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Great Escape

Richardson Street, Opua 0200, New Zealand
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Fantastic winter sailing weekend

We had a fantastic long weekend aboard Liaison. Julie and Bill were friendly and made it so easy... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
rowena725
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Dubbo, Australia
Great Sailing Experience

Had a great time with Great Escape. These guys were professional and yet relaxed. We felt at ease... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
360SimonJohnson
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Auckland
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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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Hours Today: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
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Richardson Street, Opua 0200, New Zealand
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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...More

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

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....More

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Reviewed May 13, 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...More

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded May 14, 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...More

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Reviewed April 29, 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...More

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded May 2, 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...More

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Reviewed April 28, 2018

I'd like to thank you for a wonderful weekend we had out in the bays on one of your boats. I felt that the whole experience from start to finish was great with Bill and Julie giving a friendly and professional service all the way....More

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2018

Thank you for taking time to write a review, we are working hard to ensure our sailors have a safe, fun time on the water. The systems and gear on the boats are designed and maintained to ensure your sailing is fun and easy and...More

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Reviewed April 26, 2018

I recently was involved in the inaugural 'Women on the Water' weekend - organised by Julie, Billy and the team at Great Escape Charters. What a fantastic experience!! An incredibly proficient team who organised an event for about 40 women - some who had significant...More

Thank Karen L
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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2018

Thank you for taking the time to write such a comprehensive review. The "WOW" Women on Water event was a personal passion; building competence and confidence in women sailors in a fun, safe environment. Our sailing school enables us to share our love of sailing...More

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Reviewed April 26, 2018

We took Esprit out for my birthday weekend and had a blast. The boat sailed really well, with a top speed of 7.5 knots with a reef in the main. Very spacious and everything we needed in the galley was onboard. Will definitely be back!...More

Thank Rose L
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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded April 28, 2018

Thank you for taking time to write a review, we really appreciate feedback from our sailors. We're glad you enjoyed sailing Esprit, the Noelex 30 is a bit of a performance boat and a lot of fun to sail. We look forward to you sailing...More

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Reviewed April 23, 2018

________________________________________ Great Escape Yacht Charters Opua , New Zealand We had a terrible and dangerous experience with this company who are skimping on maintenance. In February 2018 we chartered their Noelex 30 yacht for 5 days but returned it after only 4 days because of...More

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

Thank you for taking time to write a review, feedback from our sailors is very important and we review and reflect on all feedback given. We take your comments about safely very seriously; whilst well used, your vessel was not sent out in an unsafe...More

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Reviewed April 2, 2018 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 April 3, 2018

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 March 24, 2018

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 March 25, 2018

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 March 19, 2018

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

Thank Belle G
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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2018

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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