Hire a Bareboat or Skippered Yacht, Launch or Runabout in the Magical Marlborough Sounds, a wonderful cruising area that just has to be discovered.

At Compass Charters our crew provide quality yacht, launch and runabout charters in the Magical Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand. Here in this vast and unspoilt cruising area in the

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South Pacific, we have a large range of self-drive (bareboat) and skippered sailboats or powerboats available for you and your crew. The Compass Charters Crew will make sure you have an unforgettable boating holiday on the water.

While chartering your boat or sailing vessel, bareboat or crewed, enjoy the marine wildlife and diverse scenery. There are plenty of activities to do in the area. From fishing, admiring seals, orcas, dolphins and bird life, hiking the Queen Charlotte track, scuba diving on wrecks, for crayfish or scallops, visiting resorts and islands, going sailing or just relaxing. Whichever you choose, you are sure to enjoy your time onboard or ashore. 

If you would like to learn to sail, we can give you all the instruction you need. We offer day trips or overnight trips. Budget to luxury boat hire vacations for families, friends, corporate groups, honeymooners etc. Eco-tours, private charters, exciting explorations, fishing trips? - You name it.

The Marlborough Sounds are located at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. You will find our charter base in Waikawa Marina, 5 km from Picton. Compass Charters provides several moorings throughout the scenic waterways of the Sounds for your convenience. You will not have to go far to find sheltered anchorages and Compass Charters' own moorings. Booking with us is easy and hassle free with tailor-made holidays our specialty.

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4 days = 6% discount
5 days = 9% discount
6 days = 12% discount
7 days = 15% discount
8 days = 18% discount
9 days + =
21% maximum

Many last season took advantage of our "MULTI DAY CHARTER Specials" so we have upgraded them slightly to work out even better for the loyal client ......Click here to read more.

ALSO - If you book your charter 6 months BEFORE commencement then you can receive an extra 5% with our "EARLY BOOKERS"

Special. ......Click here to read more.

Our Fleet


Choose from our collection of well-maintained and looked after launches ready for you just to jump onboard and motor off into the sunset.

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Anchor up and relax or spend the day sailing the Sounds on your own home on the water.


Enjoy exploring, fishing or diving the Inner Sounds onboard one of our runabouts.

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