. Cruising in Auckland is a truly special experience because of the uniquely individual islands and experiences you can create on each of them. For groups that you really want to treat, Waiheke is a rich and easily-coordinated destination to unload the passengers on and it’s definitely one of our favourites to coordinate events on.
Lunching and lounging on Waiheke Island
Man of War is an idyllic beachside vineyard and cellar door located at the very Eastern end of Waiheke Island. You literally dock right beside the property. Man O’ War is a stunning spot with an array of coastal hillsides with high cliffs and pristine beaches forming a ruggedly beautiful coastline. Man of War is an idyllic beachside vineyard and cellar door located at the very Eastern end of Waiheke Island. You literally dock right beside the property. Man O’ War is a stunning spot with an array of coastal hillsides with high cliffs and pristine beaches forming a ruggedly beautiful coastline.
Upon arrival, you can enjoy a tasting of their wide wine range with the friendly, knowledgeable staff in the colonial ambiance of the Tasting Room. Then pick your favourite spot – under the verandah or on a picnic on the expansive lawns – and wile away the afternoon over a shared lunch of local artisan delights.
Special note: It was along this coastline that Captain James Cook came to anchor during his first voyage around the islands of New Zealand in 1769.
Top the day off with a high for the journey home – by helicopter
nd the day in a way that your group will not expect, but will remember forever. A short 15-minute helicopter ride from Man O’War to Mechanics Bay heliport in central Auckland will include dramatic landscapes of islands, coastlines, the sea that stretches as far as the eye can see, then, of course, the stunning Auckland cityscape as you draw closer to your final destination for the day. A dramatic and luxurious way to end the day that your guests will be talking about for many Christmas parties for years to come.
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