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Great Escape Yacht Charters and Sailing School

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Address: Richardson Street, Opua, New Zealand
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+64 9-402 7143

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Fantastic trip, awesome yacht charter company

Wow, what can I say, my wife and I did a 5 day learn to sail course with Darren and the crew, fantastic. They gave us a great experience and we've come away looking to plan our... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
Taupo District, New Zealand
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Taupo District, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 March 2017

Wow, what can I say, my wife and I did a 5 day learn to sail course with Darren and the crew, fantastic. They gave us a great experience and we've come away looking to plan our next trip. We've already book with Darren for next year If your looking to learn to sail or want to charter a yacht... More 

Thank mattshawcroft
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 February 2017

We did the inappropriately named Cliffs and Caves tour- this trip is much better than its name! This is on a jet boat which takes you into the Bay of Islands and you get a quick overview of a good selection of Islands plus a half hour stopover on a beautiful secluded beach-heaven!

Thank David S
GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape Yacht Charters and Sailing School, responded to this review

Thanks for Review but wrong company, you are looking for our Brothers and Sisters at Great sights. Glad you enjoyed the Bay More 

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Reviewed 11 February 2017

We took a Noelex 30 for four days. Boats are not new, and a bit basic, but sail well to windward and the centre plate allowed us to get close inshore. Very quiet, even over a holiday weekend. Some stunning coves to visit as well as a couple of nice trips ashore. A highlight of our 5 weeks in NZ.

Thank Mark T
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Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

Another fantastic trip on a Noelex 30 with Great Escape. My 22 year old daughter and I had an idyllic week in the Bay of Islands. We were lucky with the weather having plenty of sunshine and great winds. Our charter started with an excellent day of instruction from Darryl, a highly experienced cruiser. After that we were on our... More 

Thank Smilne1
Napier, New Zealand
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

We would have given this activity a 5/5 if it hadn't been that we experienced engine trouble in our boat which we did report immediately but that affected our ability to feel comfortable to take the boat out as far as we would have liked. We did thoroughly enjoy the day which we spent fishing but didn't get to enjoy... More 

Thank christine l
GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape Yacht Charters and Sailing School, responded to this review

Hi Christine Glad you enjoyed the area. We have had a full mechanical inspection completed on the engine, it appears there was no fault with the motor but will not get up on the plane, in certain conditions without moving the weight of passengers forward. The engine will not achieve high revs while the stern is low. We simulated this... More 

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Reviewed 10 January 2017

This could not have been better. As novice sailors we were taken through three days of fantastic training and then had three amazing days on our own sailing the Bay of Islands, anchoring off lovely beaches and sleeping on board. The sailing was great. The swimming was great. The Bay of Islands is beautiful. The whole team at Great Escape... More 

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Rotorua, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand
1 review
Reviewed 9 January 2017

With a family of four, all equally eager to learn how to sail, Darryl had his work cut out. With knowledge based on years of experience and patience that I-don't-know-where-he-gets-it-from, he taught us the basics of sailing. After 3 days we were skilled (and brave) enough to take the user-friendly Solitaire out by ourselves. For the next 3 days we... More 

Thank AnnalizeF
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

Four of us (brother and sister plus respective spouses) chartered the Raven 31, "Liaison", for a week of bareboat sailing over Xmas 2016. We loaded up with enough supplies for this time from the Countdown supermarket in Paihia just up the road, packed in our gear, and set off. What can I say, except that the sailing in the BoI... More 

Thank SailorRob55
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Reviewed 13 December 2016

My husband and I just spent last week doing the 6 day Learn to Sail course with Great Escape. Darren and the staff were really approachable and knowledgeable. Darryl our instructor was excellent, and tailored the course to suit our needs. By the time we took the boat our ourselves we had learned so much and felt confident we could... More 

Thank Rozz C
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Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I did a bit of sailing so we decided to rent a boat for the day and check out the area as it is cheaper then booking a Tour and gives you a lot of freedom. You are not squeezed on a boat with plenty other tourist and you can just go where ever you feel like... More 

Thank stefanieremm

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