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New Zealand offers plenty of scenic sailing routes. One of them lies through the Bay of Islands offering 144 islands to be explored and occasionally rewarding the sailors with dolphin encounters. The largest New Zealand's lake Taupo is another sailing destination boasting picturesque views and huge Maori carvings on the rocks. Auckland is known as the "City of Sails" offering a wide selection from sailing tours to dinner cruises. Another popular sailing route lies through crystal clear waters around Abel Tasman national park overlooking beautiful golden sand beaches and lake Wanaka is noted for picturesque landscapes. Warm season between September and May is more favorable for sailing experience, especially summer.