About us

Challenge Yachts & Challenger Appliances


Challenge Yachts Ltd is a New Zealand-owned and operated company specializing in off-grid, alternative energy appliances. The company is based in Avondale, Auckland where we have our warehouse, service department, technical centre and showroom.

The business was established in the 1960s by the current owner Kalman Bekesi. Challenge Yachts Ltd became leaders in the marine and manufacturing industry; we were the first company to manufacture and export production yachts to the United States from New Zealand.  Innovation, invention, skill and technical expertise have been the signature of the company ever since. 

For over 40 years Challenge Yachts has been distributing to the wholesale, trade and retail markets of New Zealand with a focus on the marine and recreational vehicle sectors. Seven years ago the company also moved successfully into the domestic market as the demand grew for alternative energy appliances. 

Today Challenge Yachts Ltd proudly manufactures and distributes its Challenger range of products. Challenger products are manufactured to stringent safety standards and the highest of quality. With all of our products designed with the New Zealand environment in mind, they commonly outperform rival products that are imported. The Challenger brand has become a household name for many boaties and motorhomers. 


Our Team:

Kalman (Colin) Bekesi: Challenge Yachts founder and the brains behind the operation. Colin has proudly been involved since day one and is constantly searching for and designing new products for New Zealand. With his background in Engineering we know he will do a good job When Colin is not in the office he is often seen out on the Hauraki Gulf on his boat

Cathrine MacDonald: the silent crusader in the background ensuring the wheels do not fall off. Cathrine has been with the company since 2002 and there isn’t much she doesn’t know (SHHH!! She may even know more than Colin, don’t tell him)

Warwick Good: the man never rests! In charge of our Warehouse, he ensures all products are tested and ready for sale, all goods are sent out on time, all repairs are completed on time and finally providing technical assistance over the phone. Is there anything this man can’t do?

Jacob Willis: our TradeMe and Website Wizard. Jacob is here to answer all your questions and take as much money off you as he can. Jacob is an avid sailor and has sailed in many places all around the world

Krizia Tenorio: don’t let her size fool you, this girl is afraid of no one. Whether she is helping with sales or admin Krizia can do it all. She even thinks she can run the office by herself (no one is brave enough to contradict her)

Jorge Jaime (George): Our latest addition to the team, George is our refrigeration technician and if he can’t fix it no one can. Having recently immigrated from Columbia, George has come to our fabulous country to make it home

Challenge Yachts; proudly manufacturing and distributing innovative products, providing technical expertise, service and support for over 40 years.