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“Great way to spend an evening Auckland”

Explore - Harbour Dinner Cruise
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Owner description: Immerse yourself in Auckland’s harbour setting with dinner on the water. Soak up the city atmosphere from the peace of the harbour waters. Glide past the city as it lights up and watch the sun set over the inner harbour…
Reviewed May 31, 2012

The good news is that we experienced incredibly warm weather during our winter visit to Auckland, the bad news is that there was absolutely no wind to help sail our boat.

So unfortunately we didn't get the full sailing experience on the beautiful "Defiance," named after one of the America's Cup boats. We ended up motoring along the harbor more than anything else, but it still gave us an absolutely gorgeous view of Auckland by night.

Our dinner, served below decks, is catered by the famous, fine-dining restaurant Kermadac in Auckland. The meal, although we did not get to choose our menu, was very good despite the fact that within our group we had several food allergies.

Even though this excursion was booked well in advance, we were not told until late in the day of the designated tour date that the company tried to reach us to ask what we would like to eat. They tried to contact us at our hotel. If you're being a good tourist like we were, you would not be in your hotel room waiting for a call, you'd be exploring the city. So within our group, there was a lot of plate swapping going around so everyone could eat what they weren't allergic to. Nevertheless, an amazing meal. I don't know who's to blame, the travel agency? The tour company? I suggest that you take it upon yourself to give them a call to find out what is on the menu.

Beer, wine and champagne are available for purchase on board the ship. If it's too chilly, or wet, they provide you with large ponchos. One small restroom on board.

Overall a very good experience.

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nzl4041, Marketing & Communications Executive at Explore - Harbour Dinner Cruise, responded to this reviewResponded June 6, 2012

We appreciate your review and it’s great to hear you had a great time onboard Defiance. In regards to the menu and the ordering of your meals, we are sorry to hear that this was not suitably organised. Our procedure is to reconfirm your menu choice on the day of sailing but should be ordered at the time of booking. If meals are not ordered at the time of booking the agent should have established that the customer is responsible for making contact with us to order their meal prior to the day of departure. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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Reviewed May 23, 2012

This is a great Auckland attraction, a great place to go for dinner and not massively expensive either. You arrive at the Aucklands Viaduct area and board the Pride of Auckland custom built dinner Yacht, the staff are friendly and very professional and the food is very good.

You motor over to the mooring Westhaven Marina to have dinner served, as you would expect on dining on a yacht, when you go below elbow room is at a premium, but it's still a great experience.

A sail out into the Harbour and under the Auckland bridge is good, the only criticism I would make is that if you've sailed before this part can seem very short and not so exciting, but for many others it is a real treat.

A suggestion I would make is possibly more guest participation, grab a handle, pull this rope, help hoist the mainsail etc. this would take it up a notch for anyone hands on like me.

1  Thank Simon J
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Reviewed March 12, 2012

Our company runs New Zealand motorcycle tours and this year as a treat we decided to arrange a special farewell dinner for our guests aboard the Pride of Auckland yachts.

Experience NZ who run this attraction didn't dissapoint, the crew were wonderful and thanks to a favourable wind the sailing didn't dissapoint. We sailed straight under the Auckland harbour bridge at sunset before coming about and heading back to Aucklands famous Viaduct Harbour.

If you want to do something special give this a go.

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Reviewed January 26, 2012

We had a wonderful evening aboard the Pride of Auckland. An excellent meal eaten in calm waters, below decks was followed by a sail on the Harbour in amazingly wet conditions. Staff were efficient and courteous, and the drenching was well worth it.

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