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Windborne is a 62 ft. gaff rigged topsail schooner that has been sailing the oceans of the world since 1928. A vessel of great character, charm strength and comfort, she was rebuilt in New Zealand in 1981 to combine the finest of seafaring...more
Suggested duration: More than 3 hours
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Whitianga 3510, New Zealand
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+64 274 752 411
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a blast on The Windborne with the wonderful Avon as our host and Mikaela who made sure we had everything we needed-she was so sweet. Knowledgeable and funny, Avon made this trip a fantastic way to spend an evening on the water. I...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank rayjaybossmama
AvonH24, Owner at Windborne Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thankyou. Whitianga has lots of eye candy and seeing it from the water on an old topsail schooner does tend to highlight it. Glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The windborne is a boat to fall in love with, so are Avon and Mihi. Laid back skipper, with heaps of experience,which he is happily sharing, with a delightful first mate, doing a perfect job looking after the passengers with some coffee/ tea and biscuits...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MrJin
AvonH24, Owner at Windborne Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thankyou Mr Jin I knew I should get serious counseling before buying an old boat but thats what happens when you fall in love with them. Thankyou.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yesterday we joined friends on Windborne on what was the most beautiful of days that was perfect for sailing. Having been working very hard for weeks to take a day out around Historic Mercury Bay was a joy to behold. Conditions were perfect for sailing...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank DavidinNZ
AvonH24, Owner at Windborne Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thankyou DavidinNZ Glad to be the charger of your batteries.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We weren’t really sure what to expect with this day out, but we had a super time cruising with Avon and Michaela. The day we went out was windy and with quite a swell, but Avon found us a perfect spot that was sheltered where...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank PipL822
AvonH24, Owner at Windborne Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks Pip What a lovely bunch of young ladies from Wellington you were. Hope you can bring the girls back one day for another sail.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We highly recommend Captain Avon and Michaela for a wonderful day out on the water. We are a family of four with one young adult and one teenager who both thoroughly enjoyed the day. Great stories from the Captain:). The trip will be a highlight...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jennifer S
AvonH24, Owner at Windborne Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thankyou JensterMoi for your lovely remarks. Nice to know we were one of the stars in your NZ adventure. Avon & Mihi

Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Went for a day sail o this beauty. Sails so well and has the best crew. Keep up the good vibes you guys. Kör i vind

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Niklas B
AvonH24, Owner at Windborne Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2018

Thanks Niklas. Hope you have a great christmas full of eye candy.

Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

I spent my birthday out with avon and a bunch of friends. Avon is an amazing captain with so much knowledge on sailing and some awesome stories. Michaela is the coolest first mate too! I highly recommend taking a trip out with these guys.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank hesinhotwater
AvonH24, Owner at Windborne Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2018

Cheers Hesinhotwater Great way to spend a birthday.

Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Sailing on Windborne is the most beautiful & exciting way to experience Mercury Bay. Captain Avon & Michaela are gracious, informative hosts and the adventure begins the minute you step on board! Avon knows every inch of the bay and took us to charming Horseshoe...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank BecksMu
AvonH24, Owner at Windborne Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 12 December 2018

Thanks BecksMu I may need to order a larger hat.

Reviewed 11 December 2018

We had a fabulous day with Avon and Mihaela. The windborne is a classic sailing vessel and truly unique way to experience Mercury Bay and the coast of Coromandel. We anchored at a beautiful crystal clear bay not accessible by land for lunch and took...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank blairmu
AvonH24, Owner at Windborne Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2018

Thanks Blairmu Horseshoe Bay is almost big enough for Windborne.

Reviewed 11 December 2018 via mobile

Lovely People, great experience for both people who love sailing and people who have never been out on the sea before!

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Lotta K
AvonH24, Owner at Windborne Charters, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2018

Thanks Lotta Glad you enjoyed the day on the sea.

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