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Great Escape

Richardson Street, Opua 0200, New Zealand
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Great times! See you next year!

Could not have asked for a better holiday. The team at Great Escape was lovely and welcoming, our... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Raglan_West
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Raglan, New Zealand
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Yachting New Zealand (Level 3) Course.

Completed the Great Escape Level 3 Overnight Skipper Course - certified by Yachting New Zealand... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
bring_snacks
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Auckland Central, New Zealand
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Escape from ordinary and set sail with us. We have a fleet of well-maintained yachts and powerboats for Bareboat Charter, Flotilla Rallies and Learn to Sail courses. Our boats are suitable for two to six people; complete novices can be skippering their own boat in our beautiful Bay of Islands after once of our sailing courses, experienced sailors can cast off straight away. Learn to sail through our sailing school certified Yachting New Zealand instructors and gain Yachting New Zealand Keelboat Sailing qualifications.
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Richardson Street, Opua 0200, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Could not have asked for a better holiday. The team at Great Escape was lovely and welcoming, our boat Discovery was all we expected - smart and easy to sail with all we needed for our 4 days trip. And finally the weather was simply...More

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review, so glad you had a great time. So many awesome places to explore up here, we look forward to seeing you back again (and again!)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Completed the Great Escape Level 3 Overnight Skipper Course - certified by Yachting New Zealand - over a very pleasant long weekend in March. As a solo traveller, I was fortunate enough to grab a last-minute spot a few days prior to departure. I had...More

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Wow, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review. Your comments on each aspect of the course should be very helpful to others considering this course and we are very happy that you got so much out of the...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My boyfriend and I rented a 20ft sailboat from Great Escapes for a few days and it was the most amazing experience. Julie and Bill have all the tips for the gorgeous Bay of Islands and we had a great time onboard. Even though we...More

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for this, so glad you had a great holiday. The Davidson 20 is a fun little boat and ideal for a couple. We're glad you appreciated the briefing, we want to make sure our sailors are safe and have fun out in the bay.

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Reviewed 6 March 2018

We chartert the Raven 31 for 3 nights and had a great time in the beautiful Bay of Island. Awesome company - very professional and organized. Great service. The sailing was very relaxt. You don´t have to worry about a thing.

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We're glad you had a relaxed time sailing in our beautiful part of the world; sailing is good for the soul!

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Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

The best bareboat charter we have done in New Zealand. Professional, friendly and very competent staff. Stunning location.

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write a response. We really appreciate our returning sailors and look forward to having you come sail with us again soon.

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Brilliant! Awesome company - very professional, organised, super friendly, and absolutely recommend. We’d booked for the 6 day trip on the Noelex 25, but unfortunately the weather gods weren’t on our side so only managed to fit in the 3 day course, and will be...More

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2018

Thank you so much for taking time to write this review, very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you back here to complete your sailing holiday.

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Reviewed 10 January 2018

We chartered the Noelex 25 and had a fantastic time in the beautiful Bay of Islands. As first time sailers we were joined for the first few days by Martin who was a friendly and patient teacher before sailing off for a few days on...More

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 11 January 2018

Thanks so much I'm glad you had a lovely time, I'll put a pack of cards on the boat for you next time!

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Reviewed 30 December 2017

Lovely people, nice boat and fantastic sailing waters. A couple of days of heaven. Sailing in the Bay of Islands should be on everyone's bucket list and Great Escape is a wonderful way to do it. Ian

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2017

Thank you, we're glad you had a great couple of days. We think this is one of the best places in the world to sail; but we are biased!

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Reviewed 28 December 2017

We booked a one day relaxing sail for our anniversary. As newbies to sailing, we were joined by Daryl, who was absolutely fantastic. He was highly knowledgable and taught us the basics of sailing including a lot of hands on instruction! It was a great...More

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2017

Thanks for this, we're looking forward to seeing you again

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Reviewed 29 October 2017

We chartered a 31 foot boat (sorry, can't remember the exact boat) for 5 days to cruise in the Bay of Islands. The BOI is beautiful and we had a great time. Leaving in mid-October, we were the first charter of the year. The boat...More

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