Five Of The Best Superyachts Built In New Zealand

New Zealand is an Island country located in the South Western Pacific Ocean. It has over 600 Islands with a population of 4 million people. The surrounding sea is used for recreational and commercial purposes.

By reason of its location, most of the inhabitants have a passion for the marine industries and boat making. Neville Crichton established the first Superyacht in New Zealand in the mid-1980s.

New Zealand, although being a small isolated country, is renowned globally in making award-winning Superyachts.

Superyachts are Luxury yachts with a professional crew. The minimum length of a superyacht is 24 meters. In addition, it should have at least the following accommodation:

•    Sun Deck: the topmost deck with a Jacuzzi & a Gym.

•    Upper Deck: where the owner’s suite, Captain’s cabin, bridge, sky lounge, and dining is located.

•    Main Deck: has entrance amidships, study, stateroom for bodyguards or personal assistant.

•    Lower Deck: Engine room, crew quarters, guest cabins, and external swim platform.

Depending on the size of the superyacht, other luxury yacht tenders maybe added, example; Helipad, Medical center, Club, Satellite communications, Cinema, Steam rooms, personal watercraft, and Sauna.

With all these features, it’s worthy to note that Superyachts are aesthetic, charming and built for luxury. Everyone will love to own one. If you’re interested in having someone build out your own superyacht (or maybe just a standard catamaran) check out Marine Services boat sales category.

These are five of the best Superyachts built right here in New Zealand:

1.    Vertigo

This Superyacht is 67.2 meters (220.47ft) in length. Alloy Yachts built it in 2011 with exterior design by Philippe Briand and interior design by Christian Liaigre.

It is built to accommodate 12 guests in 5 rooms. Its accommodation includes a Master suite, 3 double cabins, 1 twin cabin, 1 convertible cabin, and 3 Pullman beds. It is also capable of accommodating 11 professional crews.

Luxury Features of the Vertigo yacht are:

•    Individual climate control

•    WIFI

•    Deck Jacuzzi

•    Gym

•    Beach BBQ set up

•    Outdoor movie viewing

•    Wet bar

•    Water toys (Wetsuits, floating pool, wakeboards, water-skis with adjustable binding, bikes, scuba diving equipment, Kayaks, Topaz sailboats, and Paddleboards,

•    Tenders (Jet Tender with Jockey console, Custom Limo Tender, Nautical Yamaha 150Hp outboard engine).

The Vertigo Superyacht has won numerous awards. This include:

• World Superyacht Awards 2012: Best Sailing Yacht in 40m + size.

• World Superyacht Awards 2012: Sailing Yacht of the year.

• Showboats Design Awards 2012: Exterior design and styling award: Sailing Yachts.

• Showboats Design Awards 2012: Interior layouts award: Sailing Yachts.

• Showboats Design Awards 2012: Recreational area for guest use award.

2.    Red Dragon

This Superyacht is 51.77m in length. Alloy Yachts built it in 2008 with engineering work by Dubois Naval Architects and interior design by Wilmotte & Associates. It was last refitted in 2010.

The Red Dragon has 5 suites to accommodate 8 guests. It is also capable of carrying 10 professional crews onboard.

Luxury features of this yacht include:

• Night vision camera

• Kaleidoscope video & audio

• Full Crestron system

• 100 inches projector screen

• Swimming pool

• Gym


• LCD Television monitors

• Retractable Bimini top

• iPod Docking

• Individual climate control

• Water toys (Scuba diving equipment, sailboats, wakeboards, inflatable water toys).

  • Tenders (Castoldi Jet Tender, Zodiac Crew Tender)

This Superyacht has a Caterpillar C32 engine with a 1,400 horsepower with a fuel Capacity of 46.200 liters.

The Red Dragon was a finalist in the World Superyacht Award 2009 for Best Sailing Yacht in 45m + size range.

3.    Big Fish

This Yacht has a length of 45m. McMullen & Wing built it in 2010 with exterior and interior engineering by Gregory Marshall. Ann Motion Design and Chief Stewardess Jenny Nicholson did its furnishing and décor.

The Big Fish can accommodate 10 guests in its 5 cabin: 1 Master suite, 2 VIP stateroom, 2 double, and 2 twin cabin.

Special features of this Yacht includes:

  • Widest swimming platform for yachts below 65m

  • Full Height windows (custom laminated with heat, sound and ultraviolet ray proof).

  • Epoxy infused granite stone decks

  • Jacuzzi

  • WIFI

  • LED lightings

  • Gym

  • Pelco CCTV

  • Audio Visual Kaleidoscope

  • Water toys (Sea Doo Jet ski, Water skis, Single ski, Kayaks, Kite Surfers, paddleboard, scuba diving, and snorkeling equipment).

  • Tenders (M & W custom tender, Nautical RIB with a 20 HP outbound engine).

It won the following awards in 2011:

  • Showboats Design Awards: Naval Architecture Awards: Motor Yacht.

  • International Superyacht Society Awards 2011: Best Power 40m-65m

4.    Inmocean

Inmocean is 41.15m in length. Fitzroy Yachts built it in 2008 with Architectural design by Dubois Naval Architects and interior design by Adam Lay Studio. Southern Spars produced the Aluminum and carbon fiber rigs used in its construction. The draft is 4.3m and it also has a beam of 8.5m.

This yacht can accommodate 6 guests in its 3 cabins: 1 master suite, 2-twin cabins, and 2 Pullman beds. It also has accommodation for 5 professional crews in 3 cabins.

Luxury features of Inmocean Superyacht include Teak Decks and individual climate control. It also has a 17 ABS tender with 90 HP.

Inmocean was a finalist in World Superyachts Award 2009: Best Sailing Yacht Awards 30m – 44.99m seize range.

5.    Neptune

Finally, the Neptune. This superyacht was previously known as Onra. It is 25.6m in length. Fitzroy built it in 2004 with the architectural and exterior design from Judel-Vrolijk. It was last refitted in 2017 with modern styling.

It has accommodation for 6 guests in 3 rooms: 1 master suite, 1 double cabin, 2-twin cabin, and 1 Pullman bed. It also has the capacity of carrying 2 crews onboard.

Neptune is a long distance sailing Superyacht, which has a cruising speed of 12knots. Its beautiful furnishing is comfortable and elegant with individual climate control.

It is built with the following features:

  • Beam 6.5m

  • Draft 3.2m

  • Displacement 65t

  • Monohull

  • Range 1100nm

  • Speed 9 knots with a maximum of 12knots.

  • Fuel capacity of 5800 liters

  • Water capacity of 1,500 liters

  • Single Deck

The Neptune Superyacht makes use of a 300 horsepower diesel Engine manufactured by Lugger.

Ted Thomas

Hi there, I'm Ted Thomas, an ardent adventure writer. I write for readers with a genuine interest in enjoying the great outdoors. By sharing my experiences camping, hunting and fishing, I hope to inspire others to fully explore the depths of their passion.

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