Leading bespoke yacht companies Marinelogix Yacht Support and New Zealand Luxury Experiences collaborated to host one of the largest superyachts to visit New Zealand waters this season.
New Zealand Luxury Experiences were engaged as on board advisor, cruise consultant and expert guide for the owners 2-month circumnavigation of New Zealand, while Marinelogix acted as the yachts agent including refit support and shore side logistics during the 6- month period.
At 85 meters, she attracted a lot of attention while cruising around New Zealand during the summer months of February and March 2017. The owner’s brief of activities was demanding and this coupled with onboard helicopter operations, meant every aspect of the trip relied on careful planning, punctuality and professionalism. The two companies worked together to achieve the common goal.
John Panoho Co-Founder and Managing Director of New Zealand Luxury Experiences (NZLE) said “The whole idea behind NZ Luxury Experiences was to create a stand-alone bespoke guiding service focused entirely on leisure experiences for superyacht owners and their guests without the distraction of support and logistics. Our belief is that the level of the experience must be so exceptional and personalized that it is above the usual marketing and promotional publicity channels and will be shared by word of mouth conveyed by owners to those friends or associates they may encourage to visit in the future.
“New Zealand Luxury Experiences has developed a portfolio of activities which caters to the exclusivity and discreetness of the ultra-luxury superyacht industry. These have a strong indigenous cultural footprint that sets our experiences apart. Every season we strengthen our suite of services by ensuring that we are more than mere guides, that we offer a well-founded advisory service to the Captain and crew, and make the impossible possible for the superyacht owners when developing special experiences for them.”
A testimony to the professionalism of the two companies was highlighted by the words of the owner in a speech at the end of the journey, who said “I have travelled to hundreds of countries over many decades on this and other boats and I can truly say this two month visit to New Zealand was by far the best I have ever had. In no small way this has been because of our Guide who showed us some amazing places, told some incredible stories, helped us understand the Maori culture and I actually believe he knows everyone in New Zealand”.
Panoho said, “Our vision is that we should not be everything to everyone, but that we can be an important piece in the puzzle when it comes to making New Zealand attractive to the Superyacht visitor industry. No doubt the biggest incentive is having these expensive vessels come for refit and refurbishment. However, if we can also attract the ultra-wealthy owners and encourage them to spend time cruising our extensive coastline they will inject significant revenue into the regions they visit.
NZLE is based at the Silo in Auckland and offers cruising advice, itinerary development and guiding services to the Captain, owner and guests through extensive networks nationwide and around the Pacific Islands.
Contact: John Panoho
Ph +64 21 190 6737
Marinelogix is an awarding winning yacht support company based in Auckland which provides assistance to yachts throughout New Zealand, the Pacific and beyond.