8 Rankers Reviews
North Island ▷ Northland ▷ Opua
Mary & Charlie
We had a truely fantastic three days sailing in the Bay of Islands onboard our Noelex 25, hired from Bill and Julie at Great Escape Yacht Charters!
Bill and Julie were so welcoming, providing us with the beautifully refurbished yacht “Discovery”. They provided great laminated charts of our sailing area and gave us useful tips about where to sail and anchor in the different wind directions, which can change by as much as 180 degrees due to the daily sea breeze effect.
“Discovery” was a delight to sail and anchor. Very simple, with no electronics to worry about, a large cockpit, and surprisingly spacious down below with comfortable mattresses, plenty of storage and a good galley.
The Bay of Islands is a brilliant cruising area for a long weekend or week, and we shall definitely charter from Great Escape again next time we are in New Zealand!
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Thomas and Katia
We chose 2 days of lessons and 3 days sailing on our own! Amazing experience, we really loved it. Teachers are very good, patient and cool! The owner is very welcoming and the Bay is just the best place that we have sailed. Easy, lovely, awesome!
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Boat OK - two to three days maximum. The area where you can sail is small. Tricky wind, experience from sailing skills is necessary. Safety onboard good, nice owners, good information before leaving.
Chartered a boat in the Bay of Islands for six days, great company, easy to use, awesome boat, beautiful area (Bay of Islands).
We really can’t recommend Great Escape Yacht Charters enough. We had a wonderful experience learning to sail with these guys and are hooked for life. It is run by a great couple (Wendy and Darren) who are really friendly and fun at the same time as running a professional set up. Sure you could pay more money and learn on swankier boats...but why would you would bother.
Imogen&Jonnie - UK
Bob & Lynda Miller
Terrific instruction and patience from the instructor. Organisation was flexible but not structured for boat rentals and safety.
We chartered one of the Davidson 20s for a 5-hour afternoon sail. Darren and Wendy were very friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. These Davidson 20s are a bit old and are starting to look it, but they are really well built and have a great feel under sail. If I get the chance to come back to NZL, I will definitely come back to this company for another charter.
We did a 6 day sailing course, 3 days course & 3 days we had the boat by our own.