My husband and I chartered a Bavaria 38 for 12 days in the Hauraki Gulf - an excellent cruising area. She was very carefully maintained and sailed very well. Also a very good, reliable engine. Well equipped with lots of useful storage space.
Peter Drew was exceedingly helpful and friendly. He helped to ensure that we had a really good holiday.
Very helpful operator. The boat and information was perfect and Rob was most helpful in getting us out on the gulf and also assisting with our return.
We chartered a Bavaria 33 for my 60th birthday, just my wife & I, best holiday I have ever had. Rob was Great, boat was great weather was perfect, plenty of cruising grounds and safe anchorages, we will be back!
Boat was immaculate, and functioned well. Sails were adequate. Stern door needed adjustment, which I assume has been accomplished
Chartering from a great distance like Germany can be tricky - not so with CharterLink. From the beginning CharterLink was perfect: Our charter was launched on Saturday. When I wrote to Rob that we would be traveling with a camperhome before the sailing trip he immediately suggested to bring our luggage already on Friday on the yacht. Rob is very friendly, helpful, knowledgeable and relaxed.
Most of our sailing so far was in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean. The Hauraki Gulf is a nice sailing area, too – we really loved it – wunderbar! Yacht condition was very good with everything you need. Location of the marina is perfect, out of the city but easily reached by ferry.
Charlie Risch, Heidelberg-Germany
Great boat. Rob was very accommodating as our circumstances changed. Would recommend CharterLink as a top shelf yacht charter company. Thank you CharterLink.
Great boat, great sailing area... I will definately be back again :-)
Thank you; true; and we hope so!
We have been chartering from Rob at Charterlink Bayswater for over 10 years, always helpful, relaxed and very friendly, great fleet of boats highly recommended.
Excellent experience – We chartered at very short notice. We received a great welcome and were treated very professionally. Directions, parking details and how to find the boat were very simple and clear. The boat was prepared and in excellent condition when we arrived with everything we required for the 2 day charter. The operation of the boat was carefully explained to us and all questions answered in a positive manner. The boat handled very well and was a delight to sail, we all felt safe and enjoyed the sailing experience. The crew were on the Dock to meet us on our return and helped us tie up and tidy up the boat. We could not fault the service provided. Thanks to Rob and his team. We will be back again soon.
We -6 people- hired a sailing boat in Picton and spent 3 nights on the Queen Charlotte Sound. We saw dolphins and caught some nice fish. I was a really nice trip.
We chartered a 32' Bavaria from Charterlink in December and had a wonderful weekend sailing in Hauraki Gulf. Boat was great to sail and very comfortable and well-equipped.
I can personally recommend Charterlink, Rob and his team and fleet of boats. I think we have tried 80% of the fleet over the last few years. Whilst we have always taken the sailing fleet we decided to try power and have just been out in "Indulgence" for a week. Although it is an older boat it was in great condition and had all the home comforts. I am fussy with where I spend money pocket money but never have given a second thought with Charterlink. If you want a stress free boating holiday there is only one company to choose.
Great experience chartering with Rob from Charterlink, excellent service and Zuben performed well for us. Will definitely be using again.
4 adults & 2 kids on 36' True North. Quite an eventful trip! We've chartered boats on West Coast of Scotland, Croatia, Greece, Whitsundays & Bay of Islands. We'd rate this trip as 9/10 for Rob & Brett (friendly & great advice, especially before the 65 kt gale blew in) but only 6/10 for True North (a bit tired looking compared to previous charters, heads smell in fwd cabin, aft water gauge not working & tank ran out after 1 day of frugal use- causing rationing, a failed diversion to Coromandel Wharf with 0.2 m under keel and no showers etc). The boat sailed and handled well though. North Harbour (Chamberlain Bay) a great anchor spot during a 65kt SW gale. Anchor didn't slip an inch. With all the high winds on and off, the lifejackets were also on and off, causing one to inflate as the unseen dangling dongle got caught! (ouch, $92.50 re-charge)
We had a fantastic time, The boat was easy to use, had all the mod cons to allow everybody aboard to relax and take in the beauty of the Coromandel to Kawau Island.
We are looking forward to going out next year and already our friends are asking if they can come too, so it may have to be a bigger yacht next time.
We have used CharterLink every year the last 6 years trying various kinds of the yachts and catamarans. Every time it has been a 10 out of 10 experience. Rob and Brett never cease to deliver top service and so far all the boats have been a great experience. Comparing with the sailing we have done in Europe I consider the Hauraki Gulf & Bay of Islands to be a sailing paradise.
10 out of 10 for Charterlink!
Our experience, chartering Catherine, a 32" Bavaria Yacht from Charterlink was great.
The Vessel was exceptional well appointed.
Customer Service by the owner Rob plus induction by Brett was spot on.
The Yacht was presented to us spotless and everything we could wish for was on board.
The result: We had a fantastic time sailing this great yacht.
Will be back!
We had great time sailing Fruition around Waiheke. It was a great boat for our large crew. Janet and Brett were fantastic, real helpful. We will be back.
Great charter with Charterlink. Janet & Brett were very helpful. Would recommend & use again.
Katherine the Bavaria 32 was in excellent condition. The swim platform was especially useful making her the perfect charter yacht for two couples. The staff at charterlink were extremely helpful. Thanks Janet and Brett.
We had a great time and if we don't buy our own yacht and sail it home we'll come and charter from you again.
very good service would recomend
An excellent chartering experience. The yacht was well maintained and immaculately presented. The staff are knowledgeable and very helpful. I would definitely use charterlink again, although it is a shame that the prices are significantly higher than similar boats in the Bay of Islands
Had a great experience.Brett was really friendly and helpful(hope he has his winter veges planted!)
Raven 31 was perfect for our family of 5.
Would definitely use again.
Chartering a yacht, particularly from a distance - the UK in our case, can be tricky - not so with CharterLink. The booking process was deftly handled by Janet in the office and when we arrived Brett immediately lent us the firm's car to pick up our luggage from the hotel and the easily chosen very high quality food (and wine!) for the week from the nearby supermarket. The briefing was thorough and everything worked and we were on our way an hour after the stated time for the charter to start with "Elizabeth Reed", a Bavaria 30 for my wife and I to sail for a week.
We used to have our own boat and most of our sailing was in west Scotland, in my opinion the best sailing in Europe (despite the weather), because of the enormous variety of island destinations - there is always one to suit the wind direction and how far you want to go. The Hauraki Gulf offers exactly that but in a very much better climate. The result was a hugely enjoyable week and at the end there was Brett on the fuel jetty waiting to berth the boat in that day's strong wind and to check that all was well.
Let it also be said that CharterLink's rates offer good value and the client has all the advantages of dealing with Brett and Rob, the on-the-spot proprietors who know the firm's boats inside out and who offer the best of personal service.
My wife and I and son and daughter in law, together with two grandchildren aged 9 and 7, have just spent a week sailing the Beneteau 43 Zuben to various areas in the Hauraki Gulf.
Having chartered previously in the Caribbean, Croatia and France, as well as a previous charter in New Zealand with another charter firm, it is my opinion that Charterlink is right up there with the best charter companies in the world. The boat was beautifully presented with everything we could possibly need, Brett gave us a very good briefing, everything worked, and we had a marvellous 7 days.
I must not leave out the ease of booking from long distance, all organised by the wonderful Janet in the office, who was able to answer all my queries with the utmost patience and accuracy.
Rob did a great job meeting us on our return, and he was able to organise the retrieval of a box of left over provisions including 4 bottles of wine which we had left outside the Bayswater office when we drove away, even though he was in Coromandel at the time.
I can thoroughly recommend Charterlink to anyone wanting to sail out of Auckland.
We chartered Bella Rosa, the Barvaria 46 just before Christmas. Our experience with CharterLink was easy and efficient from the booking process through to the upbeat briefing by Brett at the beginning of our charter and the relaxed handover and debrief with Rob at the end of our trip. Bella Rosa accomodated two families around the Hauraki Gulf with ease - four adults and four children. Everything worked well and was as described. An excellent holiday - and a fantastic way to give visitors from the UK a taste of New Zealand. We will definitely use CharterLink again on a regular basis and look forward to taking the Bavaria 28 out for our family of four next time. Thanks guys, an excellent time had by all.
fantastic experience, great staff, so easy, everything you needed and more, will be recommending to friends
My girlfriend and I had a wonderful time sailing the Tangaroa (Bavaria 33) around Waiheki Island for four days.
The highlight of the trip was in the Hauraki waters sailing together with a group of 5/6 dolphins, awesome!!
The Tangaroa was excellent as well as the service provided by Charterlink, Brett in particular, thanks!
Our first experience of a bare boat charter from CharterLink was excellent. All staff were friendly and helpful - professional but relaxed. We enjoyed the space on the Beneteau 43 "Zuben" and even managed to get to 7.5 knots in not too much breeze. We were lucky with mid summer conditions in April and swam, fished, sailed and enjoyed our short but worthwhile trip around Waiheke Island. The boat was well maintained and easy to operate with the self furling headsail, lazy jacks for the main and good anchor winch. We are very keen to charter again for longer with the same charter company as in all respects it was a great experience and good value for money.
A fantastic experience on board Tikiti Boo. The boat was well set up, maintained and easy to operate. The Hauraki Gulf is hard to beat anywhere in the world and the family can't wait to do it again. Thanks guys.
Chartering with Charterlink was a great experience. The booking process was easy and staff were very helpful. The boat (Bavaria 36) exceeded my expectations in terms of equipment, comfort and performance. I couldn't believe the fuel economy from the diesel engine.
Hauraki gulf is an awesome cruising ground with many safe anchorages. We even caught a few decent fish (and scrubbed the decks afterwards). can't wait to do it again.
We rented the 38' cat TikitiBoo for two day trip around Waiheke, boat did 8.5kn in 20kn wind going downwind on way back. Also chartered a smaller mono a few years back. Both times the equipment was in excellent shape and the service was very friendly and easy-going, and right on time. Great experience and company, we'll likely go again sometime.
We Bareboat rented the catamaran 'Tikiti Boo' for a 7 day cruise in the Hauraki Gulf. With only four guys, all with sailing experience, we easily handled the big cat & had plenty of room in the comfortable cabins. The boat was maintained to A VERY HIGH STANDARD, everything worked! Best presented bareboat this side of Croatia, thank you Charterlink.
Rented 33 foot Bavaria yacht "Tangaroa" for 5 nights.
Sailing is stunning in this area, there are not many places in the world with so many choices of free anchorages this close together.
Yacht condition was very good with everything you need.
Location of the marina is perfect, out of the city but easily reached by ferry, taxi or not far from SH1. Great views of Auckland, we stayed in hotel next door for a few nights before picking up the boat.
The people at Charterlink are just right, the briefing was excellent, relaxed and laid back enough to put you at ease but structured to ensure you have understood everything.
I did all the booking by email from the U.K. without any issues.
Well done Charterlink
A note to thank Janet, Rob and Bret for a great long weekend sailing 'Élizabeth Reed', a 31" Bavaria in February. You provided a great boat and service and we particularly liked the furling main so will be asking for that feature on all future bareboat charters!
We have used the services of Charterlink on three occasions over the last 5 years and on each occasion have been very happy. They are a thoroughly professional team who go out of their way to look after you. The yachts are extremely well maintained and the pick-up and drop-off facilities are second to none. Having tried other operators in the past, we can confidently say that Charterlink are the best in the business.
Chartered Raven 10.5 "Silver Stream". Staff were friendly and helpful, booking was easy and boat ready on time. Systems were explained in detail and questions answered. Wind 25 knots gusting over 35 knots. Boat performed well until roller furler mechanism slipped and had problem rolling up headsail in 30 knots of wind. All on board loved the experience and will charter a boat again from Charterlink.
I cannot say a negative word about Charterlink. They are very professional, efficient & provide great customer service. They are skilled & knowledgable & provided us with a charter tailored to our specific needs. "LIberte" was the perfect boat for us & though an older boat, it surpassed our expectations. The Charter itself was an incredible, exhilirating, surreal experience - one that I will hold with me for a lifetime. I will have no qualms in booking another charter with Charterlink - in fact we are already planning our next journey. I HIGHLY recommend Charterlink. Thank you so much for you part in this wonderful experience.
We sailed Elisabeth Reed, a 31 Bavaria for 3 big days. First day to Kawau, second day to Hooks Bay at the end of Waiheke, third day back to base.
On the first day we were reaching at 25 kts, top speed 7.3 kts. Second day was a reacher again with 2 pots of dolphins showing up, which was just magic.
We stopped at Tiri, which was well worth it.
At hooks bay we had fluorescent water at night, you could see the fish lightning up the water with each movement.
The boat handled ok. With 25 kts it wanted to round up on a reach and following waves if not properly trimmed, more pronounced than other boats.
Whilst the Jeanneau 36 we chartered was listed as the secondary "standard fleet" we found it to be of the standard of many charter companies better boats.
The preliminary correspondence and then the personal contact with Rob and Janet was always friendly, relaxed and we found them easy and pleasant to deal with.
The boat functioned flawlessly during the week we were away and we found many surprising inclusions to the inventory that made the trip easy. Everyone on board enjoyed the experience and we'll most certainly be back.
We took the 36' Raven and loved every minute. The support was very friendly.. couldn't wish for more, and basically nothing went wrong... it was a great yacht; very well set up indeed and even had a BOW THRUSTER!! Loved revisiting the Hauraki Gulf after quite a few years. Thanks very much... I'll be back
From the beginning CharterLink were fantastic. Answering questions we had regarding the charter process to the boat prior to departure to letting us enjoy the experience of sailing around the Hauraki Gulf without having to constantly check in. When we did have questions out on the water they were ready to answer. The Wright 12m cat was fantastic. We had a large group and there was plenty of room and it was well equiped! In all I would recommend this experience to anyone and I will definitely be using CharterLink in the future. Cheers Rob, Janet and Brett.
Thank you Rob & Janet for making the Charterlink experience enjoyable and hassle free.
We have just returned from a trip to Great Barrier Is and Kawau. The boat was very well presented and we were amazed at the thought that had gone into the gear & supplies that were on board.
The setup of the boat made for easy cruising with the family. The gear was all in great condition and 'Pure Escape' handled well.
Rob & the team made the experience hassle free, allowing us to deliver the first load of supplies a little early and then also assisting us when we returned.
We enjoyed the sailing & the Charterlink experience.
We will be back.
The booking process was very straight forward with good instructions from CharterLink.
When we arrived, Tangarora was in very good condition and the team gave us good instruction to make sure our trip was a good experience.
The sail in the Hauriki Gulf was fantastic.
Louis and Family
We've been chartering from Rob for about 3 years and we charter 3 or 4 times per year. We typically charter a 36' mono, but most recently took out a catamarran.
Rob the owner is a great guy - friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, responsive and relaxed. All great attributes from the charterers point of view when things go wrong, generally little things, as they inevitably will. It all adds to the interest and learning in yachting.
The yachts are always well maintained and presented.
In short, it's a hassle free experience from Charterlink.
We haven't sailed beyond the Hauraki Gulf - but it's a big area and there's always something of interest and plenty of good attractive anchorages. As suggested by the huge numbers of yachts in Auckland it must be one of the worlds best crusining grounds.
We chartered the Raven 31 for four days. The briefing on the boat's facilities was adequate but hurried. Had we not ben experienced in the handling of a yacht like this, I would say it was somewhat below par.
Our time on the water was, however, magic. After a blustery departure from the marina in a 20+ knot Northerly, we motor sailed to Islington Bay, spent the night there and next day motored to TiriTiri Matangi to visit the bird sanctuary. This is a unique location and should be on the agenda of any visiting tourist so that they can see the Takahe, the Tui, the Blue Duck the Bellbirds and Saddlebacks at close range.
Next day we motor sailed around the back of Waiheke Island and met up with a pod of about eight dolphins who swam and porpoised alongside the boat for almost half an hour. This was an amazing experience and one we will never forget.
CharterLink do their best to keep these older keelboats in survey at a charter price which is realistic. There will invariably be glitches but so long as you have some experience in the hqndling of such vessels and don't mind some minor deficiencies then you can certainly expect some good value for your money.
I will be happy to charter from them again.
We used Charterlink in April. For a long time we had used Chaterlink South who were also a very good charter company .
Rob, Janet, and Brett. were excellent They were so helpful in many ways We injoyed our 6 Days on Bella Rosa. She behaved extremely well in high wind .
Once we got past the paperwork phase, which felt a little onerous and antiquated, the practical experience was everything you could want.
We arranged a briefing on the boat a few days before we were due to sail and then arrived on the day to a warm greeting and assistance. The boat itself was well maintained and ready to sail as arranged. We got the same warm and practical reception when we arrived back at the marina.
This is an experienced and long standing operator with a good fleet suiting most needs and skill levels, coupled with direct service and plenty of practical advice if you want or need it.
I have charted a Bavaria 36 twice from Charterlink, once in 2009 and once in 2010. In 2010, all aspects of the charter, communication, briefing,boat condition, charts, helping with return, the Hauraki Gulf, even the weather, were perfect. In 2009, it was much the same, but two unexpected breakdowns, that were not really the fault of Charterlink, detracted from the experience, for me to rate that charter at 7/10.
We had been in contact with Chaterlink since mid last year when we had booked a charter for Xmas 2009 but had to postpone due to work commitments. During this time they kept in contact and we were able to revive our holiday plans and arrived at Easter 2010 for a nine day charter in the Hauraki Gulf. The staff was friendly and helpful and gave a good handover. The yacht was very easy to sail and well equipped. I had fun with all the manual navigation equipment as I plotted our travels around the gulf and was impressed that everything required was there( I had brought my own but did not require it). The yacht met all our needs and accommodated our two young children with no concerns at all.
This I think would have to be close to our tenth charter with Charterlink. Like a typical Kiwi I expect quality and if you want this -you will find it with the team at Charterlink. All the boats (and we have had most) are well laid out and are in excellent condition. How honest can you get when they email to say you left $20 and some coins on the boat. Well done Rob and Janet and look forward to our next time out. More than likely next month.
Really enjoyed a weekend with my friends and family thanks to Charterlink.
Rob,Janet and the team went the extra distance to make us fell welcome.
As a professional master, I skipper many yachts The catamaran "Island Star" was well set up " by sailors for sailors".
I would fully recommend Charterlink to anyone who wants a hassle free holiday/
Chrs and Julie www.nzoe.co.nz
Our two week sailing trip with Charterlink could not have been more perfect. Our sailboat was so well equipped that all we needed to do was bring food and clothes. The beds were very comfortable. Everything was provided for in terms of safety equipment,charts, dingy, snorkle gear,etc. Charterlink was always available to answer any questions during our trip. We will charter with them next summer for sure.
This was out third time back with Charterlink. Super awesome time as always - fantastic friendly service and easy formalities.
The vessel (38' Fontain Pajot) was in excellent condition, showing signs of fastidious maintenance.
Most certainly will be back again next year.
Chartered a Beneteau 32' for 3 days in February. Extended to 4 days as we were having such a fabulous time. Everything was top notch from the booking of the boat, simple and uncomplicated, to the advice given before sailing. Would highly recommend.
The boat was really well equipped. Good service.
Chartered a Bavaria30 in Dec 2010.
Booking from abroad was no problem.
Friendly and professional hand over with lots of advice on the cruising area (useful as we were Hauraki 1st timers).
Fantastic weeks sailing. Would definitely use this company if chartering in Hauraki again.
Gareth - UK.
We chartered a Bavaria 38 from 11-18th of January 2010. All the booking procedure was very uncomplicated. The boat itself was in a very good condition and unexpectedly well equipped. Technically we have not had any problems at all and even the batteries of the torches were charged :-)
Sails were in reasonable good conditions and did also exceed our expectations for a charter boat.
Before starting to sail the Hauraki Gulf a lot of very useful information were given which made the one week sailing cruise a full success and an unforgettable experience.
Whenever we charter a boat in NZL again, we will definitely do it via CHARTERLINK Auckland.
Thanks to the Charterlink Team: well done !!!!
We were very happy with the boat (Beneteau 320) and the service from Charterlink - a very accommodating company to deal with.
Our trip to Kawau and back was a delight and will not hesitate to rebook for future trips in the Harauki Gulf.
Had a great time on a CharterLink Bavaria 38 sailing from Auckland to Whangeroa and the Bay of Islands on a one-way rental. Good weather and a superb sail - 300 NM in 10 days anchoring in a different bay every night as well as catching a 15 Kg Kingfish off Cape Brett - highly recommended!
Together with some friends I chartered twice with Charterlink and was very satisfied. The staff is very friendly and easy going. Will do it again when I get back from the US.
This was our second charter with Charterlink, the first one (December 07) was such a fabulous experience I had no hesitation in rebooking the following summer. Weather wasn't kind to us the weekend we had booked so Rob was kind enough to not only accommodate us at a later date but also give us an amazing upgrade due to the season rates changing. The Bavaria 37 Pure Escape was a dream to sail, a delight to live aboard and had an extremely well equipped galley. It was with heavy hearts we returned her to the marina after a fabulous long weekend. We will be back next summer!
The boat we were meant to have was out of action so we were upgraded to a nicer boat. Great 4 days had by all in the Hauraki Gulf and we will be aiming to do it again next year. Cheers.
Excellent yacht charter company, friendly and organised - we had a great time - thanks CharterLink!
We had a good experience and I was surprised at how roomy the yacht was below. Also, the process of booking and briefing was professional and simple to execute. I was grateful that my experience was accepted and that we were able to cruise wherever we wished without the need to call in and all of that sort of stuff that you can experience elsewhere. The team was excellent all around and I would not hesitate to charter a yacht from Charterlink Auckland again.
We chartered a 38' sailboat from Charterlink and had a great time sailing the Huraki Gulf. Upon arrival we were cheerfully greeted, ran through the boat safety and operation guidelines and were out to sea in an hour. We found the boat to be in tip top shape and provisioned with everything we needed for our trip. Needless to say, the crusing gounds and the boat lived up to our expectations and we would not hesitate to highly recommend the venue and Charterlink as an exceptional experience.
My family chartered a 30' yacht from Charter Link recently and had a fantastic time
The boat was well maintained, clean and a pleasure to be aboard for those who were new to sailing and the more experienced ones
Charter Link were flexible in handling our booking given that we were coming from overseas and accomodated our needs perfectly