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Why Auckland's Silo Marina is a hidden gem you should explore
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Why Auckland's Silo Marina is a hidden gem you should explore

Super yacht behind row of smaller boats at Auckland marina

PHOTOGRAPHY BY REUBEN LOOI.

Scout editor Sarah-Kate Lynch reveals the yacht sized gem hidden down at Auckland's Wynyard Quarter. Here's why you should go exploring around Silo Marina.

Keep walking west, past the restaurants and bars of Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter, the kids’ play area and the lookout gantry, and you’ll usually find yourself staring at a Picton ferry-sized super yacht moored at Silo Marina.

All super yachts look the same to me – like someone didn’t know what to do with all their gazillions – although of course if they invited me aboard I’d eat the caviar and drink the champagne with good grace. However, turn away from these eye-catching expressions of eye-watering wealth and you will be treated to quite the opposite: Heritage Landing, home to 14 lovingly restored classic Kiwi yachts. These perfectly crafted reminders of how it used to be done do not all look the same, and each comes with its own little history.

Gypsy was launched in 1939 and survived a sinking in 2012, Ida was built in 1895 and did time across the Tasman, and Thelma, launched in 1897, was saved from the scrap heap and raced at San Francisco and San Tropez before The Classic Yacht Charitable Trust brought her home to Auckland. You might not find too much champagne and caviar aboard these elegant vessels but you can feel the love that’s gone into them, and goes into them still.

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