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About Explore Group
Feel the thrill of sailing an authentic America's Cup yacht. Take the helm to help steer on course or work hard on the grinders to hoist the mainsail during this hands on sailing adventure on Auckland's Waitemata Harbour.
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Awesome day sailing with these guys, fabulous crew and a fun day in one of the worlds most beautiful harbour ports. We were on a cruise and this was the perfect port excursion, a short walk to the marina from the ship for a lovely...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kate M
Reviewed 5 days ago

Off our cruise ship and onto "NZ 68" for a great morning of sailing on Auckland harbour. Both my wife and myself had a great time steering the boat, grinding on the winches and enjoying the experience. The crew were very friendly, informative and encouraged...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LukeRos
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My partner and I had a fabulous time on this dinner cruise. The food was amazing and so were the crew, of Connor, Connor and Devon. They were very informative, answered all questions and most of all FUN, which made for an enjoyable evening. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Bobbie R
ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Bobbie R. Thank you so much for sending through your lovely review, we really appreciate it! We're so glad you enjoyed your time on our Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise. Sounds like you really made the most of the whole experience! I'll be sure to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They cancelled the match race (claimed their boat was broken), and processed a refund two days later, after I rejected their other options (cramming into another boat packed with 30 people leaving at same time, and trying for their next scheduled trip the following week,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi hvnair. Sorry to read that you were left disappointed from your experience with us. Unfortunately boats do break down from time to time, and this was unluckily the case for when you were booked on. This is very rarely the case! It's just as...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I had the most amazing experience on this dinner cruise! The crew were all AMAZING! So kind, informative, and fun! The meal was really good too. Everything is served in a bowl (for the main courses) so it is easy to eat...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank PrickelyPear
ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi PrickelyPear. We're so glad to read you and your wife enjoyed coming out on our Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise. Thanks so much for taking the time to write in your review and for recommending us to others. We really appreciate the kind feedback 😊

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sailing on this yacht was very enjoyable and the crew were friendly and knowledgeable. There was a safety briefing on arrival followed by history of the yacht, as we left the harbour. It was then possible to have an active part in raising the sails...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Sightseer603505
ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Sightseer603505 Thanks so much for sending through your lovely review, i'll be sure to pass on your kind words to Issy and the crew. We're glad you enjoyed your time out sailing with us! ⛵😊

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We are sailors back home in San Francisco and decided that a sailing outing on our first day in Auckland after a 14 hour overnight flight would be just the thing to get us in the mood. The boats are modified for landlubbers with safety...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank pnjaban
ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi pnjaban. Glad to hear you enjoyed your time out sailing with us! I'd have to agree getting out on the water is a great way to beat any form of jet lag! Thanks for taking the time to send through your review and for...More

Reviewed December 12, 2018

Awesome experience, full of adrenaline, fantastic views and a lot of fun. Recommended in a sunny day.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ampueroochoa
ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi ampueroochoa. We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your time out sailing with us. Thanks for taking the time to send through your review, we really appreciate it 😊

Reviewed December 9, 2018 via mobile

You will be totally disappointed. The staff are amazing, the food was top notch. Everything was great. Smiles all around, get welcome. Even the ladies on the phone taking the booking were a pleasure to deal with. I’m sorry in today’s world of sh*tty service...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Aklguy
ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

😂😂😂 We're sorry you had such a great time, please come on board with us again and we'll strive to do better next time!

Reviewed December 5, 2018

We were looked after by the crew from beginning till the end. The weather wasn't the greatest but they did everything to make the experience memorable. Even those of us who were a bit scared initially warmed up to the experience and wished we could...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank charmaigneb2017
ExploreGroup, Marketing Communications Specialist at Explore Group, responded to this reviewResponded December 10, 2018

Hi Charmaigne B. Thanks for leaving us such a lovely review, we're glad you and the team had a great time despite the weather conditions! Thanks for celebrating your Christmas pasty with us, it was great to have you all on board 🎅🤶⛵

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shaundevine2018
February 17, 2018|
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Response from DonnaB4171 | Reviewed this property |
Hi, the weather in late August is still a bit chilly, however you would be travelling in the off peak season which means less crowds and a more personalised tour. New Zealand is a beautiful place to visit in any season and... More
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applemay2017
November 17, 2017|
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Response from edith1603 | Reviewed this property |
These yachts are a completely different type experience from dinghies... Best really ask Explore about time of day. It can vary depending on the time of year. I would go for the race experience...gives the experience an edge.
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Michael W
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Good refund policy for weather. I booked through bookme . co . nz And got the trip for $99.00. Worth every cent loved it....
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