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22. The Inner Hauraki Gulf

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Charterlink’s Base is at the Bayswater Marina, situated opposite the city on the North shore of the Waitemata Harbour.  It can be reached by car, or by ferry from the downtown (city center) ferry building.

The car trip from City to Bayswater is 14.5 km (nominally 20 mins) but can be up to an hour in evening rush hour traffic.

  • Driving Directions:
  • From Auckland Harbour Bridge going north,  take the Takapuna/Devonport exit.
  • Follow signs to Devonport until you get to Belmont.
  • Turn right at Belmont traffic lights (McDonald’s on the corner) into Bayswater Avenue. 

Continue down Bayswater Avenue and at the roundabout take the second exit which will lead to the Marina. You will see the security tower at the entrance and a barrier arm ahead of you. Take a ticket, come through and park on the left where a kerb-sign says “CharterLink Parking.”  We will give you a marina pass, so you will be able to exit free of charge.   Our office is located in the brown cabin on the right almost by the barrier.   The cabin has “Yacht and Launch Hire” along the roof-ridge, and a CharterLink 

The ferry trip is 12 minutes, is hourly during the week, and every  2 or 3 hours during the weekend. The Ferry Timetable is here:

Airport Shuttle to Bayswater

The trip  from the airport to our marina is most easily done on the airport shuttle,  which can be booked at The tariff for two people is in the order of $72.00 . You pay the driver on the day by Credit Card or NZ cash.  

(revised 01 Oct 16) 

VESSEL Type Year Cabins Berths * Heads Bond

Low Season

01 May-30Sep

Shoulder Season

01 Oct–15 Dec

Peak Season

16 Dec-31 Mar

Bavaria 30 Yacht 2005 2 2+2+1s+1s 1 $2500 455 545 630
Bavaria 32 Yacht 2010 2 2+2+1s+1s 1 $2500 525 620 720
Bavaria 33 Yacht 2007 2 2+2+1s+1s 1 $2500 510 610 700
Bavaria 36 Yacht 2002 3 2+2+2+1s+1s 1 $3000 605 715 820
Bavaria 37 Yacht 2007 3 2+2+2+1s+1s 1 $3000 620 740 860
Bavaria 38 Yacht 2004 2 2+2+2s 1 $3000 595 705 835
Bavaria 46 Yacht 2006 4 2+2+2+2B 2 $3000 1060 1060 1205
Jeanneau 50 DS Yacht 2015 3 2+2+2+2s 2 $3500 1280 1380 1410

Rates are per 24-hour day, in $NZD and include Goods and Services Tax. Prices are subject to change and are not guaranteed until a booking deposit is made

* Berths Code: "2" indicates a Double Cabin. "1s" and "2s" are single and double berths in the saloon. "2B" is a bunk-cabin

Minimum Charter Duration:  
  • 16 December to 16 January: 7 days       
  • 17 January to 28 Feb : 5 days    
  • Public Holiday weekends :3 days    
  • Rest of the year: 2 days. Bavaria 46 has a 3 day minimum all year. 
Advance Notice 

 We normally book vessels a minimum of two weeks in advance, (but in order to get your preferred dates and vessels we advise getting in a lot earlier ... demand is already strong for the 2018 season! 


Rules are made to be broken! We will happily consider shorter notice charters and shorter duration charters depending on operational demands at the time, but these may carry a surcharge.

Consumables Fee

All rates above include a $30 per day Consumables fee which covers consumable stores and incidentals, including LPG and Outboard fuel, but excludes diesel fuel. 

Diesel Fuel and Cleaning 

These are the Charterer’s responsibility, and normally Charterers clean and tidy the boat to a basic standard and fuel her when they return. If you prefer that we do these things, it can be charged to the bond.  

Area of Operations

Our vessels are based at Bayswater, Auckland, in the heart of the Hauraki Gulf.  The Gulf abounds with beautiful islands, snug anchorages, great open water sails, marine life and great scenery!

If you want to cruise the coast from Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf to the Bay of Islands, as long as the total duration of your charter is ten days or more we can arrange a one-way charter for you.   Charters to the Bay of Islands finish at Opua Marina, which is about 10 minutes by car from the tourist town of Paihia..   A drop off in Opua incurs a repositioning fee equivalent to two days’ charter, and includes a one-night marina berth in Opua.

Other Services   
  • For charters of 5 days or more, Linen/ Towels are complimentary. For shorter charters, they are available for $20 per set
  • Charterlink can provide a qualified skipper for $575 per day plus meals.
  • We can hire you fishing gear or snorkeling gear
Deposit and Confirmation

A deposit of 25% of the total charter fee is required within 7 days of booking to confirm your charter.  Payment in full is required 60 days prior to charter commencement date.


 Cancellations by You:  Cancellations made prior to 60 days before the commencement of charter will result in a refund of deposit less a NZ$150 administration fee. Cancellations made less than 60 days from the commencement of charter will result in a refund, (less the admin fee,) ONLY if a substitute charter can be booked.

 Cancellations by Us: The Charter contract details our policies in the event that we are forced to cancel charters, for reasons such as dangerous weather conditions or vessel damage. We recommend that you consider insuring against such events.

Security and Damage Bond

A security and damage bond is required by our insurers for all charters.  Bonds vary from $2500 to $5000 depending on the boat’s insurance excess. (In most situations, the vessel has insurance to cover loss or damage in excess of the bond value, but there are some circumstances under which the Charterer may be liable beyond the value of the Bond, as listed in the Charter Agreement.) The bond is fully refundable after your charter, less deductions for any loss or damage, when boat checks have been completed.  We normally reserve this as an authorized amount against a credit card prior to sailing.  Please complete and return the bond payment form included with your booking forms.

Charter Pickup times

Normally charters commence and end between 0900 and 1600 hours, Monday – Sunday But we’re flexible as long as you prearrange things with us.


An extensive briefing will be given on your vessel, including navigation, anchoring, safety and practical boat handling tips.  The brief will also include information on anchorages and points of interest within your preferred cruising ground. Briefings can be held in advance of your charter commencement by mutual agreement.

Skipper Experience Requirement 

As a bareboat skipper, you have significant safety responsibilities for the operation of the vessel, and for that reason our general requirement is that whilst no specific certification is required, prospective skippers must have significant experience in charge of vessels of the type being chartered.  We care deeply about your safety. The yachts undergo regular extensive checks before you board, and are proudly subject to conditions laid down by Maritime NZ, our government regulatory authority.

Where are we?  

CharterLink Auckland is situated in the Bayswater Marina on Auckland's North Shore, directly across the harbor from the downtown ferry terminal.  Our base is approximately 40 minutes from Auckland airport or 20 minutes by vehicle from Downtown Auckland. (or an hour at rush hour!.)   A regular ferry service operates across the harbour to Bayswater Marina.  The crossing takes approx.10 minutes and costs approximately $12 return.

  1. Phone +64 9 445 7114, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or fill in an online booking form here. We’ll talk with you to establish your vessel preference and availability dates.
  2. CharterLink will send you an invoice and payment schedule, charter agreement, bond form, skipper resume and crew list for your completion.
  3. The Pencil booking is held for 7 days.
  4. To confirm your booking return your 25% deposit in terms of the payment summary.












You can plan your voyage anywhere within the zones below defined by length of your charter and the boundaries set by Maritime New Zealand. 


  • Red Maritime NZ Limits are absolute and not negotiable. They follow the 12 mile limit, except that we are not allowed on the Eastern side of Great Barrier Island
  • Charterlink limits are set depending on the length of your charter, and are to some degree negotiable (but require mutual agreement).
  • Vessels 30 feet or less are restricted to the area inside the orange line
  • We suggest a conservative view of how far you'll go... the weather is always a variable, and generally it takes the edge off of a holiday if you're sailing to a tight schedule.... relaxation is the order of the day!