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“Best day, Most fun, Greatest value”

Te Kaihau Yacht Charters day trips
Wellington, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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“Best day, Most fun, Greatest value”
Reviewed January 1, 2014 via mobile

Family of 6, that is made up of 2 adults, two teens and two pre-teens (youngest being 7). Kids got to steer, sail, snorkel, jump from the yacht. I got to lay in the sun and relax. Great memories of my youngest steering the yacht at its fastest, and also leaping from the boat into a beautiful green sea when we'd anchored.

Tom is a great host, skipper and professional, engaging the kids, providing lunch and drinks and making sure every part of it was fun for everyone. Along the way we were joined by dolphins in a completely natural way, not following or chasing or crammed into the many dolphin watch boats that we've seen in the bay. They followed us, we didn't need to chase them or spend Hours trying to spot them.

The fun starts at the beach in taking the motor boat to the Te Kaihau yacht, and from there we went faster and further than any other charter. You choose how involved you want to be in taking the yacht to where it is heading and back again. My kids took turns in steering, and the arms length approach of Tom let them really feel like they were the skipper of the fastest yacht in the Bay of Islands.

With flippers and snorkelling gear provided, we all dived into to the water at one of the bays and saw rays, fish and simply enjoyed an unrushed, relaxing but exciting time. We started before 10am, we came back at nearly 5pm and it flew past.

In summary, there's a lot charters and boating trips on offer in the Bay of Islands, this is the best by far. Incredible value, even for a family of 6, and a great day out for every age. Do it.

Visited January 2014
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Tom R, Owner at Te Kaihau Yacht Charters day trips, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
thanks for your great review and to see your family having having a great time makes it worth the effort cheers
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Tokoroa, New Zealand
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Best day charter BOI”
Reviewed December 25, 2013

This was by far the best sailing trip we have done. The yacht is very stable and very fast. We sailed twice as far as any other charter we have been on. It was great fun and we helped to sail and steer the whole day. My wife is a reluctant sailor but she really enjoyed it. Tom is a keen and competent sailor and a very friendly guy. This is an excellent trip for keen sailors and non-sailors alike. The lunch was excellent too! We will be back!

Visited December 2013
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Tom R, Owner at Te Kaihau Yacht Charters day trips, responded to this review, January 4, 2014
thanks guys its great to take people out who love sailing as the boats designer once said ive never seen anybody having more fun sailing slower than sailing faster and we did strike perfect weather for that day out
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Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
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“Perfect Day out on the Water”
Reviewed December 21, 2013

We just went out yesterday with Tom - had the best day - couldnt ask for more. I now have a very keen sailor for a husband- he had so much fun on the boat, learning about sailing and having a go (we were all complete novices). Tom also took good care of my Mum who has a bad back, she had a very comfortable ride. Great fun was had by all, stopped off for snorkelling along the way, cruising the beautiful bay, had a lovely lunch, home made cake for afternoon tea. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone. Thank you Tom- top genuine guy!

Visited December 2013
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Tom R, Owner at Te Kaihau Yacht Charters day trips, responded to this review, December 24, 2013
many thanks for your kind words so glad you and the folks had an enjoyable day out look forward to meeting up with you on the water 1 day now hubbys got the sailing bug just remember boats are a hole in the water you pour money into merry xmas happy new year cheers tom
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Menlo Park, California, United States
1 review
“Amazing Adventure”
Reviewed November 19, 2013

Words can't describe how great our day was with Tom. He came highly recommended and now we can do the same. He was absolutely friendly and genuine. We had a great day of very interactive sailing. Tom provided a nice lunch that was healthy and fresh. We were able to snorkel and he had great equipment. Hands down we would highly recommend Tom. Thanks for the memories!! Cheers from Cali!

Visited November 2013
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Tom R, Owner at Te Kaihau Yacht Charters day trips, responded to this review, November 28, 2013
hi guys so glad you enjoyed your day out on te kaihau i had a great day to one to remember cheers
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devon united kingdom
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“cheers Tom”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

what an amazing day, my wife and i chartered Tom & his boat for a day sail and it was blowing an absolute hoolie and raining heavy at times, a proper storm but tom took us out as were keen sailors and what a blast we had!!
Tom was a total treasure and treated us as friends and kept us warm with his yummy hock broth for lunch !!
Tom had such a great local knowledge that he was happy to share which really added to the experience, we cannot recommend Tom and his boat enough to other fellow travelers like us.
It made our time in the bay of islands very memorable, cheers Tom.

Visited November 2012
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Tom R, Owner at Te Kaihau Yacht Charters day trips, responded to this review, November 6, 2013
te kaihau loves a good breeze so its great when all the boxes get ticked and the wind gods look after you cheers
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