About

Island Cruising NZ - Providing Yacht Cruising Rallies Around the South Pacific for Over 30 Years

Island Cruising NZ is owned and operated by Viki Moore.

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Viki is a qualified Commercial RYA Offshore Yachtmaster,  Director of Yachting New Zealand, founder of Women Who Sail New Zealand, Port Officer for the Ocean Cruising Club, President of the Little Ship Club of Canterbury and has a wealth of sailing experience under her belt. She has also been recognised for her services to the sailing community and has received a Yachting New Zealand Excellence Award in 2016 and the Ocean Cruising Club 2021 Award in 2021 for extraordinary service to the cruising community at large.

Island Cruising NZ,  formerly known as the Island Cruising Association, provides resources for cruisers wanting to prepare for long coastal or offshore voyages. We also run yacht cruising rallies around New Zealand and the islands of the South Pacific; namely Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Our rallies are designed to allow sailors to cruise the islands aboard their own boats, or assist as crew on someone else's boat. Although our rallies have typically attracted owners of sailing yachts, we welcome owners of offshore capable motor boats to join us too. 

We provide education for sailors to prepare their vessels for sailing offshore, suitable for both new and experienced ocean sailors, through our online cruising preparation workshops and members resources. We can provide assistance with Customs, Immigration, Health and Biosecurity in and out of each country and we hold social events at various points along the way.

We also partner with reputable marine brands who offer advice and discounts to our members, and we produce a monthly newsletter magazine.

Cruising Preparation Workshops

Become a member of Island Cruising NZ to participate in our online cruising preparation workshops. The content is designed to help get you, your crew and your vessel prepared for a long coastal or offshore voyage. You'll get weekly email updates, accompanied by informative content, templates to complete, short videos, and webinars from experts, along with some excellent deals and discounts. Topics include Cat 1 & 2 Safety Regulations, Passage Planning, Boat Maintenance, Safety Plans, Seamanship, Navigation, Meteorology and much more. Join any time for just $95 per annum online here. 

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Club Connections

We are proud to connect with yacht clubs around New Zealand and the Pacific. Island Cruising members are welcome to call in for a drink and join in the fun of these partner clubs as you cruise around the country:

North Island

 

South Island

 

International

 

Are Our Cruising Rallies For You?

Our rallies are for everyone! Sailors with families with children, or no children, solo sailors, yacht owners and offshore capable power boat owners. Basically, if you're able to take enough time out to cruise with us for up to five months, then our rallies are for you.

Testimonials

Greg - "My membership with Island Cruising has been extremely helpful in learning what is required and making compliance a little less overwhelming while preparing my boat to head offshore."

Helen - "We've loved being part of the South Island Rally. A huge thanks to Viki Moore for all she has done for us and other rally members in organsing the rally. Her information, enthusiasm and support has been second to none!"

Tony - "Thanks hugely for your support and caring through the rally"

Marie & Kim - "I want you to know that we think you have been fantastic. Your support and endless fight for the cruisers have been admirable."

Brent - "I wanted to say thank you. I am very impressed with the cruising preparation workshops. Excellent content."

Jackie: "What a mine of information!
As a maritime course provider in Australia, I am always checking and comparing other country's requirements. New Zealand has many requirements for recreational cruisers. As a safety maritime nerd, I can see how they help reduce incidents on the water. Viki has presented the requirements and much more in an easy-to-follow format, with links and downloads to ensure the reader has a choice of format and plenty of information. With big-name sponsors offering discounts for members, it's the perfect place to learn, save money, meet like-minded people and not just dream about a rally - join in! A great resource."

Stephen Plank -  "Fantastic once in a lifetime experience. Amanda and Nigel are amazing rally hosts. This is a must-do for anyone wanting to go offshore and experience the South Pacific on your own boat." March 2020

Nickie Race-Jones - "Fantastic experience with some incredible people." September 2019

Stephen Cooke - "Excellent rally for boats wanting to cruise in company from New Zealand and back. Sailing with a fleet of all experience levels, something for everyone, from first time blue-water passage makers, to those who have been across oceans, the rally supports everyone. It gives great peace of mind to have other boats looking out for you. Organisers Amanda and Nigel worked very hard for everyone to have the best experience possible on their Pacific circuit. Weather planning, safety,  checking in and out of all the various Countries, anchorages and passage planning were all given information, support and help. It will be a huge benefit in future years to make checking in and out of Countries like Tonga, and make the cruising permits much easier than going it yourself. It will go from strength to strength as they gain experience and friends throughout the islands. We loved the opportunity to meet like-minded adventurers, and have made friends for life." August 2018

Stephen & Jenn S.V. Close Encounters  - "When preparing for offshore, skippers typically focus on safety and the first passage but in reality, good preparation is far broader.  The offshore seminar included subjects that we didn't think too much about, such as communications, provisioning, local culture, water, and local laws.  It is packed with information and beautifully delivered.   The offshore preparation course is a must-do for anyone traveling offshore for the first time. Our offshore experience was made better because of this course as it gave us an accurate idea of what to expect.  We can't recommend this course highly enough."   

Why Should You Become a Member?

Membership will grant you access to a wide range of additional resources on our website, our comprehensive cruising preparation workshops and special member's rates for important things like marine insurance with Topsail Insurance and weather forecasting services with PredictWind. You'll also get discounts on a range of other products and services provided by our sponsors. Also, if you're a skipper looking for crew, then you'll find our member's only Crewseeker service helpful. You'll have access to people actively looking to be part of a crew, you can review their sailing experience and make direct contact with them.

Still have questions? Please get in touch with us today!