Sail Sunkiss New Zealand
Sail Sunkiss New Zealand
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Prepare to delight your tastebuds while feasting your eyes We would love to show you why Sailing Bay of Islands and Auckland Harbour Cruises offer some of the best sailing/ exploring & just “chillin” grounds in the world. Our skipper and Master Chef has cooked for the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Elton John & Rod Stewart……..Your safety and “deliciousness” are in good hands​.
Paihia, New Zealand

Why book with Sail Sunkiss New Zealand
  • Certified Skipper & Master Chef
  • 30 years behind the Stove and 20 years on the Ocean. 2020 is our first year taking paying passengers
  • English
  • Professional tour guide
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(6 reviews)
(7 reviews)

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Elmer F
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Can’t recommend sailing with Russell and Karen enough. Incredible hosts and it’s like sailing with your best friends. Great food, scenery and sailing. Thanks so much for 3 days of awesome memories. Jim, Wendy and Evan.
Written 5 March 2024
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Sharma
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Sailing in the bay of islands with Russell and Karen was an experience that we can never forget.
I took my girlfriend on a trip, and she returned as my fiance. the whole trip was a surprise for her and I think that was the best surprise I have ever given her, She loved it. It is more than highly recommended.
Russell and Karen were super friendly and flexible with all my special requests for the proposal. We loved the booting and hike on the island. The food for lunch was ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS!!!!!
Written 16 June 2022
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Well thank you so much........... It was exciting and glad i managed the vegetarian request to your liking. All the best for the future together................Russell and Karen
Written 21 June 2022
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LJV
Franklin5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Friends
My friends and I wanted to treat a dear friend who was terminally ill and I am soo glad we chose Sail Sun Kiss with Brunch as our treat outing. Russell and Karen went above and beyond to make our friends day that extra bit special. An absolutely unforgettable experience and highly recommend everything from their hospitality, boat and company.
Written 16 December 2021
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Trip329578
Arlandastad, Sweden5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Sailing with Russell and Karen on their beautiful boat is an absolutely amazing experience! We (a family of five, with three boys aged 10-16) spent four nights on the boat sailing in the Bay of Islands. The sea and coastline is just fantastic - and Russell and Karen's hospitality is beyond the best five star hotel you could imagine! They organized various activities for us and the kids, including fishing for giant snappers, wake boarding, snorkeling, kayaking... (in addition to sailing the beautiful yacht). The fact that Russell is a fantastic chef using local products or fresh fish directly from the sea to make gourmet food is just the extra silver lining. Our top NZ experience during a year of traveling the whole country!
Written 31 May 2021
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Elizabeth Taylor
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
We stepped onboard Kiss for a 3 night private charter and it was out of this world.

We were made to feel at ease as soon as we came onbaord. Russell and Karen were great from the get go and super flexible with our requests - we had other guests join us for day trips before setting sail through the bay of islands for 3 nights of exploring. They helped make a plan and ensured that no one wanted to get off the boat when it came to departure day.

The food was world class and the drinks selection was awesome. Russell ensured that our expectations were exceeded - we wanted a mixture of relaxing, exploring and we even got to sail alongside a number of dolphins.

I can't recommend the team enough - we were spoilt and have been recommending this experience to many people! We loved Woody the dog too - he was so cute!!!

We can't wait to come back!
Written 22 February 2021
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Jennifer L
Kerikeri, New Zealand57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
What better way to spend the day on a gorgeous yacht with full on Kiwi hospitality? Russell and crew hosted our family of four on an unforgettable, blissful day cruise during the Christmas break. The whole experience was professional, charming and the food was outstanding. Worth every penny! Thank you Russell
Written 27 January 2021
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Julieta M
New Zealand5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
Definitely an amazing experience, sailing experience was cool loved the ride was very fun!
Friendly staff and the food was great
Highly recommended! 🌟
Written 22 January 2021
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KiwiMermaid
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
VERY unprofessional!!!! It said on their site that they were SOLD OUT, but on a hunch I checked BookMe and bought 2 tickets through them as sometimes there are unsold seats. We drove in from another town and approximately 20 minutes before we were supposed to board I received a call that we were the only two bookings and they were cancelling!!!!!! Get this, we go out on another boat that was just leaving and have a fabulous time...coincidentally, who do we see but "KISS" anchored in a cozy Russell bay with sail bags on a messy deck that in no way had been prepared for passengers and mommy and puppy dog frolicking upon the shore. I cant be sure, but it appeared they had been there quite awhile. The trip wasn't "cancelled", they apparently never had any intention of going and just failed to let their other vendor sights know not to book them. I had emailed them not once but twice during the day with not even the courtesy of a response! They did not notify us until we were literally heading to the wharf after driving in and re-arranging our entire schedule to make it on time. They actually tried to upsell us and get us to spend an additional $140 on another trip the next day, which by the way was packed.
No thanks.
Written 17 January 2021
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sandymJ3654HO
Wellington, New Zealand28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 • Friends
Why a lovely couple Russell and Karen. They made this a wonderful evening for us. Amazing what delights they can cook up in a small galley kitchen. Or course you can’t go wrong with the views and although it was a slightly cooler evening, Russell navigated us to a lovely sheltered bay for dinner.
Written 15 January 2021
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HI Sandy, Im a better chef than book keeper........... Thank you so much for the kind review. Yes cruising the bay certainly with a chardonnay in hand - dinner at the black rocks is a lovely evening. All the best , Russell and Karen
Written 23 January 2021
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Michael M
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We had a great evening, a few drinks and delish lamb dinner. We could also do a spot of fishing while our food was being cooked.
Written 7 January 2021
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Thanks Michael. We did find a great spot- i will remember it. Thanks for the time to review
Written 8 January 2021
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