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“Fantastic day out” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Explore- Sail Lion New Zealand - CLOSED

Explore- Sail Lion New Zealand
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Owner description: Experience a full day sailing adventure on the legendary ocean going maxi yacht. Feel the thrill of taking the helm that Sir Peter Blake once steered on course. Join the crew in sailing this great vessel around the spectacular scenery of the Bay of Islands...
Wien, Österreich
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Fantastic day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

Nice crew, everyyhing well organized. Sailing, lunch bresk at an island with kayaking, snorkeling, hiking and/or swimming. Dolphins on our way home. Absolutely recommended.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Memorable day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 17, 2014 via mobile

We took the full day sailing trip offered by Explore on the 80' ocean sailing yacht Lion New Zealand, skippered by Tom and Mikey and it was fantastic. The weather was good - 25 degrees and low wind in the morning, so we varied the programme and spent time cruising, swimming, kayaking, snorkelling and hanging out on the beautiful Robertson Island. This is the way to see the bay of Islands. After a delicious lunch, the real sailing began with the advent of a welcome sea breeze, and we sailed for hours of real fun, each one offered the chance to steer the helm, or pull the sails up and down. It was exhilarating, fun and fantastic value. A real highlight of our trip, thanks to some great leadership from Tom, and good support by Mikey and Sam. Well done. We were fortunate that in such sun, most of us had light clothing. We felt for the crew with their black corporate clothing, who, whilst very smart, were not as comfortable as the rest of us, in view of the strength of the sun.

Visited March 2014
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Thank Mike J
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Nailsea, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
“Sailing on Lion New Zealand”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

Fantastic day out. Was great for us yachties and equally for our non sailing wives. Full day sailing from Paihia and Russell. Encouraged to participate in the "grinding" of the winches and with steering but no pressure for those who just wished to sit on deck in the sun. Beach stop whilst the crew prepared a nice lunch. Then on with the sailing around the Bay of Islands. All very convivial. Thanks to the crew for their welcome and hospitality.

Visited March 2014
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Thank Mike S
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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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2 reviews
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“Dolphin swimming, Lion NZ Yacht day - The best COMBO”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2014

Start the day by searching for Dolphins, if you are lucky the chance to swim with them. A magical experience as they dance and leap in the air above you. Then just when you need lunch you are taken by an inflatable boat to the yacht once sailed by the famous NZ yachtsman Sir Peter Blake. There is a sense of history as you step aboard and the crew demonstrate true kiwi hospitality with lunch all ready. You are even allowed to take the helm, try grinding, or you can relax with a beer in your hand and soak in the surroundings. If you are short on time in the Bay of Islands this tour fits the bill and absolute value for money. The crew also focus on your safety at all times and get the message across in an effective and fun way. This day is a MUST DO.

Visited March 2014
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Edmonton, Canada
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Exactly what a tour should be”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2014 via mobile

You should take this tour. You will be awed by the beauty of the many islands and the sailing. 7.5 hours is a perfect amount of time for this tour. A one-hour beach time is also included to let you do what you prefer: kayaking, snorkeling, hiking to beautiful vistas, swimming, or just laying in the sun. A delicious lunch is also served. The skippers are experienced, interesting, and fun.

Visited February 2014
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