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Windborne Charters

Whitianga, New Zealand
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About Windborne Charters
Windborne is a 62 ft. gaff rigged topsail schooner that has been sailing the oceans of the world since 1928. A vessel of great character, charm, strength and comfort, she was rebuilt in New Zealand in 1981 to combine the finest of seafaring traditions with the comfort and safety of the 21th century.
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Sheryl M wrote a review Feb 2021
Whangaroa, New Zealand3 contributions
I enjoyed a great day trip out to the greater Mercury Island on Windborne. She is a beautiful gaff- rigged schooner built in 1928. Skipper Avon is a mine of information and stories, is extremely knowledgeable with a great sense of humour, very entertaining and fun. His very hospitable Partner Mikaela provided lunch and plenty of snacks. I have been out on similar charters but the standard of food on Windborne far surpassed any other, really prepared with care, and delicious! Not a lot of wind on the way out but a sea breeze got up and we had a lovely sail back to the wharf. A lovely memory to have, I felt this was very good value for money.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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melanie l wrote a review Jan 2021
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An amazing day. We did a cruise past cathedral cove and then into a small sheltered bay, with our 3 kids. Once anchored We were able to snorkel and/or paddleboard into a cave/blowhole and then we relaxed on the boat having lunch and getting to know Avon and Mikaela. The water was clear and loads of fish to see. Both Avon and Mikaela were incredible hosts, very easy to chat too and clearly passionate about the ocean. Nothing was too much trouble and it was just a fun and unforgettable experience. It was not unlike a picture from a travel brochure, picture perfect blue water, a beautiful old sail boat, and people swimming, drinking and eating in the sun.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Shimoda63 wrote a review Jan 2021
Waitakere City, New Zealand23 contributions15 helpful votes
We loved our evening sail ‘round Mercury bay; perfect end to a summer’s day. Thanks Avon & Mikaela for having us on board your rather wonderful’Windborne’! 😀
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Jan G wrote a review Feb 2020
Channel Islands, United Kingdom7 contributions1 helpful vote
A super day out on a lovely old topsail schooner. Professionally run, lovely food and snacks, wonderful wildlife and lots of laughs.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from AvonH24, Owner at Windborne Charters
Responded 25 Feb 2020
Thanks Jan Glad you enjoyed the sharks. Avon.
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Chuck wrote a review Feb 2020
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Avon & Mihaela are great hosts making everyone aboard feel welcome. The lunch was wonderful. This day sail is a must do when the Whitianga area!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from AvonH24, General Manager at Windborne Charters
Responded 4 Feb 2020
Thankyou rapraven, glad you enjoyed the day and Yes Mihaela produces tasty treats from the Galley.
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