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Great Escape Yacht Charters and Sailing School

Richardson Street, Opua, New Zealand
+64 9-402 7143
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Amazing six days learning to sail in the beautiful Bay of Islands

Wow, what can I say. I can't recommend this trip enough. My partner and I did the 6 day learn to... read more

Reviewed 11 May 2017
Samantha R
Six Days Sailing in April

My wife and I did the 6 day sailing package - 3 days instruction followed by 3 days off to the... read more

Reviewed 4 May 2017
ximul
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Wellington
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Richardson Street, Opua, New Zealand
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Reviewed 11 May 2017

Wow, what can I say. I can't recommend this trip enough. My partner and I did the 6 day learn to sail course in March - 3 days of instruction with the very knowledgable, patient and friendly Derrick, who taught us everything we needed to...More

Thank Samantha R
Reviewed 4 May 2017

My wife and I did the 6 day sailing package - 3 days instruction followed by 3 days off to the islands by ourselves. We took a Noelex 25, a good size for relative beginners like us and plenty of room for two. We really...More

Thank ximul
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...More

Thank mattshawcroft
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...More

Thank David S
GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape Yacht Charters and Sailing School, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2017

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

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...More

Thank Mark T
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...More

Thank Smilne1
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....More

1  Thank christine l
GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape Yacht Charters and Sailing School, responded to this reviewResponded 21 February 2017

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....More

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...More

1  Thank Georgia W
Reviewed 8 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)...More

Thank AnnalizeF
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...More

Thank SailorRob55
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