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“Great Day” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vigilant Yacht Charters

Vigilant Yacht Charters
1 Manawaora Road, Russell 0272, New Zealand
+(64)21372271
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Owner description: Capture the magic of this classic single mast yacht as you sail around the aquatic playground of the bay of islands. Design your own day, your own custom built adventure, aboard this 14 meter fully equipped yacht which offers you the very best in quality, comfort and safety and where your experienced skipper and crew are on board to ensure you have a day to remember.
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great Day”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

We had a brilliant day out on the Vigilant yacht and would recommend it to all visiting the Bay of Islands. Tim and David were fantastic and made sure we had fun throughout.
Would 100% recommend doing this over the very commercial equivalent trips from the larger operators. We had 12 people on the boat and were able to help out with the sailing also.
Again, brilliant trip that was also great value for money.

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vigilant13, Owner at Vigilant Yacht Charters, responded to this review, February 16, 2015
Thank you very much, Many great days during the summers months, Been blessed with good weather :)
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“An Excellent Sailing Adventure”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013 via mobile

Did a full day sailing with Nic and his crew on our last day in Paihia for the Labour Day Weekend-a really great end to our time away!
Nic and his crew were welcoming and friendly throughout the day answering all our silly little questions and giving us an insight into the area at every opportunity which really added to the experience out on the bay!
We were lucky enough to come across both dolphins AND Orcas on our sailing trip along with some penguins which was a truely awesome sight!
The boat itself is a beauty and the guys also hand over the reigns to let you have a go at sailing if your up for the challenge!
I would definitely recommend choosing it over the many dolphin charters available for more than few good reasons....the dolphin charters are jam packed whereas we sailed on a busy weekend with a full house of 12 plus the crew. The smaller numbers meant we could all relax on deck, take in the sights and be in earshot for all the snippets of information on the area. We saw penguins, dolphins AND Orca whales which was pretty amazing and the big one-the crew shut off the engine and we sailed the entire journey home...exactly what sailing the Bay of Islands is all about!!

So a bit of an essay-but it really is great value for money and a great day out for old, young and everybody in between especially now that the Summer months are upon us!!
(I also forgot to mention we got a great lunch on board of yummy sandwiches and heaps of fresh fruit!!!)

Amy

Visited October 2013
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vigilant13, Owner at Vigilant Yacht Charters, responded to this review, December 9, 2014
Wow I loved your essay! Really nice for you to have said so much. We have the Orca back in town at the moment. Very special creatures
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“Great day out.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

I went for a sailing day with Nik and Kit last weekend. They made me feel very welcome and we were able to be as involved as much or as little as possible. Smaller amount of people on this yacht mean you can have great input into what you want to see and do. Felt well looked after by life long locals. Thanks for a great day out.

Visited October 2013
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vigilant13, Owner at Vigilant Yacht Charters, responded to this review, December 9, 2014
Thanks Jane,

I do love showing off Home to others. It never gets boring :)
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“Beautiful scenery, Good vibes and a fun, friendly, knowlegeable crew”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013

Last week I went on a 4 day road trip around the Northlands and this trip on Vigilant was the best tour we went on.
We set sail from Russell then headed to a small beautiful island to relax and climb to the summit. After a wee swim we set sail and encountered 3 massive wild Dolphins that decided to follow close to the boats bow as we sailed along. It was incredible. We also seen Penguins and Gannetts.
Nick and Kip were very friendly, approachable and knowledgeable about the Bay of Islands. They helped create a warm, relaxed atmosphere to accommodate the beautiful scenery.
I would recommend this trip for everyone. I went with my partner but I cant see why it wouldn't be suitable for anyone.

Cameron

Visited October 2013
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vigilant13, Owner at Vigilant Yacht Charters, responded to this review, December 9, 2014
Agreed, good times had by all. It really is a pleasure taking new people to the area sailing.

Thanks for joining us :)
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Tauranga, New Zealand
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“Best Day out”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

We went out on the Vigilant Yacht on 3rd Oct 2013. It was the best day out we have had in a long time. The crew gave wonderful service and were most informative about the area. Nothing was too much trouble. Lunch was provided as part of the trip.

Loved it.
Faye Diprose

Visited October 2013
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vigilant13, Owner at Vigilant Yacht Charters, responded to this review, December 9, 2014
Yes we are blessed with fair weather sailing up here. Northland summers can be heaven :)
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