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About Arcturus
With timeless, elegant looks and a history that links her with one of America's greatest war heroes, General George S. Patton, the classic schooner Arcturus is still making her living in style offering guests a first-class sailing experience in Auckland, New Zealand. Arcturus can accommodate up to 15 passengers on 2hr Harbour cruises , 4 hrs ,8hrs day cruises .Waiheke Island drop off or cruises around the Hauraki Gulf .Unique Classic Sailing Experience .
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MA_Auckland wrote a review Nov 2019
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Our group of 4 took the Acturus Sunset Cruise captained by Kate with Stan as first mate. Both extremely pleasant who made the experience feel like we were sailing with friends rather than a tour. They even let me steer (the fools!) A beautiful ship to see Auckland city from a different (and quiet) perspective. Booking was a breeze with very prompt responses to inquiries. Highly recommend. Look forward to doing this again ourselves. Don't forget to bring your camera.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Neil Smith wrote a review Apr 2019
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Our family (including two teens) had a great day sailing out to Waiheke Island with Captain Bruce and his first mate Danica. We chose the 8-hour charter and paid extra for a catered seafood lunch, which was delicious. Beautiful weather, beautiful scenery, and a great crew to ensure a very relaxing day on the water. Everyone in the family agreed that this was one of our favorite memories from our first visit to Auckland. We will be back and hope to sail on Arcturus with Bruce again!
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Response from Bruce D, Manager at Arcturus
Responded 21 Apr 2019
Thanks Neil great time with you guys !
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MaineSailorDude wrote a review Nov 2018
Maine46 contributions18 helpful votes
634267496 If you do nothing else on the North Island of New Zealand, treat yourself to a sunset sail aboard the staysail schooner Arcturus, a fine old yacht once owned by General George Patton and lovingly restored by Captain Bruce Robertson Dunlop. When she's not out on a private charter, Arcturus is available to take up to ten or more passengers on a first-come basis right from her slip in the heart of the city. Auckland is not only a major port city but a sail-crazy town, and seeing the harbor and open bay from a grand old sailboat in a stiff wind is more thrilling and longer lasting than some of the “extreme sports" for which New Zealand is better known. Dunlop, a master boat handler, makes sailing a 90-year-old ocean-going cruiser through harbor traffic look easy. It’s not. But he may let passengers steer and never raises his voice when correcting course or giving directions to his crew. Truly a ride to remember!
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Date of experience: November 2018
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Response from Bruce D, Manager at Arcturus
Responded 22 Nov 2018
Great to have you aboard the lucky schooner Arcturus ,We love to have sailors and non sailors and treat them to a sail out of Auckland .
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joshua24154 wrote a review Apr 2018
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
We spent our first day in Auckland sailing Arcturus; a perfect way to enjoy our first day in NZ. The crew, Captain Bruce and Max, was extremely competent, friendly and willing to discuss / educate our family on sailing a classic beautifully restored 1930 Alden sloop. A fun time was had by all. Bring layered clothing and waterproofs for inclement weather and enjoy what ever nature brings.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Response from Bruce D, Manager at Arcturus
Responded 24 Apr 2018
You guys were great thanks for being a great crew .
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Julia Stones wrote a review Apr 2018
Auckland, New Zealand17 contributions2 helpful votes
This was a surprise 65th birthday trip for my husband but we all loved every minute of this experience. We were so lucky with the weather and were under full sail for most of the trip. Bruce the skipper and Maxim the first mate were great company which made all the difference. it just made us realise how incredibly lucky we are to live in this beautiful City of Sails and to be out on the water with the wind filling the sails was such a treat - we can't wait to book our next trip! A very big thank you to Bruce and Maxim for a very special day - we all had a great time, including my 7 year old niece, but especially my slightly older husband!!
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Date of experience: March 2018
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