Vessel Works, New Zealand


For those yachts looking for a specialised refit, with established contractors and an unbeatable location, Vessel Works Tauranga is the perfect refit destination

New Zealand’s refit infrastructure is expanding. One such area that should be on the superyacht map is Tauranga, the largest city in the tourist hotspot of the Bay of Plenty. One of the fastest growing population centres in the country and a longtime favourite holiday destination, Tauranga is home to a deep water port and commercial harbour making it a hub of marine industry infrastructure. Central to this is Vessel Works, one of New Zealand’s premier specialists for superyacht haul out and refit work.

With New Zealand sea and air borders now open for visitors and vessels – superyachts, their owners, and crew can now enter easily and enjoy access to New Zealand’s safe shores, high-quality refit services, and world-renowned hospitality and scenery.

Foreign flagged yachts visiting New Zealand benefit from a superyacht friendly framework that includes newly completed refit facilities, a 24 month Temporary Import Entry (TIE), and refit services and supplies which are exempt from New Zealand’s 15 per cent goods and services tax (GST).Vessel Work’s superyacht haul out capabilities can accommodate vessels from 15-55m. Situated a two hour drive from Auckland international airport, Vessel Works is an approved Port of First Arrival and Transitional Facility. The facility is purpose built to lift vessels up to 350 tonnes. Additionally, larger yachts have alongside berthing up to 55m, with construction starting soon to increase the water capacity via a refit wharf extension of 120m.

One of the key selling points for Tauranga, Dave Withington, Precinct Director at Vessel Work explains, “Yachts choosing New Zealand for their refits have already made a great decision, the summer refit season is a welcome change from the traditional Mediterranean winter. Situated in the heart of the pristine Bay of Plenty, Tauranga is a premier destination for Kiwis and international visitors alike.”

Crew and guests based here are spoilt for choice. Te Moananui ā Toi (the coastal Bay of Plenty) has 125km of white sand beaches stretching in either direction along the coast from Tauranga. Superyachts based at Vessel Works are a short drive from the Rotorua lakes, with its famous cycling tracks, and in winter, the ski fields in the central North Island of New Zealand are easily accessible. There are not many refit destinations in the world that can offer kayaking across a lake to see the world-famous glow worms, or hiking through untouched rainforests right on its doorstep.

Vessel Works draws on the extensive world- class maritime contractor network in the region, the open yard allows a vessel conducting a refit the flexibility of unlimited contractor access to complete a project with contractors of your choosing. Tauranga’s extensive recreational and commercial maritime history is another key factor that supports successful refits at Vessel Works. A favourite destination of cruise ships, means the regulatory framework is well placed for visiting superyachts as well, making for a seamless visitation.

Superyachts considering a refit in the South Pacific have a truly unique and world-class offering in Tauranga. After a restricted two years due to the pandemic, demand is already high for superyacht refits in the region. For those yachts looking for a specialised refit, with established contractors and an unbeatable location, Vessel Works Tauranga is the perfect refit destination.

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