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“Relaxed sailing with great people” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Phantom Sailing

Phantom Sailing
Public Wharf, Russell, New Zealand
0800 224 421
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Ranked #1 of 17 Attractions in Russell
Type: Boat Tours, Sightseeing Tours
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Owner description: A day out on Phantom gives you a chance to get away from the crowds. This is adventure, relaxation and scenic beauty all in one with the personal atmosphere created by your hosts, Rick and Robin. Enjoy a great home cooked lunch amongst the beauty of the islands on this great owner- operator boat.
Sheffield, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Relaxed sailing with great people”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Contacted Rick and Robin well in advance of our trip as we were keen to go sailing over the Xmas 2012 period. Because of the (poor) weather on the day we'd booked we had to move our trip a day later, but that was easily arranged and no problem at all.

If you just want to sit back and watch the marvellous Bay of Islands scenery glide by, this is fantastic. We stopped for a swim and visit to a deserted beach, then got back on the boat for a delicious lunch. It was really interesting to chat to Rick and Robin, and the other guests on the same trip, about the boat, sailing, New Zealand, and just about anything else.

Thanks for a great trip, which we'd love to do again if we're back in the Bay of Islands.

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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
Thank you so much for taking the time to review the trip. It was a pleasure to have the two of you on board and share our beautiful bay. Your comments make us feel that we are doing what we set out to do. Thanks again for contributing to this day!
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Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand
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“Fantastic cruise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Friendly and welcoming, the crew of the phantom made us feel safe and at home straight away. We had a great day despite some questionable weather. Would thoroughly recommend this trip to anyone visiting the area

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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
We really appreciate your comments and taking the time to review the day with us. We're glad when families can share a relaxed day together on Phantom - feels like we're doing something right. Thanks so much!!
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Auckland, New Zealand
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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“great day sailing in safe hands!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

You cannot go wrong on this day out if you get the weather to suit, Friendly and informed people in charge care for all abilities starting at nil? Good mix of people on my trip and I am awaiting the picture of me with my two new Argentinian girlfriends. No more Malvinas disputes! I am a Brit .
Jeff W

Visited December 2012
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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
Thanks so much for writing this review. You were fun to sail with and we really enjoyed your company!!
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Russell, New Zealand
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“Relax sailing day with Rick & Robin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Rick and Robin picked me from Russel wharf to go across the bay in their boat. It was a beautiful sunny day. Very relaxing. We saw lot of dolphins jumping around the boat -Lucky us! Seemed to like their spectators. Robin is such a great cooker. She prepared a yummy lunch. We stopped in an island from which you have a panoramic view. You can swim back to the boat if you keen, or jump from it! You can bring your wine and drink while having a chat with Rick & Robin. They will be happy to share their experiences around the seas. They speak Spanish and have many adventures to share. Personally I highly recommend it. Thanks so much for that unique experience! Gracias!

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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
Thank you for that lovely review. We enjoyed being able to take you on the boat and the day was perfect - sunshine, dolphin encounters and great company. That's what a day sailing should be! Thanks for being part of it!!
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Alice Springs, Australia
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“Best Day in the Bay of Islands”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

We just loved this excursion! Rick and Robin are wonderful hosts... From the bits and pieces of history...to the deluxe homemade lunch... with a full day of sailing. I rarely recommend excursions or tours, but this one is a huge cut above the rest.

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Robin B, Owner at Phantom Sailing, responded to this review, December 29, 2012
Thank you so much for writing your review of the day on Phantom. We really enjoyed your company and appreciate the diversity of guests that come along with us to share the beauty of the Bay and a relaxed and informed way of passing the day. Thanks again!
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