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Great Escape

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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...more
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Richardson Street, Opua 0200, New Zealand
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We had an absolutely amazing weekend away thanks to Julie and Bill. We took out the Noelex 25 and she was lovely - plenty of room inside, sailed really well and was easy to manage with two people. Julie and Bill gave us a good...More

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Julie K, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your review, we really appreciate you taking the time to do this. So glad you enjoyed your time aboard the Noelex 25; they are such fun boats for a weekend getaway. We look forward to having you come back and sail with...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely boat tbe raven 31, roomy inaide and sails really well. Great service and instruction both pre and post sail. We swam with dolphins!! ... or more to the point they swam with us. Take some tin foil and tape as there are no curtains...More

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Julie K, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, it is much appreciated. Yes, the Raven 31 is a great boat to sail and performs really well, very happy for you that you got to have a great dolphin encounter, .they are magnificent creatures to see in the wild...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Julie and Bill are lovely folks to deal with, very helpful and accommodating. Our instructor was awesome - patient, encouraging and extremely knowledgeable. The boat was great, beautifully maintained and a pleasure to sail. As an added bonus we encountered a pod of dolphins! We...More

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Julie K, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you very much for taking the time to write a review for us, it is much appreciated. We have been working hard over the winter months to ensure our boats are a pleasure to be aboard. So glad you had a great sailing holiday,...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a fantastic experience with Great Escape. Julie and our instructor Daryl were incredibly knowledgeable and made both the tuition and our own overnight sailing fun and exciting. Will definitely be back for more.More

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Julie K, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your review, we appreciate you coming to sail with us and spending the time to write a review. All our crew are extremely experienced sailors and we love to share our passion for the sport. We look forward to having you come...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Liaison was a well laid out boat and the service from Bill and Julie was top notch. Would recommend to anyone.

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks very much for your review and we appreciate the recommendation. So glad you had a great holiday aboard Liasion. We look forward to having you come to sail with us again in the future.

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...More

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GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 10 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.

Reviewed 25 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,...More

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GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 26 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...More

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.

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GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 18 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.

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....More

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GreatEscapeNorthland, Owner at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 17 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...More

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!

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Julie K, General Manager at Great Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 29 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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