For those who appreciate the finer things in life a week or two spent cruising the waters of New Zealand aboard a luxury small ship has become a must-do, and there is no better city to begin your cruise than Auckland. Surrounded by a vast marine playground of outstanding natural beauty, you will have a virtually unlimited number of unique destinations to enjoy when cruising from Auckland’s harbour.


Bay of Islands luxury ship cruisesThe Bay of Islands, with a subtropical climate and stunning natural beauty, is a popular stopping point for luxury yachts and a mecca for beach and water activities. There are 144 islands between Cape Brett and the Purerua Peninsula, with an abundance of marine wildlife including whales, dolphins, penguins, and gannets to enjoy. Step ashore for a few hours and discover the boutique feel of some of the areas towns and villages, stretch your legs on the many scenic walking tracks where you can see majestic Kauri trees in subtropical rainforests, or simply take in the magnificence of the region from the deck of your yacht.

You can could come back the Bay of Islands time and time again and discover new wonders each visit, doing so on board a small luxury small ship, while being pampered 24 hours a day is an experience not to be missed.


Fiordland National Park Luxury CruisesFiordland National Park was established in 1952 and offers sea adventurers the opportunity to enjoy magnificent fiords with soaring mountain vistas. A World Heritage site, Fiordland is truly a must-see, and enjoying it from the deck of the ship will make it that much more special. Flying from Auckland to Queenstown, with a helicopter transfer to our luxury ship, this region offers true peace and tranquillity and a chance to unwind as you cruise Fiordland National Park in style.

With scenery that will literally take your breath away, viewing Fiordland from the ocean gives you a unique perspective of the region’s diverse wildlife and natural wonders, from the 1692 m Mitre Peak, to the flightless and endangered takahē and beautiful black coral that can be seen at shallower depths than anywhere else in the world. Be rejuvenated by time spent in Fiordland, and vow to return again to this New Zealand jewel.


Island Escape offers the ultimate in Auckland, Bay of Islands, and Fiordland cruising aboard one their luxury small ship. With a demand from clients for more time at sea, their 2016 cruising itinerary will include an extended visit to the Bay of Islands starting from Auckland. And for those who would prefer to stay close to the City of Sails, enjoy cruising the lovely Hauraki Gulf in lavish comfort and style.

For more information on a luxury Island Escape cruising adventure, freephone 0800 58 1717.


Things We Are Proud Of In Auckland

The Pride of Auckland website offers various blogs posts on great things to do in Auckland, great service providers in Auckland and anything that makes Auckland an awesome place to visit or live :-).

The Dry Stack Revolution

Dry stack is less pricey and more convenient

The concept of dry stack boat storage is a somewhat novel idea to many Aucklanders, with many boat owners still using the traditional wet mooring or parking their boat and trailer on their driveway or front yard, yet dry stacking is one of the fastest growing developments when it comes to boat storage. One of the main reasons for this, especially in large metropolitan areas like Auckland, is space, with a dry stack marina capable of storing large numbers of boats compared to docks and wharfs.

Boat owners using dry stacks are quickly discovering the convenience factor, which means they can be on the water in a fraction of the time and for a fraction of the hassle and stress than using a trailer to unload and load their boats. Dry stack storage means no hooking your boat and trailer to your car, no fighting the traffic to get to the boat ramp, no having to stop for gas and bait, no waiting in line to launch your boat and then finding somewhere to park your trailer, no time wasted winching your boat back onto the trailer, and no cleaning when you arrive back home.

Most dry stacks offer a service that involves simply letting them know when you want to launch, heading down to the dry stack marina, and jumping on board. On your return your boat will be taken out of the water, washed clean, and safely stored until you need it again. And surprisingly the cost of dry stack storage is on average cheaper than marina berths, have a look at these boat storage prices for an idea of the cost of dry stack storage at one of Auckland’s newest facilities.

Besides the money you will save here a few more advantages to dry stack boat storage:

  • Less maintenance as your boat will be protected from the elements
  • More space on your driveway or lawn
  • Your boat is safe and secure 24/7
  • No need for a trailer, which again saves you money
  • You won’t need a large vehicle to tow your boat and trailer
  • No waiting at boat ramps or gas stations – dry stack marinas make sure you boat is fueled, ready and waiting when you arrive. You will even be able to buy bait at the dry stack.

dry stack boat pricesMore and more boat owners are enjoying hassle and stress-free boating with the ease and convenience of storing their boats at an Auckland dry stack facility. To find out more visit the Mt Wellington Marine dry boat stack website and find out how you can spend more time fishing and less time waiting.

Auckland Sailing Clubs

Auckland is a mecca for sailing, with a number of great clubs scattered around the city’s coastline. If you are looking for a club that is five minutes from the city centre, with great views and quick and easy access to excellent sailing water, then the Auckland Sailing Club is a good choice. Based on Tamiki Drive, The club has a strong focus on competitive amateur yacht racing, and has built a reputation for being the place to learn high performance sailing.

Racing takes place each Sunday durinauckland sailing clubsg summer, with the right conditions you can be guaranteed exhilarating sailing. The club often hosts international Regattas featuring the 12 and 18 foot skiff Interdominions. Most of the Sunday classes feature the 12 and 18 foot skiffs and javelins.

The Auckland Sailing Club rooms and facilities are available for community groups, giving locals the opportunity to enjoy the club’s resources. This includes Orakei water sports and the Water Wise facilitators, who focus on giving school children an opportunity to have a go at sailing.

Bucklands Beach Yacht Club is another popular club for Auckland’s sailing community. Located in Half Moon Bay, the club is well located to take advantage of great sailing conditions and an enthusiastic community of water-lovers. Young sailors in particular can enjoy the club’s facilities and training programmes, with the club boasting international and Olympic participants as members, including Barbara and Bruce Kendall and Joey Allen.

The yacht club has invested heavily in J24 Keelboats which has afforded young sailors to chance to improve their abilities. The Optimist Training School is helping teach many young sailors how to sail, with more advanced programmes on offer that focuses on competition sailing. The club has made sailing more accessible by keeping subscription rates as some of the cheapest in Auckland.

Bucklands Beach Yacht Club is a great place to become involved in sailing in a fantastic environment amongst great people. With a bistro restaurant and three bars, many consider this to be one of the best clubs in the country.

Which Tattoo are you?

Which Tattoo Studio is for you?

Chances are if you are looking for somewhere in Auckland to get a tattoo you will find one of  three things – an artistically talented untrained tattooist with basic hygiene, a well-lit sanitary tattoo studio with professional artists that you soon discover have little artistic talent, or that rare tattoo studio that has the cleanliness of a surgeon’s theatre with tattoo artists that have the talents of a master craftsman. It is your responsibility to find a tattoo artist that ticks all the boxes, the extra time, energy, and money you will spend doing this will be well worth it when you view a tattoo as both an asset and an enduring work of art.

Tattoo Gallery

Which Tattoo are you?

A great way to get an idea of a tattoo artist’s talents is to view their portfolio, and visit the tattoo studio and ask if you can watch the artist working. If you see someone with a tattoo you admire, ask them where the work was done, and what they thought of the things like hygiene, cost, and the overall experience. Industry magazines are also a good source of information about tattoo studios and artists in Auckland.

Try to find a tattoo artist that has the experience, knowledge, and creative talent to make you feel comfortable and develop a quick and easy rapport with you. Keep in mind that award-winning or much-admired tattoo artists will charge more than inexperienced artists, so don’t let a cheap artist sell you a tattoo you will come to dislike. And find out how high they set the bar when it comes to hygiene, cleanliness, and disposal of needles, the tattoo studio should look more like a dentist or doctor’s office than a room in the back of a bar.

Where you get your tattoo is big decision, so make sure you find a tattoo artist that is part doctor, part creative designer, and part master craftsman.

For more information on an award-winning Auckland tattoo studio that has a refreshing and unique approach to tattoos and piercings click on

Auckland To Host The 2017 Masters Games

The 21st to 30th April 20Auckland 2017 world games17 will see the largest multi-sport event in the world coming to Auckland in the form of the 9th Masters Games. Auckland will be the proud host of this fantastic event, with nearly thirty sports played over the ten days at forty five venues throughout Auckland and the Waikato. An official programme has now been confirmed that includes twenty eight sports and forty five disciplines, in what many believe will be the best Masters Games yet.

Aucklanders will be able to see athletes competing in archery, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, canoe, cycling, football, golf, hockey, lawn bowls, netball, orienteering, rowing, rugby, sailing, shooting, softball, squash, surf life-saving, swimming, table tennis, tennis, touch, triathlon, volleyball, water polo, and weightlifting.

Each competition game and tournament will be officiated according to international federation rules and guiding principles. A number of the sports will have different grades, ranging from more social to highly competitive, giving those taking part with differing skill levels the chance to participate and be competitive against other of similar abilities.

The 2017 Masters Games in Auckland will offer men’s and women’s sports, such as Taekwondo, with the exception of baseball which will be for men only. Following tradition the sports of weightlifting and orienteering will also run their yearly World Masters Championships in conjunction with this event. The 9th World Masters Games will also feature eight para sports, which will be archery, athletics, canoe, lawn bowls, rowing, swimming, table tennis, and tennis.

The Games will be run throughout Auckland and parts of the Waikato at five competition venues, giving athletes, supporters and spectators the opportunity to enjoy the city’s state of the art sporting venues along with its famed coastal scenery and local hospitality.

In selecting Auckland and New Zealand to host the 2017 World Masters Games, organisers have focused on the welfare of the participating athletes, making sure all sporting venues have the necessary facilities and resources to cater for the vast numbers of athletes and supporters that will flock to the city, including transportation and food and drink.
The Masters Games organisers will be looking for around five thousand volunteers to help run this fantastic event, if you keen to be a part of this in any way then check out for more information.

Auckland Search Engine Optimisation Company

If you are looking to build a new website or upgrading your old one you will need to make search engine optimisation a big part of your strategy. Over 80% of Aucklanders will search online before choosing a service or product, and if your website if not search friendly you will be losing out on a lot of that search traffic.

A more complex search strategy will probably need to be managed by web specialists, but there are a few things you can do to better manage your website and improve your search results. Initially you will need to figure out how to monitor your page rank, using Google tools is a good way to do this. Keep checking to see where yoSEO Aucklandur visitors are coming from and which search terms they are entering to find your website.

Use appropriate keywords throughout your site, including image names, URLs, titles, and content, especially on the page header and title tag. Figure out what keywords people would use if they were searching for your product or service. Try not to go overboard with keywords as Google might think you are a spammer, be tactical in how you use them, and remember to make your website’s anchor text search-friendly.

A great way to generate more leads is by getting referral links from well-known websites. Make sure the website you link to is in good standing with Google, and avoid link farms or acquiring links from other websites to manipulate your search rankings as that could potentially get your website banned by Google.

Do remember to create a site map, and use image descriptions that are expressive as possible and contain good keywords. And keep updating your content. Google will love your website if your content is refreshed often, so make that a part of your website management programme.

Getting your website as high as you can on Google’s search results pages should be a big priority for you.

If you are unsure of how to achieve this then we suggest you attend an SEO training course or employ a recognised web or search engine otpimisation company to assist you.

With 80% of people searching online before they buy, it’s very important that your website is well optimised to rank in the primary search engines (Google and Bing) and that it outranks your competitors!

Auckland Facts

Auckland Harbour

Sunset at Auckland Harbour

Wikipedia reports that the Auckland urban area, in the North Island of New Zealand, is the largest and most populous urban area in the country. Auckland has a population of 1,413,700, which constitutes 31 percent of the country’s population. It is part of the wider Auckland Region, which includes the rural areas and towns north and south of the urban area, plus the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,527,100[3] that is governed by the Auckland Council. Auckland also has the largest Polynesian population of any city in the world. In Māori, Auckland’s name is Tāmaki Makaurau and the transliterated version of Auckland is Ākarana.

The Auckland urban area (as defined by Statistics New Zealand) ranges to Waiwera in the north, Kumeu in the northwest, and Runciman in the south. It is not contiguous; the section from Waiwera to Whangaparaoa Peninsula is separate from its nearest neighbouring suburb of Long Bay. Auckland lies between the Hauraki Gulf of the Pacific Ocean to the east, the low Hunua Ranges to the south-east, the Manukau Harbour to the south-west, and the Waitakere Ranges and smaller ranges to the west and north-west. The central part of the urban area occupies a narrow isthmus between the Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean. It is one of the few cities in the world to have two harbours on two separate major bodies of water.

What makes Auckland a great place to live and work?

New to Auckland or about to move to Tāmaki Makaurau, the Maori name for the economic hub of New Zealand? Perhaps you are buying a business in Auckland or looking for a fantastic place to set up a new venture? We’ve got the lowdown on what Auckland is all about, and why it is fantastic place to work and live.

Auckland City

View of Auckland Harbour

Auckland is the biggest and busiest area in New Zealand, home to 32% of the nation’s populations. Auckland has an eclectic mix of cultures, with the biggest Polynesian population of any urban area in the world. The Maori name for Auckland refers to the productive volcanic earth the city is built in and her location between two beautiful coastlines. Auckland is one of only a handful of cities that has two harbours on two different oceans, being Manukau Harbour on the Tasman Sea and the Waitemata Harbour on the Pacific Ocean.

It’s good to know the 2014 Mercer Quality of Living survey placed Auckland in 3rd place, meaning the city offers a fantastic work – life balance. The Economist ranked Auckland in 9th place in the World’s Most Liveable Cities Index, and the city was rated as a Beta World City in a study done by Loughborough University.

With quick and easy access to stunning waterways and marine reserves one in three Auckland householders own a boat. Being able to pursue leisure activities is a big part of what makes the city a special place to live, earning the nickname of the City of Sails. There is something for everyone with arts and culture a big part of Auckland’s appeal, there are many events for all ages to enjoy throughout the year. And for sports fans there are hundreds of grounds, venues, and sporting occasions, whether you are someone who likes to take part or who enjoys watching from the stands.

Many international businesses have offices in Auckland, with the city knows as the economic capital of New Zealand, and the city is known for its forward-thinking attitude and innovative spirt. If you are looking for an Auckland-based web design company that uses cutting-edge technology and understand the web check out

Web companies in Auckland

Choosing the right web design and development company to build your next website is a decision you should not take lightly. There are a number of  good web companies in Auckland that could potentially partner with you, but there are a few things you should keep in mind before you sign up with one.

You should consider yAuckland web design companyour first meeting with a web design company as a type of interview where you find out more about who you will be working with and whether they understand and can accommodate your unique web design needs and wants.

A more experienced web designer will be able to explain how they approach the issue of usability, keeping the experience of the visitor in mind as opposed to building a website they or you like. Being user-centric is a crucial part of the company’s web strategy, and the agency you choose should be able to show you examples of how they have done this well for other clients.

Ask the web company to give you examples of websites they have built that are similar to yours, and then find out how they will leverage your brand to create a website that is unique to your business. If the design and/or search is very important to you, find out how many times you can revise the design before the website goes live and what search engine optimisation features will be built in.

Try and meet as many of the company’s team members as you can and find out how long they have worked together for. A cohesive in-house web team who have experience with how each member works means better synergy between you and the business in question.

Do some research on what content management system you will be using, and then find out if the web company offers training as part of the deal if you want to make changes going forward yourself. If you want the web agency to manage your website for you, then ask what their hourly rate will be.

You will want to know how well your website is doing once it goes live, make sure you find out what sort of reporting system will be used and ask for an explanation on terms you are not familiar with.

This article was written by Clickthrough, an award winning Auckland web design and development agency.