June - August are mid winter. Expect day temps of 10-17 c. Overnight 3-10. Plenty of clear light wind days but also the opposite.
I think the area is one of the few that moorings require a coastal skipper's certificate, or equivalent before chartering.
At a guess I would say this would be because you can expect 20-30 knots about a third of the time and there are a fair amount of rocks etc although this may be less of a problem with a good chartplotter and reasonable navigation skills.
PS. Try trademe.co.nz for private boat sales and crew.org.nz for alternatives.
There are plenty of cruising spots, although it is quiet time for fishing.
Boats are relatively expensive but cash in the present climate might help. As a young couple presumably, you would not need a big boat for short-term local cruising and should be able to get something for around 30k US say a H28 or something more modern in the 26-28 range. It would not have all the electronics etc.
Buying and selling a boat within a few months could be expensive, as you won't be around to do it privately and it may take a while to recover your money.
Possibly you could lease privately but that would strictly probablly be illegal unless the boat was in survey for charter, and there could be insurance issues, although it does happen. You may be able to negotiate a purchase and buyback though that would be very unusual. Insurance would probably require a basic boating certificate.
Alternatively you might consider buying an old car and travelling around and doing casual crewing plus a brief charter.
Feb -April are perhaps the best sailing times. Most locals would not cruise in the winter but it is possible with plenty of warm gear it depends on what you want.
PS. Try trademe.co.nz for private sales and crew.org.nz for other possible deals.
Last edited by chris_gee; 04-01-2008 at 07:14 PM.