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Great sailing holiday in the beautiful Bay Of Islands

We had 3 days of tution from Daryl, who was just fantastic with us he got us sailing the Noelex 25... read more

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Bay of islands sailing experience

We had a wonderful few days away exploring the Bay of Islands in a Nolex 25. What a way to... read more

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Reviewed 9 October 2018

Our family of four (2 parents and 2 teenage daughters) had a great experience completing the Level 1 New Zealand Yachting course over a 5 day period. Ian our instructor was a delight to sail with a well as Julie and Bill who keep things running smoothly.

The Bay of Islands is spectacular, our only regret is coming a little early in the season as it was slightly chilly.

We highly recommend this nice group of people and Great Escape for your sailing adventure!

Date of experience: October 2018
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GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a response and for coming sailing with us. We really enjoyed meeting you and your family and look forward to having you come sail with us again.

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Reviewed 24 September 2018

Three of us chartered Great Escapes' Raven 31 for a scenic bareboat charter of New Zealand's beutiful Bay of Islands. Just a couple of days of sailing, sights and good company.

While Great Escapes' yacht's are not a "state of the art" Beneteau or Jeanneau, they are comfortable, well maintained and seaworthy - and let's just say "price competitive" too!

Julie and Bill provide very, very friendly and knowledgeable service and are a delight to deal with. Between them they have a vast array of experience with sailing in the Bay, and can certainly give you some useful insights in what to do depending on the weather you have. While we used a bareboat charter they can provide skippered charters including training for beginners right up to Ocean experienced yachties.

Having made a "bunny error", by kicking a battery switch off, we finally phoned them (as the Bay has pretty good mobile coverage) and Bill came to the rescue - with a smile and a laugh and a comment that he was pleased that it was "an easy fix"! He was probably much more entitled to a grumpy comment - but no such thing!

These guys have recently bought the Great Escape Charter business and are building it up really well with a combination of friendly service and great sailing and boatbuilding experience.

They look to me like they'll be the go-to charterer in the Bay of Islands in the future!

Date of experience: September 2018
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GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2018

Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review. We really appreciate the positive feedback and are glad you had a great break away in our beautiful Bay of Islands. Coming out to meet our sailors when they have issues is part of the service, we want everyone to have a fun safe holiday, and we've now learnt another quick diagnostic question to ask when the motor won't start - thank you!
We look forward to having you come to sail with us again in the future.

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Reviewed 17 September 2018

This business is run by owner operators who are dedicated to great service. We hired a yacht for a couple of nights and had a fantastic time well supported by the owners.

Date of experience: September 2018
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GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2018

Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review. We do work hard to ensure all our sailors have a great time and a safe sailing holiday, it's great to have this dedication to service appreciated.

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Reviewed 15 September 2018

This is a niche adventure holiday that is very unique in what it offers. After spending the first 3 days learning to sail under the watchful eye of Julie we then set out on a 3 day adventure ourselves around the beautiful bay of islands. We were able to stay each night on the boat during our training which saved on accommodation costs also. Spring was a great time to go as we had some stunning weather for our self sail and we got a free upgrade to a bigger boat due to the offseason which was much more comfortable. Julie is a superb instructor who was very empowering in her coaching style with just the right amount of prompting and a lovely manner. Thank you Julie and Bill for a wonderful holiday. We will be back for another sailing adventure!

Date of experience: September 2018
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GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 16 September 2018

Thank you very much for taking the time to write us a review. Operating in the sheltered waters of the beautiful Bay of Islands with smaller easily managed boats enables us to offer this unique experience. We love sharing our passion for sailing and helping others into this fantastic sport, the smiles and sense of positive accomplishment our sailors share after their self-sail is a huge reward for us. We look forward to seeing you come back to sail with us again.

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Reviewed 27 August 2018 via mobile

Friendly team, well maintained boats and good value for money. We really enjoyed exploring the bay. Will be back!

Date of experience: August 2018
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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 28 August 2018

Thanks very much for taking the time to write a review, we're glad you had a great day and we look forward to having you come to sail with us again. We really enjoy seeing our returning sailors exploring more of the Bay of Islands.

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