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“RnR 'We can show you what others only dream about!' NOT”
Review of RnR Charters

RnR Charters
Ranked #5 of 13 things to do in Mangawhai
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Owner description: RnR Charters Ltd operates from the tranquil beach resort of Mangawhai Heads in Northland, New Zealand. Mangawhai is located about 60 minutes drive from Auckland Harbour Bridge. RnR Charters Ltd specialises in exclusive trips to the Mokohinau Islands, Hen and Chicken Islands and Little Barrier and Great Barrier Islands. Mangawhai is very well situated for easy access to world class fishing, game fishing, diving and sightseeing.If you are looking for a cruise or sea tour to provide you with memories to treasure, book a trip on RnR.
Christchurch, New Zealand
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“RnR 'We can show you what others only dream about!' NOT”
Reviewed January 28, 2014

Being a fishing family I have fished for nearly 40 years. I have been on many charters both North and South islands plus we own our own boat.

January 2014 we decided to give RnR Charters a go so we did a half day [5 hours] charter. This was enough time to get out to the Hen n Chicks allowing 3 ½ to 4 hours actually fishing. In total we had 7 fisher persons on board from 2 different groups.

The Positives - RnR boat is lovely and comfortable to fish from, having the family with me the amenities were great. Steph was very helpful and made teas and coffees when needed. The day was perfect all conditions were perfect.
The Negatives – We had 7 people fishing on the boat, too many to do quality fishing, far too congested. Would recommend 4-5 people max. Wayne did his job but didn’t real do anything special. Fishing was poor, total boat catch for 7 people was 6 snapper and a few other misc fish. Some people didn’t catch a snapper all day. RnR could have done better looking for fish but sat in one spot too long.
Value for money = 5/10, service 6/10, fishing quality 3/10 boat and amenities 8/10. Would try another charter before we went back to RnR.

RnR say 'We can show you what others only dream about!' I dont think so or if they do we did not feel that.

Visited January 2014
2 Thank steve c
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Stef R, Owner at RnR Charters, responded to this review, April 2, 2014
“RnR 'We can show you what others only dream about!' And we stand by that.
The half day trip referred to was done during the Xmas break, a very busy time on the water, with many other boats about and most fishing people are aware that the fish can be very wary during these periods.
We find it best with just a few hours to fish at this time of year to not move about all over the place hunting for more and more fish, but to stay where the fish are already biting and rely on people to have fun, and enjoy having the experience of being on the water, having a fish, while we look after them, baiting hooks, making cups of tea etc. It is the holiday season after all.
Sadly, on occasion, there are people aboard who just do not catch a fish...no matter how the fish are biting....and that's fishing! But there were plenty of fish caught that day, besides the Snapper.

Time to the destination was 45 min each way, so leaving three and a half hours fishing time and we did give more time gratis.
Running a business is not like jumping in your own boat and heading out for a fish. A trip has to be cost effective and making up the numbers for this is how we can continue to be available to take people fishing during the Xmas break when there are short notice inquiries. Unfortunately, we only have one vessel, we cannot conjure up a bigger one to suit individuals. Our vessel is surveyed to take ten people plus crew, so seven is well below this threshold.
Our core business is taking mad keen fishos out to the Mokohinau islands and overnight cruises to Gt Barrier Island throughout the year, we have been doing that very successfully since 1997.
We would invite Mr Conway to come try this, this is where we excel. Xmas time fishing locally, is not the time to expect quality fishing, but rather a fun day out on the water and a feed to take home.
We are sad to hear this customer did not enjoy his half day out to the Chicks with us, we would have appreciated knowing that on the day, rather than leave not saying anything. Thank goodness we were signed up to Trip Advisor or we would never have known.
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