Six of the Best Super Yachts Built Right Here in New Zealand

Six of the Best Super Yachts Built Right Here in New Zealand

Six of the best Superyachts built right here in New Zealand

When people think of New Zealand, they often first imagine sheep, dairy or beef. But well beyond the lush meadows and mountainous vistas, New Zealanders have an insatiable thirst for the sea. And from this passion for the water, New Zealand has accomplished some pretty astounding boat feats.

You see — New Zealand doesn’t just produce good boats, our industry is a world leader and benchmark for luxury on the open sea. And for such a small population, these six super yachts built right here in New Zealand encapsulate what passion can do over what quantity of people can produce. And even more, these six yachts elegantly showcase Kiwi yachting achievement passed down since the 1980s.


Red Dragon | 2008 | 51.7m | 28 million

Built by Alloy Yachts in 2008, Red Dragon is combination of design by Dubois and interior luxury by Wilmotte & Associates. Listed at $28 million by the boat’s broker (James Mcmaster at McMaster Yachts), no expense was spared for this epic super yacht. At 51.7m, her ability to do fast passages and also have long periods of autonomy in complete luxury made Red Dragon an easy finalist in the 2008 International World Super Yacht Awards.

Built on previous experience of her predecessor also named Red Dragon (a 42.9 Vitters-built sloop), the new Red Dragon is a rare exception where the captain, engineer and mate involved in the build have remained on board. Recently, the yacht has also been significantly refitted in Mallorca with fresh hull paint, removal of the mast and all PBO components of the rigging. At 10+ years old, this super yacht still awes in the harbour and shows off her luxury on the open sea.

Big Fish | 2010 | 45m | $29 million

When Big Fish was launched in 2010 by McMullen & Wings, she made some serious waves in the industry. Not only can Big Fish cruise to the world’s most glamorous locations, she was also fitted with cutting edge technology, allowing her to venture where other luxury yachts dare not. And within just 24 months, her adventurous capability allowed her to easily sweep a number of major super yachts awards.

While doing charters from the gentle currents of the Caribbean to the white-knuckle swells of Antartica, it’s easy to see how this super yacht chomps a lot more than other boats can chew. With a range of 9000 miles and the ability to carry supplies for up to 12 weeks at sea, Big Fish easily logged 50,000 nautical miles in under two years. This super yachts truly satisfies a new breed of thrill seeker, and at $29 million (broker - Neil Cheston at Y.CO), she makes each journey feel not too shabby, either!


Inmocean | 2008 | 41m | $13.5 million

Built by Fitzroy Yachts in 2008, Inmocean is a 41m classical-style super yacht with the grace and elegance of ballet on water. Her attractive, flowing sheer line and classic ends produce a silky run at sea, keeping decks dry as if in harbour. Specifically designed for long-haul passages and unusual cruising destinations, she drops jaws everywhere she goes.

Her interior is designed by Adam Lay Studio with owner and guest accommodation (3 cabins) forward and crew accommodation (also 3 cabins) aft. Listed by Toby Walker for $13.5 million, Inmocean combines the very latest in super yacht technology with an elegant classic look and feel.

Aime Sea | 1994 | 35.11m | 5.5 million

Aime Sea (formally Corinthian) was launched in 1994, and is the 4th Dubois design made by Alloy Yachts. She’s has had an extensive first-class refit and provides an exceptional sailing experience matched with a light and airy maple interior designed by Redman Whiteley Dixon. All systems have been highly maintained. She is MCA compliant, and is commercially registered in the Cayman Islands.

Despite having been neglected by her previous owner, Aime Sea has been greatly restored and returned to fantastic mechanical and technical condition. Her carbon rig gives a superb sail and surely impresses all who take her out. All that’s needed now is a hull repaint by a new and loving owner.

Current listing price is $5.5 million by Simon Goldsworthy at Camper & Nicholsons International, but with a super charter record, she offers a clear path to off setting expenses. This is truly excellent value to cost.


Eclipse | 1991 | 32.6m | 5.5 million

Eclipse (originally Esprit) was launched in 1991, and was the first Dubois design built by Alloy Yachts. All technical aspects have been upgraded/refitted and Eclipse is ready for worldwide cruising.

Even after crossing the Atlantic and Pacific on numerous occasions, Eclipse’s fantastic condition is a testament to her classic Alloy durability. Nick Dean has listed the sale at Ocean Independence for $5.5 million, and comes with a rig and sail wardrobe replaced in 2011. Eclipse has top specifications and ready for immediate world cruising today.

Neptune | 2004 | 25.6m | $2.957 million

Neptune was built by Fitzroy Yachts in 2004, and is tailored made and fabricated in Alustar aluminium. There’s three cabins aft for the captain and guests, as well as two cabins forward for crew. On board, you’ll find spacious accommodation, dining area to starboard and a comfortable lounge. The deckhouse also offers additional dining area, chart table and inside steering. Fully retractable windows also improve panoramic views from the deckhouse. The interior has red leather upholstery complimented by American walnut joinery with other quality textiles throughout.

Listed for a reduced $2.957 million by Bernard Gallay at Bernard Gally Yacht Brokerage, Neptune boasts a design by famous German naval architects Judel Vrolijk. She’s truly a luxury long-distance sailing yacht with a welcoming atmosphere in spotless condition.

New Zealand may be small but with such exemplary production, these super yachts such as these hold the bar mighty high on the world scale. Feel free to contact brokers should you be interested in one of these six best super yachts built right here in New Zealand!

If you’re looking for your own Super Yacht for your next sea adventure, or maybe something a little more low key, check out our boats for sale category.

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