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“Great overnight trip!”
Review of Great Escape

Great Escape
Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Opua
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 29 June 2018 via mobile

My friend and I hired the Davidson 20 for a two day trip in the Bay of Islands. When we arrived at the dock we got the Noelex 25 as free upgrade because we were such nice guys ;) The trip was cool although the wind was quite poor, especially on the 2nd day so we had to tow our yacht with the little Dinghy you get for free! Okay we could have used the engine which does a pretty good job but that’s not as much fun xD
On our tour back to the harbour we saw a giant group of dolphins so close to our boat that we almost could have touched them!
Cause of that delay we finally got late a couple of minutes but didn’t had to pay extra fees.

All in all a great trip with a great and clean boat hired from some lovely people :)

When I ever will be back in New Zealand

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 2 July 2018

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed your holiday on the Noelex 25. Even though you didn't have a lot of wind sounds like you had fun. It's always special seeing our dolphins, one of the nice things about our boats is that they are close to the water, so if the dolphins choose to come and check you out you get quite close! We and the dolphins look forward to seeing you again, whenever you come back.

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Reviewed 21 June 2018

Fantastic off-season getaway - two days in mid June of glorious exploration in the Bay of Islands on board Liason, one of Great Escape's Raven 31 yachts. This is down to earth sailing at extremely reasonable prices. Boat had everything we needed, nothing complicated to operate. Comfy and cosy beds. Anchored in Pipi Bay and was the only yacht there - actually went for a swim! (Yes it was cold!) Also headed to Urupukapuka Island and walked across the hill to the next bay - spotted tomits, saddleback, NI Robin, lots of tui and fantails. Thanks Julie and Bill! Will be back.

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 22 June 2018

Thank you for taking time to write a review, we really appreciate feedback from our sailors. Whilst June is a cooler time of year, average temperatures around 15 degrees C, it is a great time to go sailing in the Bay of Islands. We're glad you enjoyed the secluded anchorages, observing the prolific birdlife and were comfortable aboard. You deserve a medal for swimming! (Weather sites show the water temperature also to be 15 degrees C). We look forward to having you come sailing with us again.

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Reviewed 13 June 2018

We had a fantastic long weekend aboard Liaison. Julie and Bill were friendly and made it so easy to arrange our booking from Australia. We had perfect weather with great wind for sailing - we only needed the motor for mooring! Our boat was easy to sail, and gave us enough challenges to keep us very happy.............. The Bay of Islands is beautiful, full of idyllic scenery, great walks and lots of history. We hope to return for another trip. Mark and Rowena.

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

Thank you for taking time to review your sailing holiday with us. It's called the "winterless" North up here in the Bay of Islands and although a little cooler in June you do get some great sailing days, we're glad you got to enjoy them. Great work on all the sailing, it's good for the environment to keep the motoring to a minimum - and fun to challenge your skills! We look forward to seeing you back here to enjoy more of our beautiful Bay of Islands soon.

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Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

Had a great time with Great Escape. These guys were professional and yet relaxed. We felt at ease and encouraged by our sailing instructor over our first two days and then the three days out on our own in the beautiful Bay of Islands was just delightful. Swam in clear waters, caught Snapper to eat for dinner, sailed with a pod of dolphins for over and hour and then had a good challenge sailing home in relatively high winds on our last day. Highly recommended. We had a blast.

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 15 May 2018

Thank you for taking time to write a review for us, we’re really pleased you enjoyed your sailing. So wonderful the dolphins came out to play with you; no matter how many times we see them it is always a privilege. And you caught snapper for dinner and went swimming in May! Fantastic, we love it when our sailors have a blast.

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Reviewed 30 April 2018

I recently enjoyed a great weekend break on the 31 foot yacht Kokako. I was lucky enough to be on board with Julie, the Manager at Great Escapes. We had a mix of experience on our boat with a couple of ladies who had never sailed before.
The boat was very well equipped and had everything we needed for a comfortable and safe weekend.
Bill gave us a comprehensive briefing and explained all aspects of the boat and safety equipment before we left the mooring and Julie was a patient teacher with a great sense of humour.
She explained everything well and introduced everyone to all the aspects of sailing and safety that we could cover in 2 days.
We all learned something and all had a great time. I'm looking forward to the next outing.

1  Thank KerryJPayne
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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 2 May 2018

Thank you for your review. We really appreciate you taking the time to provide this feedback and we're very happy you enjoyed your weekend, found the boat well founded, and the briefings comprehensive. We've been passionate sailors all our lives and it's a privilege for us to share some of our passion with our sailors, we're also looking forward to the next sail.

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