Jean and Peter
We had a wonderful time with John and Ginny of JG Adventures Ltd, sailing on the harbour with our american visitors. Lots of humour and very gracious hosts, one of our visitors got to steer the boat home which is a passion of his. Would highly recommend these amazing people to everyone, thank you so much John and Ginny for an overwhelming day on the water!! Jean & Peter
We enjoyed 3 great days with John who is not only a superb sailor/skipper, but also a wonderful host! He has a great sense of humour and makes the best cocktails I have ever tasted :-)
During our 3 days we were able to swim, snorkel, kayak or just relax. We also visited beautiful islands and coves and saw a myriad of native birds.
I would definitely recommend choosing John for your sailing adventure.
John is great! I was to arrive in NZ on the 11th and on a days notice John agreed to take us out on a 3 day sail. I think I have figured out a new way to deal with jet lag!
We had a great relaxing time. We sailed to several island which we got to swim snorkel and bird watch at! I would recommend John and his boat to all who are looking for a fantastic fun relaxing sailing adventure!!
I had a friend flying into NZ and I wanted to make the trip special right from the start, I called John and not only did he organise us to do a trip but he made some great suggestions to improve on my very scattered idea.
We spent 3 days out sailing, motoring, swimming, walking, snorkelling and relaxing.
It could not have been better!
I have lived in NZ a lot of my life and I saw more native birds on one walk with John than I have ever seen.
This is an experience not to be missed and, as it turns out, the best way to get over jet lag!!!!!!
My wife and I were looking to do something different for our upcoming (and much needed) vacation to New Zealand. We realized that neither of us had ever really sailed before and decided to give it a try. After much searching we found JG Adventures. Let us tell you that it made for the best vacation we have ever had! John (the Captain and cook) made us feel not like customers but his friends. He not only took us to some great coves, beaches, and islands but also allowed us to experience sailing hands-on. We recommend JG Adventures if you want an amazing vacation and the ability to experience and tour New Zealand from a different perspective.
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An amazing day out on water with John. Thank you!
Sailing with John was really fun. Suitable for anyone from beginners to experienced. Cruising from Auckland has plenty to do - bird sanctuaries, little coves to anchor in, swimming, snorkelling, wineries. walks on the islands, beaches..... Great food, great company - highly recommend
John gave us a perfect day out and a first time sailing experience, not to be forgotten. We sailed out of Auckland harbour over to Rangitoto, launched the dinghy and paddled to shore, then continued the day by walking to the summit of this interesting volcanic island. John's knowledge of the island, professionalism on board and attention to detail generated overall confidence, while at the same time ensured good light hearted fun in a relaxed atmosphere. A steady supply of snacks and drinks added to the experience. Our day sailing with John will go down as one of the main highlights of our New Zealand holiday.
Thanks so much for the wonderful time that we had sailing up to Paihia. This is the second time that we sailed with you guys and it has been fantastic, as usual. Ginny and John, you are an amazing hosts, such a warm, friendly, fun and relax environment you created. We enjoyed every moment , view, food, drinks and company......and excellent music! We recommend JG Sailing without any hesitation, if you want to enjoy and explore NZ by the sea you are in an excellent hands. Claudia ( from Argentina) and Cliff ( from NZ)
Had a wonderful four day trip from Whangaroa to Bay of Islands to Great Barrier and on to Auckland. Caught fish, kayaked , swam, helped sail after a little tuition,
ate and drank well. All in all a great time with a very professional but relaxed crew.
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The world is still rocking pleasantly though we have been back on land for a whole day. We had 4 fabulous days sailing from the Bay of Islands to Great Barrier & back to Auckland. We had it all. Sunny & calm through to stormy with waves crashing right over the decks. We have sailed with John before in the Hauraki Gulf & for two weeks in Turkey & it is always a pleasure. I have every confidence in him as skipper & recommend J G Sailing Adventures wholeheartedly to anyone thinking of going out for a sail.
Thanks to Ginny and John for an amazing day out in the harbour. We had great weather and it was an amazing way to show my English fiance the views if Auckland from the sea. Yummy snacks and lunch. Thanks again!!! Nina
Very good personalised service. Thank you.
An absolutely perfect day. Sunshine, good food, good company. A chance to relax completely and do exactly what we wanted. I especially loved that it was possible to change itinerary at the last moment - go to Waiheke, eat a wonderful meal and then sail home under the stars. Thanks to John and Ginny, truly a day to remember. If I could rank the experience higher than 10, I would!
This was the 'perfect days sailing day'. Good weather, perfect winds, swimming, good food on board and at a Waiheke restaurant. John and Ginny create a wonderful experience. For us this this was the highlight of our New Zealand Holiday
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A fantastic experience. A beautiful yacht with wonderful hosts in John & Ginny. Gentle sail up the inner harbour on a a lovely summer's day. Good wine, delicious lunch an excellent sailing. Next time - hope we have time to kayak ashore and explore the coast.
My 'sea-man' skills will improve with practise and looking forward to steering (as long as we are in wide open ocean) and having a lesson hoisting the sails.
Thanks John & Ginny - an experience not to be missed. It is something you will remember for the rest of your life.
Organised a group of friends for 5 days sailing in the Hauraki Gulf aboard Justice in the beginning of 2009. 3 of them had no sailing experience whatsoever. An awesome trip, the weather was kind, the meals were exceptional and every day was full of hilarity. Our evenings were mildly lubricated to the point of continuous laughter when ones sides are really hurting. It is then that you realize we never laugh enough and it is so therapeutic. The skipper is an amazing host and I believe you could put 6 or 7 complete strangers on board and John would have them interacting so well so fast they would be best mates within a few hours - a sign of his skills as host.
As a skipper he would be one of the best I have saied with. Good enough to put my life in his hands when I helped crew Justice from Fiji to Auckland. Cool, calm and very collected.
Around the Gulf he knows all the nooks and crannies, the history the peace and quiet and where to find it.
I will be back, thats for sure - if he will have me ?
Phil Hereford - Rotorua
This was a special time for us before our first daughter, of three, was married the next weekend. The great weather, great food and great captaincy by John created a memorable and much talked about event(and John knows how much we can talk!)Thank you John.
WHAT a way to welcome in the new year singing Bob Dylan's" Knock Knock Knocking on Heaven's Door" & other Magical Mystery tour songs. This set the tone for a perfect adventure to jump start 2009 with sailing, kayaking, swimming, & chatting up the international guests. Made good friends sang soulful music & ate good food What more could one want????? It was a hard choice shoveling 6' of snow in Vancouver BC or snorkelling around Waiheke Island NZ....think I made the best choice Sign me up for 2010
It has been a fantastic experience, lots of fun and with an excellent service. Cruising around Waiheke with spectacular views, swimming, kayaking and fishing, what else we can ask, JUST PERFECTO!!!!!! Thanks so much for your hospitality John and friends for looking after us so much with such excellent food and wine
Claudia (Argentina) and Cliff
We have just returned from a couple of days sailing during the Xmas break in and around the Waitemata Harbour. This was a great experience for our twin boys aged 9. They enjoyed the hands on experience of anchoring, helping with the sail, steering etc all under the watchful eye of "Uncle" John. Food was great and appropriate for children. John kept us well entertained with his knowledge and tales of the "sea" and related topics! Boys were exhausted at the end of day adventure and therefore a fabulous sleep had by all. We recommend JG Sailing without any hesitation to anyone contemplating a relaxing, exciting family break.
We have had two fantastic trips on "Justice" .The first was an 8 day cruise in the Fiji group starting from Nandi and finishing in Savusavu a short plane hop back to Nandi.John and Ginny were fantastic hosts and made sure we got to great dive spots using Fijians for local knowledge and introduced to village life and the traditional kava ceremony in quite a remote island.
The second occasion was completely different - a short Auckland harbour 6 hour trip for our staff of 8 for a pre- Christmas outing for non sailors who enjoyed immensly the real sailing and informal entertainment , swimming off the boat and on time delivery back to Auckland.
We can highly recommend J G Sailing.
Fantastic day out for our end of year staff do. John managed to organise some perfect sailing weather for us (very clever of him), with plenty of sun and enough wind to keep us moving. Yacht Justice beautifully maintained and skippered (and ably crewed by Ted), safety instructions given, all in all a great day on the water. Anchored for lunch in Islington Bay, and took the dinghy in to shore for a quick walk on Rangitoto Island - what more could you want for a superb day out of the office! Am keeping fingers crossed for another trip out next year (or even sooner!!!)
After flying into Auckland from France relaxing on Justice was the perfect way to get over any signs of jet lag. John played the perfect kiwi host and showed us around the beautiful North Island coastline and of of course a few wineries. Well worth the trip over from the Med and highly recommend coming aboard Justice for a week of peace and relaxation.
Having spent last weekend aboard the Justice, my only regret was having to return to shore on Sunday evening. I have no hesitation in recommending this as a genuine sailing experience worth every dollar. The boat itself is spacious and comfortable yet remains a serious ocean going vessel. Had the weather turned ugly we would have been well entertained below, with plenty of books and Dvd's I also took my i - pod (just in case) however with the excellent music collection / sound system on board and the many interesting conversations we had my i - pod remained unused. The meals and snacks that John conjured up were of the highest order and combined with the wine and dining on deck under the stars, made for a very enjoyable experience. Of course at the heart of this experience is the sailing, clearly John is a highly experienced sailor and his knowledge of the local waters is second to none. For me personally with a passing interest in Astronomy. Setting sail on Friday evening really set the trip off, as did dropping anchor at Chamberlain Bay under moonlight. Both my partner and I were given ample opportunities to assist in sailing "Justice" including taking the wheel and assisting with the sails. What more can i say "WE WILL BE BACK"
I cannot speak highly enough of the week I spent with John and Ginny on board Justice. Their friendliness and good humour was evident from the beginning and I soon learned that this was combined with professional high standards - the facilities on Justice, the organisation and all the food were excellent but in particular the opportunities to have "adventures" were carefully orchestrated to safely deal with a madly keen sailor from England who cannot swim!!! I had a wonderful time, I pulled as many strings as I wanted, learned to read the woolies,became very adept at negotiating the dingy to enjoy trips ashore and enjoyed much laughter and friendship. I'll be back and have already recommended to friends as a perfect way to enjoy some of what NZ must be proud of.
Just enjoyed a fabulous day out on the Hauraki Gulf with John & Zanthe to celebrate my husband's birthday. All & more than we could have hoped for in a day, fishing, island hopping, swimming ( my children's favourite part jumping off the boat, lots of laughs) and then allowing my husband to take control for the sail home. We will be seeing you again.
Just had an amazing six day sail on Justice with John and Ginny. The boat is spectacular; fast, safe, spacious and extremely well equipped. Life onboard was a thrill a minute; scrumptuos food and wine with lots of fun activites. We kayaked, swam, snorkelled, fished and blissed out on the sunsets. I'd recommend this experience to anyone who's interested in the holiday of a lifetime. Extremely good value for money.
Spent four days from Auckland, out to Waiheke and Ponui Island in the Hauraki Gulf, over Christmas. The good old Kiwi Christmas weather packed it in as usual, but JG Adventures made sure we had fun! Delicious home cooked meals had us all stuffed full for days, and the conversation and stories flowed. The boat is equipped with lots of games and books for all ages, snorkel masks and fins, and the cabins and interior is very spacious and comfortable. Hot showers were much appreciated after the ice cold swims! Overall a highly enjoyable experience that I would happily repeat!
A truely Kiwi sailing experience with a knowledgable and fun skipper.
We spent 10 days going from Auckland Harbour out to Kawau Island and Great Barrier Island. John (the skipper) knows the sheltered harbours for when the weather gets a bit rough, and we had a wonderful time swimming, snorkeling and fishing.
All our meals were provided and we could help out if we wanted to. It was a wonderfully relaxing time and bit of a different way to see some gorgeous parts of New Zealand. A very relaxed and fun atmosphere, we were all included when it came to pulling up the sails and loved every thrilling minute of it!