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Fairwind New Zealand Yacht Charters. Main Wharf, Opua, Bay of Islands. Tel: +64 9 4027821 Mob: +64 274 789994


“We have chartered many yachts in NZ, Tonga and the Carribean. This was the best presented and most user friendly yacht of them all! Well done! Please don’t retire Queen Prisca. We would like to have her next year!” Robbins and Emslie families, Auckland - Beneteau 445, April 2017


“A great place to charter and sail. Lots of great anchorages. A nicely presented boat.” Kent family, Christchurch, NZ - Beneteau 405, April 2017


“Trouble free trip with family - another great trip! As usual the Bay provided beautiful experiences for family. The Easter weather was stunning.” Anne and Barry Ovens, Auckland - Lotus 10.6, April 2017


“Very comfortable boat. Easy to sail and well maintained. A pleasure to be on board.” Carrell family, UK - Beneteau 343, April 2017


“We had a really enjoyable time chartering for a three week period. Kim and Greta were available and very helpful, providing us with good briefing suggestions and the yacht was well prepared. A fantastic time and the best way to see the Bay of Islands. Thank you!” Wayne and Joan, Christchurch, NZ - Davidson 28, March 2017


“Lovely presented boat for its age. We had a great trip and wish we could have stayed longer.” The Wright team, NZ - Beneteau 405, March 2017


“Despite nearly continuous downpours and gale warnings during our four day charter,DD was such a well-found yacht that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and will probably be back for a longer session in future. But hoping for better weather!” Pau & co, South Island - Lotus 10.6, March 2017


“Great boat, nice people, one of the best sailing areas in the world!” Isa & Claudi, Germany - Beneteau 285, March 2017


“A well set up boat - I wish she were mine!” John and Tess, Scotland - Lotus 10.6, March 2017


“Amazing week! Different Drummer performs magically in all winds!” Emily and Adam, USA - Lotus 10.6, February 2017


“A super, trouble free week of sailing in a magical area.” Kumm family, UK - Beneteau 393, February 2017


“Very well equipped boat. Everything catered for. Instructions excellent - both from Kim and on board.” Steve and Liz, NZ - Beneteau 320, February 2017


“Excellent service. Very well found boat - one of the best we’ve chartered anywhere! We’ll be back!” Tim Saunders, Chester, U.K. - Elan 434, February 2017


“Excellent boat. Well kept and clean. Lines and sails in good condition. Outboard started first pull!! We charter oftenand this was a very high standard operation.” David and Melanie, British Columbia, Canada - Beneteau 343, February 2017


“Wonderful boat very well presented. We had the best week. Thank you.” The Passmores, Sydney (Botany Bay YC) - Beneteau 445, February 2017


“Lovely little boat - just right for two. Handles well and light on the helm.” Franc and Helen Tissier, UK - Davidson 28, February 2017


“A very good boat in spite of age. Good equipment.” Gunnar, Gunnar, Erik, Per Anders, Sweden - Beneteau 405, February 2017


“We enoyed our time on Alomar immensely. Kim and Greta at Fairwinds were helpful and professional, and enjoyable to work with. Thank you so much!” Brian and Jack, San Francisco - Beneteau 343, February 2017


“Very well equipped boat. Everything catered for. Instructions excellent - both from Kim and on board boat” Steve and Liz, NZ - Beneteau 320, February 2017


“Excellent service. A very well found boat - one of the best we’ve chartered anywhere! We’ll be back!” Tim Saunders, Chester, UK - Elan 434, February 2017


“Tough Life was our third Fairwind charter. We had a superb time and the entire charter process went very smoothly again!” Staples family, Auckland - Elan 434, February 2017


“The boat was supplied on time and all in working order. Suggested seven day itinerary was very good. Kim very helpful and knowledgeable. The best charter company we have dealt with (six previous charters in various parts of the world).” Rowe and Leguier, Bunbury, Western Austraila - Beneteau 405, January 2017


“A great sailing boat - very responsive. A fabulous sailing area - we’ll be back!” Dave and Jan, Okotoks, Canada - Beneteau 285, February 2017


“The boat was immaculately presented and was great to walk on and enjoy. Another wonderful charter.” Tapper family, Auckland - Beneteau 393, January 2017


“Wonderful friendly service and the boat was well kitted out for everything we needed. Kim and Greta were lovely people to deal with and we had a fantastic time.” Archibald family, Melbourne - Beneteau 445, January 2017


“A fabulous family holiday in paradise. Thank you Fairwind.” Thompson family, Tauranga - Beneteau 393, January 2017


“The best family holiday!” Blakey family, Auckland - Beneteau 320, January 2017


“Great trip in a wonderful cruising ground. So many nice bays with good holding. The Davidson 28 is a fabulous boat to sail and easy to handle - good sails too!” Bob and Cri, UK and Italy - Davidson 28, January 2017


“Although initial problems with the first rented boat, the charter company solved the problems excellently. The sailing was great, and we consider to come back another year. An excellent sailing experience!” Sundqvist family, Saltsjobaden, Sweden - Beneteau 393, January 2017


“In general, the boat was very well presented and equipped. This was our first outing with the kids and we couldn’t have chosen a better boat, location or charter company. All in all a fabulous week - everything sailing should be! Thanks very much!” Elliot family, Port Macquarie, Australia - Beneteau 320, January 2017


“Good, nice and informative briefing before takeoff. Very professional guidance and suggestion for itinerary. Well equipped boat with sufficient towels, toilet paper etc. We will recommend Fairwind Charters.” Breuner/Boisen, Aarhus, Denmark - Beneteau 285, January 2017


“All systems worked well. We enjoyed the hot water outdoor shower!” Rea family, Auckland - Lotus 10.6, January 2017


“Great boat and well organised by Kim and team. We had a week of awesome cruising in BoI and up to the Cavalli Islands. Thanks, and we’ll see you again!” Hyatt Brown Family, NZ - Beneteau 445, January 2017


“Highly recommended - an excellent holiday. Very easy boat to master!” Brett and Andrea, Auckland - Beneteau 285, January 2017


“Beautifully maintained boat and excellent service. Thank you for a spectacular lifetime memory!” Eva, Sean and Kyle, Colorado - Beneteau 393, January 2017

“Loved the boat. We had a great time. The boat was very well laid out - great to have window shades and curtians! Everything we needed for a great family sailing holiday.” Todd Family, Auckland - Beneteau 320, December 2016


“Really enjoyed our trip. The boat was great and the Bay of Islands fantastic. Beautiful sights everywhere we went.” Scherer family, Oshkosh, USA - Beneteau 405, December 2016


“An excellent trip - the boat was great. Thank you!” Gretchen and Eric, Seattle, USA - Beneteau 343, December 2016


“No problems - this is a very nice and well maintained yacht. A perfect charter.” The Cambridge crew, NZ - Beneteau 405, November 2016


“Boat was in great shape. Kim was a delight to work with. We will recommend fairwind Charters!” The Tate’s, Red Lodge, Montana - Beneteau 343, November 2016


“Great boat. Well appointed. Joy to sail. Easy to anchor.” Gav, KP & Mike, Auckland and UK - Beneteau 393, April 2016


“Very enjoyable few days. Boat well set up. Friendly shore staff. Great cruising area. Awesome trip.” Peter Galloway, UK - Beneteau 343, April 2016


“A wonderful trip with a good little boat (in which you feel safe even at 35 knots!) With a nice and professional staff. Thank you!  Nicolet and Gervais from Reunion Island - Davidson 28, March 2016


“Lovely boat for us as a couple. Sailed well and very comfortable and well equipped. The Hockeys, UK - Lotus 10.6, March 2016


“We al really enjoyed the charter. We were well briefed by Kim and Greta. Queen Prisca was good to sail and live on for our five days. Would be keen to do it again. The Bay of Islands is amazing and we have hardly touched it.” ‘Team Rangitikei Vets’, Bulls, NZ - Beneteau 445, March 2016


“Excellent boat. Very well prepared and presented. Great sailing. We will be back next year for sure!” Mike & Pat, Peter & Judith, Tauranga, NZ - Beneteau 320, March 2016


“If I could, I would sail her home! For a yacht of this size the design and finish is superb. We very much enjoyed sailing a yacht with so much character.” Jan and Gus, Scotland - Davidson 28, March 2016


“We had a fantastic time. The boat was very well equipped, the information on board was comprehensive and useful, the sailing was picturesque and the weather good. A remarkable trip!” Wills family, Foster, Australia - Beneteau 393, March 2016


“A wonderful sailing boat, extremely comfortable to live on and beautifully maintained and presented.” Whitely family, NZ - Beneteau 405, March 2016


“One of the most beautiful places we have ever been to and we have travelled and sailed a lot. The boat worked perfectly. The walks around the islands were exquisite - thank you NZ Government. The easiest anchoring going.” Grant family, Muskoka, Canada - Beneteau 320, March 2016


“Very well equipped boat, very good condition. Good sailing, enough battery and tank capacity. Very good anchoring equipment. Very relaxing sailing in a perfect area. Thank you!” Beneker, Germany - Beneteau 343, February 2016


“DD is an excellent sailer and well maintained. We had a great week.” Western family, UK - Lotus 10.6, February 2016


“Well prepared and fun boat for two to sail. Beautiful area. I appreciated the cleanliness and the thoughtful inclusion of extra details like salt, pepper, sugar etc. Wonderful boat.” Mick and Mary, Melbourne - Beneteau 285, February 2016


“Best family holiday ever! Everything was fantastic - lovely boat to stay on. Two families and plenty of room.” Clark and Ongley families, NZ - Beneteau 445, January 2016


“Finesse was a lovely little boat, perfectly suited to the two of us for seven days She was set up with everything we needed and more and we had a brilliant time cruising the Bay of Islands. So many amazing spots to explore, we’ll definitely be back!” Clare and Andrew, Melbourne - Beneteau 285, January 2016


“Another brilliant charter from you! We will definitely return again.” H Wilson and friends, NZ - Beneteau 405, January 2016


“Great boat. She handled beautifully in all breezes up to 35+. Kim was great. Boat outfitted beautifully and everything worked! Can’t wait to charter with Fairwind again.” Ben and Didi, Santa Monica, CA - Elan 434, January 2016


“Great holiday in the amazing Bay of Islands in a well designed and comfortable boat, all made easy by friendly helpful staff at Fairwind.” Jason and Alison, London - Beneteau 320, January 2016


“Fabulous holiday - thanks. The boat was well set up and very comfortable. We keep coming back for more!” The Tapper family, Auckland - Beneteau 393, January 2016


“Lovely little yacht. A great way to see the Bay of Islands for the first time.” The Witts, Auckland - Beneteau 285, January 2016


“We had a fabulous holiday. Tough Life is a lovely boat to sail and very well equipped. Even with three teenagers on board, we had enough room and enough water! Many thanks.” The Brown family, Singapore - Elan 434, December 2015


“Great team to deal with. Have chartered a lot, and this is a well-prepared, well-presented boat. Good  job!” Ayres family, Auckland - Beneteau 445, December 2015


“Awesome trip. Nice boat. No problems.” The Calhoun’s, New Mexico, USA - Beneteau 320, December 2015


Well prepared boat. Great helpful attitude from Kim. Good configuration for family4-6.” The VanSteels, Sydney - Beneteau 405, December 2015


“A great experience. Everything worked perfectly. Thanks!” ‘Cambridge Poms’, NZ - Beneteau 405, December 2015


“Lovely little boat boat. Well presented and equipped and great for a week or so’s charter around the Bay of Islands and coast. Very helpful staff and lots of detailed info provided prior to charter. The boat could use more storage for victuals, etc, which would be beneficial for longer charters. We’ve had a great week and Lane Cove, Whangaroa is our recommendation as an anchorage. Thanks to all at Fairwind.” Beth and Neil, Australia - Beneteau 285, November 2015


“All worked really well and we had the most enjoyable voyage around the Bay of Islands.” Andrew and Debbie, Sussex, U.K. - Beneteau 343, November 2015


“Three wonderful days on Finesse II in the Bay of Islands. Perfect boat in really good state. A pleasure to sail with such an easy boat.”  Bruno et Severine de France - Beneteau 285, October 2015


“Best condition charter boat we have hired. Good condition, well maintained, sails were great. Well equipped galley - exceptional! (A few more hooks and a mirror would be amazing).” Phil and crew, Auckland - Beneteau 343, April 2015


“Amazing time! Kim was very helpful! Queen Prisca sailed well and was very comfortable. We will definitely be back. Thank you from all of us - Nick, Ness, Victoria, Frazer, Fred, Sophie and Anna.” Nick Charles and crew from Auckland - Beneteau 445, April 2015


“We had a wonderful time aboard Different Drummer. The eather was amazing and the sailing great. We found the boat easy to sail and it had everything we needed” ‘Boatsams of the Pacific’ NZ - Lotus 10.6, April 2015


“Lovely trip. The boat was in good clean condition. I appreciated the friendly and helpful staff. Thanks.” Enns family, Canada - Beneteau 405, April 2015


“Kim, Greta and staff were very kind, courteous and attentive. Our yacht was very clean and well maintained. Thanks!” Burke and Denise, Denver, Colorado - Beneteau 393, April 2015


“We highly recommend Fairwind. Norm was extremely helpful and gave good clear instructions on how the boat worked. We loved the BoI and were delighted how quiet it was. Fantastic sailing weather in late March. Icing on the cake was a pod of dolphins that swam with us for an hour.” Robin and Sheila, France - Davidson 28, March 2015


“The boat was well prepared and ready. Communication from Fairwind all the way through the process has been excellent. We have had a great sailing experience.” Mayne party, NZ - Beneteau 320, March 2015


“Kim and Greta made the chartering process easy every step of the way. Great briefing before leaving the dock. Different Drummer is a fabulous boat to sail. Very well equipped and easy for two people to handle. She’s fast and stable. We had a great time. Thank you!” The Dunns, Encinitas, California - Lotus 10.6, March 2015


“Very efficient booking process, briefing and debriefing. Well presented boat, well equipped. Friendly family business!” David and Sally, Melbourne - Beneteau 405, March 2015


“Beautiful sailing grounds - among the most beautiful we’ve seen anywhere in the world!” The Strouds of Pasadena, USA - Lotus 10.6, March 2015


“The yacht performed well. Well maintained and a good amount of storage. All basic necessities on board. Very enjoyable yacht - good amount of room for two adults and two kids. Really enjoyed it!”  Wright family, NZ - Davidson 28, February 2015


“Very well equipped and excellently maintained charter boat. A fun simple boat to sail - we have enjoyed exploring the Bay of Islands in her.” K Bullock, UK - Beneteau 285, February 2015


“Great trip in a good boat with professional and friendly service.” Niclasen family, Greenland - Beneteau 393, February 2015


“What a wonderful place to cruise - we enjoyed every minute!” The Questos, Salt Spring Island, Canada - Beneteau 343, January 2015


“Nice solid boat, ideal of a couple for a few days. Well equipped. Beautiful cruising ground.” Dave and Suzanne, Poole, UK - Davidson 28, February 2015


“Very pleased with the boat. Everything worked well. A very enjoyable holiday.” Tapper family, Auckland - Beneteau 393, January 2015


“Fairwind Charters made our trip very easy and enjoyable!” The Lindermans, Australia - Beneteau 285, January 2015


“We really appreciated the friendly and professional service. The whole charter was smooth and easy. Kim is obviously very knowledgeable about the yachts being chartered.” Kevin and Juliet, Auckland - Lotus 10.6, January 2015


“The boat was excellent, very spacious and comfortable. We were made very welcome. A calm, thourough and professional briefing and atentive throughout.” Simpson family, UK - Beneteau 405, December 2015


“A wonderful time on a clean, well- equipped boat. Customer service was excellent!” Jean and John Weigent, Oregon, USA - Davidson 28, December 2014


“Boat in good condition compared to most charter companies. The kitchen utensels very good and a brilliant fridge. A great charter thank you very much.” The Grey family, Scotland - Beneteau 343, November 2014


“This yacht is in excellent condition for age.” Greg Ellers, South Australia - Beneteau 445, November 2015


“We had a wonderful time, despite a little rain. The boat was perfect for three couples.” Brown family, Hawaii - Beneteau 445, October 2014


“Boheme is a great boat, well fitted out and a pleasure to sail - we would recommend to anyone.” Greg, Dave and Bill from South Australia - Beneteau 405, March 2014


“Very thorough and succinct pre-sail briefing. Excellent people to deal with: experienced, flexible, friendly, great communication. Yacht well appointed and presented with near new sails. Can't wait to get back again to complete our cyclone abridged cruise." Kellys and Dawsons, Christchurch, NZ - Lotus 10.6, March 2014


"Well kitted out boat - but all doors need rubbers to stop rattling at night! Well maintained boat and a great place to sail. Reynolds of Sydney - Beneteau 285, March 2014


"Excellent boat. Spirited handling, amazing interior space, well appointed." Damian Stanford, NZ - Beneteau 343, March 2014


"Excellent affordable alternative local business. Well maintained yachts. Well equipped for local NZ conditions." Moffett family, Los Angeles - Beneteau 320, February 2014


"Really enjoyed working with you both. We will recommend to our friends." Kelly and Maria, Santa Cruz, California - Lotus 10.6, February 2014


"A great yacht which sails very well and is very comfortable to live aboard and enjoy the amazing beauty of the Bay of Islands." Bob and Sue, Canada - Elan 434, February 2014


"Well fitted out and cared for, thank you, so we enjoyed the Bay without fuss." Wendy, Rob and Elwyn Campbell, Australia - Beneteau 405, February 2014


"Awesome! Well appointed boat. Oli says that DD has her own personality! Thanks." Bateman family, Brisbane - Lotus 10.6, January 2014


"This is a very comfortable boat which, thanks to Bruce Farr, sails beautifully. Although she has some years, she has been very well maintained. A fabulous way to see this beautiful part of the world." Wyvill Family, Darwin - Beneteau 445, January 2014


"We have bareboated in many locations around the world and the Bay of Islands will always stand out in our memories - excellent uncrowded anchorages, secluded bays and open seas, weather and wildlife (including dolphins in the bowwave!). Would love to be able to return someday. Jonathan and Rosemary, Port Navas, Cornwall, UK - Elan 434, January 2014


"Great boat. Comfortable for six and well appointed. Very helpful briefing and written notes. Bimini over large aft deck excellent. Beautiful vistas and walks on Urupukapuka Island, and Paradise Bay was Paradise! "Six dinghy sailors from Eastbourne" Wellington, Beneteau 405, January 2014


"Fantastic service from Fairwind. We had an excellent time and found Alibi easy to handle in all conditions. Well serviced for an older yacht. Comfortable and reliable. Thank you Fairwind." Mike and Jo, Havelock North, NZ - Beneteau 320, January 2014


"The boat was perfect for our family of four. It performed well and was easy to sail. All systems worked well. A great holiday." Rea family, Auckland - Beneteau 343, January 2014


"Top sailing conditions made for a fantastic experience. We look forward to our next visit." Tilly family, Auckland - Lotus 10.6, January 2014


"Very satisfied. Greta and Kim are nice and professional. The boat was perfect. We will return!" Luiz Rosenfeld, Brazil - Elan 434, December 2013


"We had a great seven days (even with the odd drama - but you can't change the weather). Freewheeling wa a good boat for a couple. We had two friends join for two nights and it was still pretty comfy. Hopefully we'll be back again! Sharon and Chris, Auckland - Davidson 28, December 2013


"A tremendous trip and a proper yacht. Well thought out and sails well (although the fridge did stop working four days from end). Thank you for all your help and service!" Mark and Jace Rothwell, UK - Lotus 10.6, December 2013


"The Beneteau 32 is well set up for cruising. Very impressed with the condition of the boat and thoroughness of the briefing. The Bay of Islands and adjoining coast offers the best choice of sheltered and spectacular anchorages I have experienced." Steve Lamb, Australia - Beneteau 320, November 2013


"We found the domestic equipment the best ever for a charter boat. It was great to have all the pots, pans, tools and a teapot. Thanks for the attention to detail." Lindsley family, Brisbane and U.K. - Beneteau 405, November 2013


"Another great charter. We are looking forward to the next one already!" Neville and Jo, Wellington NZ - Beneteau 285, October 2013


"Fantastic trip! Well looked after boat and great service. We would recommend Fairwind to all." Tony and Linda Bonne, Whakatane, NZ - Beneteau 320, May 2013


"A magic time for four very happy sailors. Many thanks to Fairwind and our D28 and we hope we can charter again." Wanganui Collegiate School 59ers - Davidson 28, April 2013


"The whole experience was terrific - great charter company with friendly efficient service. The boat was well prepared and a pleasure to sail." "Sailors without Borders", Hobart, Tasmania - Elan 434, April 2013


"Fantastic trip. The boat well kitted out. Good advice from Kim on anchorages. Would recommend." Winearls family, UK - Beneteau 320, April 2013


"A fantastic time! Thank you for a great introduction to sailing. We look forward to seeing you again." Jim and Debbie, Auckland - Beneteau 285, March 2013


"The Davidson was a great little boat which had ample room for two persons. It sailed very well. We would certainly charter the Davidson from again in the future from Fairwind, who helped make it a great charter." Woodsy and Tuckers, Auckland - Davidson 28, March 2013


"The boat was very well set up. We love the fact that everything can be done from the cockpit - reefing etc. A fantastic boat in great order - everything works. A proper toilet and decent sized shower, great cabin ventilation and good lighting - we love the boat!" Peter and Donna, New Plymouth, NZ - Beneteau 343, March 2013


"A great holiday. Excellent service - highly recommend FairWind Charters. A very well equipped boat, especially the galley equipment" Jeff and Angela, Sydney - Beneteau 320, March 2013


"A clean and tidy boat which sailed well. We had a great few days and would thoroughly recommend Fairwind." Dalby, Orkney, U.K. - Davidson 28, March 2013


"Absolutely amazing trip. Different Drummer was a pleasure to sail and was setup with everything we needed. We'll definitely be back to explore the Bay of Islands further and will be using Fairwind again." Dan and Niamh, Hong Kong - Lotus 10.6, February 2013


"Great boat. Well equipped and well finished." The Patterson's, Auckland - Lotus 10.6, February 2013


"Very friendly and helpful service. The boat in good order and very well equipped." Tom and Jan Addis, Southsea, U.K. - Beneteau 343, February 2013


"Great boat, good service - thanks for a memorable holiday!" Banks family, NZ - Beneteau 320, January 2013


"We had a lovely time despite the weather (23-35 knot winds the last four days). It was a lovely boat, very comfortable and perfect for our honeymoon. Thank you." David and Cathy, Melbourne - Beneteau 285, January 2013


"The boat well was well appointed and clean and tidy for charter - thank you. We enjoyed our trip - but it would have been nice to have has less wind!" Tapper family, Auckland - Beneteau 405, January 2013


"Enjoyed a great six days 'Freewheeling' around the islands. This sailing area is hard to beat even if you are a first-timer here. Freewheeling is pleasure to live on, especially for two people. Who needs a shower!" Garry and Sibs, London - Davidson 28, January 2013


"The Bay of Islands is one of the most beautiful areas we have sailed in. Our boat Finesse II was a fantastic yacht for our holiday. Every detail had been thought of and provided for, so that it felt like our own boat (unlike many larger charter companies). Kim's willing, helpful and friendly advice was also exceptional. Many thanks for a great holiday." Debbie and Neil, Edinburgh, Scotland - Beneteau 285, January 2013


"Fantastic holiday. The boat was well set up and there are plenty of fantastic spots to anchor and enjoy the experience." Bob and Moira, Tauranga, NZ - Davidson 28, January 2013


"I thought Fairwind gave good service and communication pre-charter. The boat was better equipped in the galley than I expected. A better inventory pre-charter would have helped, but overall the experience was excellent and I would recommend. The boat handles well in 15-20 kts." Griffith family, Bangkok, Thailand - Lotus 10.6, January 2013


"Kim was most courteous and helpful and the yacht was a good performer for our needs. Brilliant sailing grounds with much to see and do." The Deans, Hobart, Australia - Lotus 10.6, January 2013


"Fantastic weather, awesome boat and a great holiday. Gladly recommend Tough Life to anybody." Rogers family, Melbourne - Elan 434, January 2013

"We had a great trip and the boat was well equipped with everything we needed and was easy to sail." Halse family, Hemmel Hempstead, UK - Beneteau 405, Dec 2012


"The best prepared yacht in many years of worldwide chartering. The problems that arose were well dealt with. We would recommend Fairwind." John and Beth, Hampshire, UK - Beneteau 343, December 2012


"Absolutely fantastic and Kim was super accommodating, allowing us to delay our charter by two days to get better weather. Thanks a lot!" Neilson family, Canada - Beneteau 320, December 2012


"A stout boat, excellent charts and instructions made for a wonderful cruise. Thanks Fairwinds!" Pete and Joanie, Idaho, USA - Lotus 10.6, November 2012


"Thanks Kim for a fabulous holiday. Great boat - no problems - and good advice. The Bay of Islands was a treat, with dolphins and wonderful weather." Street family, Brisbane - Beneteau 405, November 2012


"Lovely boat, well maintained and appointed. Thank you very much." Steve and Leanne, Australia - Beneteau 285, November 2012


"A very nice yacht which we think is ideal for two people. Comfortable, well equipped and handles very well in heavy seas. Excellent support from Fairwind Charters." John and Valerie, Melbourne - Lotus 10.6, November 2012


"We had an awesome sail past Cape Brett! Fantastic boat. Our third charter with Farwind - will charter again." Manning Family, Australia - Beneteau 405, September 2012


"Thank you Fairwind for a great charter - excellent value. Thanks for all your help. The Bay of Islands is beautiful, water, walks, scenery and orcas. We will be back and will recommend Fairwind to our family and friends." Arndt Family, NZ - Beneteau 320, June 2012


"Top boat, well prepared and met all our expectations. A week of pure delight!" McCombe and Rowland families, Aus and NZ - Beneteau 445, April 2012


"Awesome! Thanks. See you next time!" Paul and Manuela, Auckland - Dufour 38, April 2012


"Nice yacht, sails well. Well equipped and clean and tidy. We had a great time. The brochures cannot do justice to the Bay of Islands experience!" Biggar family, U.K. - Lotus 10.6, April 2012


"Very enjoyable charter - the boat felt very solid and safe! All in very good condition for our charter. Friendly service - and tips for anchorages were spot on!" Tapper family, Auckland - Dufour 38, April 2012


"Finesse II was an ideal for our requirements - an easily handled boat for two, but with good performance and predictable handling. Everything was so easy to operate. Great fun in a safe boat!" Roger and Maureen, Melbourne - Beneteau 285, March 2012


"Excellent boat - no issues at all." The Bowens, Tauranga, NZ - Lotus 10.6, March 2012


"Well equipped yacht, lovely cruising area, very helpful owners." Richard and Rosie, Hope Cove, England - Beneteau 285, March 2012


"As always, a great charter and brother from the UK was impressed by the boat and the Bay - Thanks Kim!" Drew family, Auckland - Beneteau 320, February 2012


"Very friendly and informative staff. Well maintained and presented boat. Fabulous week - thank you!" The Kirks, Scotland - Beneteau 320, February 2012


"Fantastic boat overall, fantastic wildlife. Very relaxed charter in awesome place. Very keen to come again." D Burton, Auckland NZ - Beneteau 285, February 2012


"We enjoyed sailing this comfortable well presented yacht. The shore crew were friendly and helpful." Harrison crew, Auckland NZ - Beneteau 445, February 2012


"We had a wonderful trip and enjoyed exploring the stunning bays. Thank you so much for your advice. We will definitely be back again." Adam, Caroline and Harry, Sydney - Beneteau 320, January 2012


"We had a great sailing holiday. Nice and relaxed service received and we would recommend your charter services to our friends." Otto and Ysbranda Bats - Dufour 38, January 2012


"Wonderful boat. Sails beautifully. The new transom is well worthwhile." Michael and Sarah, Auckland - Lotus 10.6, January 2012


"Thank you for providing such a tidy, well kept boat. Money well spent!" Olly and crew, Auckland - Davidson 28, January 2012


"A fantastic few days in a great little boat. The BoI is superb!" James and Tessa, Sydney - Beneteau 285, January 2012


"Awesome weather, fantastic time, great yacht. Will do it again." Barker-Reid family, Kerikeri, NZ - Beneteau 320, January 2012


"We had a great week despite the weather not being the best! Alibi sailed well, was comfortable and pretty well equipped. We'll be back, hoping for a bit more sunshine and a bit less wind next year." Ian and Barbara, Wellington - Beneteau 320, January 2012


"Great charter. Everything straightforward. A great place to cruise." The Barrons, Auckland - Beneteau 405, January 2012


"Well set out boat. The saloon very comfortable. Excellent hot water system." Roper family, Sydney - Lotus 10.6, December 2011

Really appreicated your help Kim, and give your company a big recommendation. We'll come again and book 'DD'. " Graham H, Nelson, NZ - Lotus 10.6, December 2011


"Thanks Kim for all your help. Despite the medical problems we enjoyed the Bay of Islands (even Pippa!) and hope to be back one day." Harvey-Randev family, Stanwell Park, Australia - Beneteau 285, December 2011


"Good sailing vessel, heaps of storage and space for a couple. Supplied with everything we could have needed. Awesome sailing area with fantastic scenery. More snapper than we could eat, what more could you ask..." Graham and Jacqui, Gosford, NSW - Davidson 28, December 2011


"Look forward to coming back to a most beautiful part of the world with exquisite anchorages, dolphins, birds, whales and scenery. Kim, thanks for sharing your expert knowledge of both 'Tough Life' and this magnificent area." Alan and Skeet, Australia - Elan 434, October 2011


"A comfortable, well equipped boat, a pleasure to sail. Helpful pilotage book gave excellent guidance to some delightful anchorages. We had only four days, but got to Cape Brett and saw the 'Hole" and walked half the Urupukapuka trail. Plenty of dolphins alongside. We'd love to come again. Thank you Kim." Cate and Irving Benjamin, Dover, England - Beneteau 320, October 2011


"Excellent service. Excellent briefing. Yacht tidy with all working systems. A cruise immensely enjoyed by a crew of five." Hugh McIntyre and crew, Los Angeles, Ca - Dufour 38, April 2011


"The trip was magic!" Worth family, California - Davidson 28, April 2011


"Great boat, experienced service providers, amazing sailing and epic scenery. Highly recommended for those looking for ann adventure and a holiday." Dave and Andra, Melbourne, Aus - Lotus 10.6, April 2011


"Very professionally run. Excellent sailing tuition from John. A lovely family holiday." Charge family, Auckland - Beneteau 320, April 2011


"The boat worked fine without any problems and the scenery was beautiful. We would recommend Fairwind Charters to others interested in the Bay of Islands." Jacobi and Conklin family, US - Beneteau 405, March 2011


"Four of us chartered the Beneteau 405 'Boheme' in mid March 2011. The boat was beautifully presented and the briefing and assistance form the Fairwind crew was superb. We had a fantastic long weekend and ranged from Piercy Island in the south to the stunning Cavalli Islands in the north. I would highly recommend a final night anchored off Russell, with dinner and drinks ashore. We will be back. Peter Topzand, Auckland - Beneteau 405, March 2011


"A nice little boat and a pleasure to sail. Kim was great when our electrical issue arose. The Bay of islands compares favorably with the Jan Juan's, but the water is warm!" Shults family, Portland, Oregon - Davidson 28, March 2011


"The experience was 'off the charts' and 'Alibi' was a delight to sail." Steve and Heidi van Bodegraven, Australia - Beneteau 320, March 2011


"Second time around for us and just as good as the first - a perfect week off!" Drew family, Auckland - Davidson 28, February 2011


"Excellent yacht, well prepared and a joy to sail. The Bay of Islands cruising area is a 'must do' before you die - enjoy it while it is completely unspoiled by commercialism." Blakesley/Curtis group, U.K. - Beneteau 405, February 2011


"We had a fantastic time! Our boat was wonderful, easy to sail and lots of fun. Everyone was very helpful." Tom and Alexandra, Sydney - Davidson 28, February 2011


"This was our second vacation in the Bay of Islands and charter with Fairwind. Boat, equipment, natural beauty and sailing in the Bay exceeded our expectations!" Parsnick Family - Beneteau 405, January 2011


"We had an awesome time. 'Freewheeling' rocked. BoI beautiful. Thank you very much and see you again sometime. The best honeymoon ever!" Johno and Kim, Christchurch - Davidson 28, January 2011


"A great 8 days. The boat is very easy to handle." McElroy Family, Auckland - Beneteau 405, January 2011


"Whilst the predominantly E/SE winds prevented a visit to Whangaroa we have enjoyed our 4th charter in the Bay of Islands with Fairwind. Different Drummer has

very good sailing qualities and we have averaged 20 miles a day, sailing out to Piercy Rock, the Nine Pin and across the Bay just for the sheer fun of sailing." Brian and Maggie Yeomans, Kelly Bray, Cornwall, England - Lotus 10.6, January 2011


"We had a fantastic holiday on Alibi. A truly amazing area to sail. If we ever get the chance we will be back. The staff very friendly and helpful. Thank you." James and Emma, Herterfordshire, U.K. - Beneteau 320, January 2011


"Once the in boom main has been mastered Different Drummer is a delight to sail. She feels solid and safe. We sheltered from gales and were exposed to long periods of 25-30kt winds which she weathered well." Christine and Rob, Ormskirk, U.K. - Lotus 10.6, January 2011


"Very nicely set out for cruising. Clean uncluttered decks and easy to sail. A great trip to Whangaroa and back." Dick and Beverly, Wellington NZ - Dufour 38, January 2011


"Loved the boat and would like to rent it for the same week next year please!" The Burridge Family, Singapore - Elan 434, January 2011


"Lovely boat, comfortable for four adults and four kids! Well prepared and a great time had by all." Lethbridges and Costers, Auckland and Tauranga - Beneteau 445, December 2010


"Great charter in a well maintained boat." Edward and Elizabeth Massey, Atlanta - Beneteau 285, December 2010


"Despite some mixed weather we had some amazing adventures in a truly beautiful cruising area. The boat was immaculately presented. Kim and everyone at Fairwind went out of their way to help us - thank you!" The Christchurch Medics - Beneteau 405, December 2010


"Well maintained and safe vessel. Beautiful jaw-dropping scenery up and down the coast. Thanks for support from Kim and Greta." The Roper Family , Sydney - Beneteau 445, December 2010


"Great sailing on a very well maintained boat - home from home! We really enjoyed the stunning scenery of the Bay of Islands. It was a perfect honeymoon destination." Judith and Andy, U.K. - Davidson 28, December 2010


"Fantastic time. Greta weather. Great sailing and beautiful bays to anchor and spend the night. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience." Suzie and Colin, Gosford, Australia - Beneteau 285, December 2010


"Sails very well. Overall very happy with the boat and our charter. Magnificent scenery. Already talking about a return visit." The Wrights and friends, Gippsland, Australia - Beneteau 445, November 2010


"We had great weather and a fantastic time. The boat served our needs wonderfully well." The Parnabys of Ballarat, Australia - Beneteau 320, November 2010


"The boat was very clean, very well equipped and we lacked for nothing. It was a very easy yacht to sail, and performed well in both light and heavy conditions." John and Valerie Ferguson, Melbourne - Dufour 38, October 2010


"Loved it! We'll be back again!" The Erichsen family, Wanaka, NZ - Davidson 28, October 2010


"Lovely boat to sail (doesn't point though). Very comfortable and well appointed boat. Really enjoyed the sailing and bush walks ashore and just hanging around. We will hire from Fairwind again." Rob and Karen, Australia - Dufour 38, May 2010


"Fantastic 10 days, the Fairwind staff, the boat, oh and of course the Bay of Islands contributed to a hugely successful trip. We would recommend this combination to anybody." The Bryan family, Australia - Beneteau 405, April 2010


"Beautiful area! We had a wonderful week on Alibi. No leaks even in heavy rain - a first!" Greg Winter, Spokane, WA, US - Beneteau 320, April 2010


"The boat is a pleasure to sail and we enjoyed the pristine anchorages of the Bay of Islands." Phillips family, Vancouver - Dufour 38, April 2010


"Freewheeling is a great sailing boat, perfectly balanced. It makes you never want to come back on land. We had a fantastic time - Mahalo & Aloha!" Zeph and Madeleine, Maui, Hawaii - Davidson 28, April 2010


"Fantastic charter in a solid easy to handle vessel. Everything we needed was ready for us and easy to use." Dave, Sara, Dave, Jess, Bevan and Lisa, N.Z. - Beneteau 405, March 2010


"Finesse is a really comfortable boat for 2 adults and we had a fantastic time exploring the beautiful Bay of Islands and beyond. Thanks Fairwind for a great holiday! Christoph and Bec, Mornington Peninsula, Australia - Beneteau 285, March 2010


"This was our second charter with Fairwind and we had a great time again. Can't seem to get enough of the area!" Jeff and Nancy Ray, Colorado - Lotus 10.6, March 2010


"One of the best maintained charter boats we have chartered throughout the world." Lines family, U.K. - Dufour 38, March 2010


"Best equipped boat we have sailed. All worked well." Angus and Annette, U.K. - Elan 434, March 2010


"Thanks! The boat was well equipped and we had a wonderful time. Kim - thanks for your instructions and help." Mario and Marion, Maureen and Frank, British Columbia - Beneteau 405, March 2010


"Boat in perfect condition. Ideal for a couple but too tight for two couples. Very well equipped and maintained. Very good service from land crew." Trama family, Spain - Beneteau 285, February 2010


"Excellent 5 days. Fairwind's' charter service great. The Bay of Islands surpassed our expectations!" Chris and Julie, Penzance, Cornwall - Beneteau 285, February 2010


"A fabulous 3 days. Our six year old twins are fired up to do this again despite less than average conditions today, so mission successfully accomplished. Thank you!" Fraser and Yvette Hurrell, Tutukaka, NZ - Beneteau 285, January 2010


"This yacht ia amongst the best we have chartered. Overall she was in good order, everything worked and she sailed well. We were made aware of the anchor winch problem at the briefing." The Fosters, U.K. - Dufour 38, January 2010


"We had a wonderful two and a half weeks in the Bay. We will be back next year." Graeme and Dorrie Hancock, Mongolia - Lotus 10.6, January 2010


"I was delighted with the preparation by Fairwind Charters of our boat Finesse II. The boat was sparkling clean and much thought and care was evident in every aspect of the boats' preparation. I would not hesitate to recommend Fairwind Charters to anyone keen to enjoy the magic of both Sailing and the Bay of Islands." Peter and Lisa, Melbourne - Beneteau 285, January 2010


"Lovely clean boat, well maintained and prepared. The photos on the internet don't do it justice." Kevin and Sharon, Australia - Beneteau 320, January 2010


"Excellent vacation! Great boat, great sailing. Thanks again!" Glenn and Andrea Coppinger, Australia - Lotus 10.6, January 2010


"Fabulous cruise. Great location. The boat handled perfectly." Nik and Charlotte, Wellington - Beneteau 445, January 2010


"I have chartered boats all over the world. This boat was beautifully set up and equipped - we had a dream cruise" The Frames and Heaths, Sydney and Noosa, Australia - Elan 434, December 2009


"Excellent yacht in good condition and fully prepared and equipped. Minor problems with genoa reefing and hot water not enough to spoil a wonderful weeks cruising. Your 7 day itinerary was very good and followed almost to the letter." Howard and Jenni James, Staffordshire U.K. - Dufour 38, November 2009


"Great yacht - fantastic sailing week! Thanks, Fairwind Charters." C,C,K & V, Auckland and UK - Dufour 38, November 2009


"Tough Life is one of the best equipped and prepared boats we have chartered. A pleasure to sail and motor. Bed linen, towels and kitchen equipment all much appreciated. We will be back." Jamie and Seonaid, Launceston, Tasmania - Elan 434, November 2009


"Easy and fantastic company to book with. Thank you for a great five days in the Bay of Islands. Shame about the rain, but at least we had wind! We hope to visit again." Kirsty and James, London - Dufour 38, November 2009


"We have bareboated a number of times previously and have found the Bay of Islands and the Fairwind team to be well and truly above par. Scenery and sailing was excellent and anchorages some of the best. Thank you Fairwind!" Andrew and Janine, Melbourne - Beneteau 445, November 2009


"The Davidson is a nice little boat, very comfortable and capable well reefed, nicely fitted out and very good for two persons. She sails well and turns on a sixpence. The staff were very helpful and professional." Dave and Cissy Bisson, from the Lizard, Cornwall, UK - Davidson 28, September 2009


"We've chartered with about 10 companies over the years and Fairwind is amongst the best due to their staff attitude and expertise, clean functional boats, and terrific cruising ground." Dan and Char Marshall from California - Beneteau 320, April 2009


"An excellent boat to sail. Handled very responsively. Nice and comfortable." Steve and Anne, Wellington - Lotus 10.6, April 2009


"Most excellent cruise! Thanks - thoroughly enjoyed every moment!" Carl Clifford, NZ - Beneteau 320, April 2009


"The boat was very comfortable for six people. We will come back to the Bay of Islands and Fairwind Charters." The Hobart family, New Jersey, USA - Beneteau 405, April 2009


"Unreal time! This has to be the only way to explore the bay of Islands." Dan and Krista, London - Beneteau 285, March 2009


"We had a great trip, it was really beautiful! A good area for beginners like us. Nice weather, nice boat, nice sailing - close to paradise!" Maren and Olaf, Hamburg, Germany - Davidson 28, March 2009


"Fantastic four days. A friendly, helpful charter company - easy to deal with from the other side of the world." David Hilton, Gill Stower, Sam Hilton and Emma Davis, U.K. - Dufour 38, March 2009


"Great boat, equipment, awesome staff, awesome location. Everything went better than expectations." Paul and Manuela, Auckland - Beneteau 285, March 2009


"An excellent little sailing yacht. Sails beautifully in all conditions. Easy to handle with two people. Very comfortable to relax below at the end of a good days sailing. Excellent chart information and details." Ben and Amanda, Nelson, NZ - Davidson 28, March 2009


"Would recommend work gloves for anchor well, otherwise boat very well equipped. Absolutely no mechanical or technical were encountered. Fairwind staff very pleasant, polite and helpful." D&W Apps, Wellington - Lotus 10.6 March 2009


"Iranui was an extremely well equipped and comfortable vessel. It handled well both under sail and power. The Bay of Islands is a beautiful destination and your fine boat enhanced our enjoyment." Fred, Charlotte, Glen and Vicki, USA - Dufour 38, March 2009


"Loved the boat. It sailed well and we appreciated being let go to do our own thing. Sailing around the Bay of Islands is just fantastic!" Williams crew, Australia - Beneteau 405, March 2009


"Iranui was a great boat through both fair and stormy weather. Fairwind service was excellent and we've had a wonderful time." Frazer and Lees families, NZ - Dufour 38, March 2009


"We found Freewheeling to be a reliable, seaworthy and well-equipped vessel, in which we had confidence. She seems well suited to these waters. She sails beautifully; our sail out to Cape Brett under clear sky's, with a 15 knot Easterly was one of the highlights of our trip." Paul and Alison, Vancouver - Davidson 28, March 2009


"Extremely enjoyable. First class service by Fairwind Charters." Fitzhenery and Richards families, South Africa and NZ - Dufour 38, February 2009


"We found the boat to be excellent, and only wish we could have the opportunity to repeat the charter." 'Banbury Sailing Club', England - Elan 434, February 2009


"An older boat in perfect condition. Much better than most of five years old boats we have chartered in the Mediterranean." Jiri Barcal, Czech Republic - Beneteau 320, January 2009


"A very well equipped boat. Every utensil available in the galley. Easy to manouvre and good to sail." J&T D'Anna, Gold Coast, Australia - Beneteau 320, January 2009


"A nice boat that sails extremely well. Comfortable and well equipped. We had a really good time - even when it rained!" Adrian and Jeanne, Isle of Wright, UK - Davidson 28, December 2008


"Great holiday. The boat was lovely and there was so much to see." Wafer family, Greystokes, Ireland - Elan 434, December 2008


"We had a wonderful holiday. The Bay of Islands and Whangaroa are absolutely beautiful! Fairwind provided an excellent yacht for out two weeks of sailing." Parsnick family, Shanghai - Beneteau 405, December 2008


"A good solid boat that sailed well - even in 30+ knot winds. A very good holiday that we will do again." Gerry Nymyer, Australia - Beneteau 445, October 2008


"The trip of a lifetime!! Breathtaking anchorages, especially Whangaroa and Whangamumu. Perfect yacht in great condition. Thanks Dave, Kim and Greta!" Nigel and Emily, Lennox Head, Australia - Elan 434, September 2008


"Marvelous week! - Great boat and perfect weather." Sheila and Don, Lions Bay, BC, Canada - Davidson 28, August 2008


"Good yacht and well set up. We thoroughly enjoyed the Bay of Islands - pleasant safe anchorages and beautiful scenery. Cape Brett and Cape Wiwiki most impressive, with a wild and remote feeling. Martin and Susan, Tasmania - Lotus 10.6, July 2008


"Thank you so much. Everything has been more than good. See you next time!" Alexander Rosenthal, Cologne, Germany - Beneteau 320, May 2008


"Wonderful boat for cruising; easy to handle and sail. Thoughtfully and fully equipped - the music, cards and spices particularly appreciated. We've sailed the Whitsunday's, and the Bay of Islands is far more interesting, with really beautiful scenery and walks." McFadzean family, Australia - Simpson 42, April 2008


"Absolutely wonderful. We can't wait to come back and do it all again. A perfect place to spend the first week of married life." The Basses, Auckland - Beneteau 285, April 2008


"The passion and enthusiasm Fairwind's staff have for the glorious Bay of Islands makes the experience more enjoyable." Anthony and Sarah, Sydney, Australia - Beneteau 320, April 2008


"Fantastic Kiwi boat and brilliant few days cruising the Islands. Excellent service - thank you!" Jamie, Soph and Pete, London - Lotus 10.6, March 2008


"Great yacht - very enjoyable time." Johnstone family, NZ - Beneteau 405, March 2008


"The Bay of Islands is a great location for a boating holiday. Alibi was very well maintained and fitted out; everything we needed was provided. Fairwind provide good value for money." Ross and Barb, Sydney - Beneteau 320, March 2008


"Perfect boat for two people; perfect weather; perfect cruising grounds. In a word - perfect!" Peg and Sam, Palm Coast, Florida - Davidson 28, March 2008


"Highly satisfactory charter. We would use Fairwind again (perhaps Bay of Islands to Auckland) and will recommend to our friends." Susan and Tony, Lee and John, Australia - Simpson 42, March 2008


"Fantastic experience for my family whose first cruise it was. The Davidson 28 is a comfortable boat to sail and live on board." Mark Ashley- Miller, Dorset, U.K. - Davidson 28, March 2008


"Lovely boat, beautifully prepared and equipped." Edwards family, Brighton, U.K. - Davidson 28, March 2008


"Great charter! Iranui was in excellent condition and sails well single handed! (Rosie had a broken wrist). Fairwind is one of the best charter companies we have used. John and Rosie, Blaine, USA - Dufour 38, February 2008


"Great boat, great holiday. Non stick pans would be good in the galley, but otherwise far the best prepared boat we have ever chartered." Shaw and Chipperfield families, Auckland and London - Simpson 42, February 2008


"We had a great time and found the yacht in fine order. Kim and Greta were great to work with." Bob and Ricki, Emmett, Idaho - Beneteau 320, February 2008


"Vessel excellently appointed and maintained to a high standard. Kim and Greta were friendly and helpful, with a good knowledge of the boat and area. The boat sails well. Five days were not long enough!" Sweeny/Holland, Australia - Simpson 42, February 2008


"After many charters in many spots around the world, we have found this Simpson 42 an ideal charter yacht. Such easy sail handling!" Davis Family, Australia - Simpson 42, January 2008


"Like last year, a well prepared boat and nice people to deal with - just please sort the weather out next time!" Johnston Family, Hawks Bay, NZ - Beneteau 445, January 2008


"Great boat - comfortable and great systems. Fairwind are very professional with fantastic support. This is our second charter and we will be back again" Clark family, Auckland - Elan 434, January 2008


"We wanted to say how much we appreciated the level of care that you clearly take with the boats. We commented that it must have been fitted out by a sailor as everything worked and everything you could have wanted was there - believe me that is not very common in the boats we have chartered before.
If you need any recommendations please do feel free to quote us - it was the most painless and enjoyable charter we have had. Also your recommendations re where to sail and anchor were particularly welcome from a couple who hadn't got a clue about the waters of the Bay.
If we can get back to NZ again we will and would certainly want to try to get back to the Bay of Islands again.
Once again thanks for contributing to a holiday of a lifetime!"
Dorothy and Richard, Fleet, England - Beneteau 320, January 2008


"Considerate and friendly service - we would have no hesitation in recommending Fairwind Charters. The boat was well equipped - great freezer and fridge - and we had a wonderful trip. Thank you!" The Zimbabwean Crew - Simpson 42, January 2008


"Great boat - right size for our family and had everything we needed. Sailed well too! Good service from staff" Steve, Wendi and kids, Rochester, NY - Beneteau 285, January 2008


"Fantastic holiday. We had a terrific time. See you next year!" Vallis family, Brisbane - Beneteau 405, January 2008


"Lovely, well maintained boat. Great staff who were very helpful and knowledgeable about the boats" Rob and Jackie, Bournemouth, UK - Elan 434, December 2007


"Great trip despite the weather. Excellent boat, fitted out well. Friendly and informative staff. Thanks Kim and Fairwind for a great holiday. See you again in the sunshine!!" Murray and Brooke, Melbourne - Beneteau 320, December 2007


"We had a most wonderful time. The beaches are gorgeous, the boat was comfortable and a pleasure to sail. We has several dolphin sightings including the opportunity to swim with a pod. Amazing!" Ram, Jon and Mark from Gemcon, Canada/Australia - Davidson 28, December 2007


"Thank you for a great five days. We had an excellent trip. The Bay of Islands is such a wonderful sailing area. You catered to the special needs we had when sailing with our three year old daughter, and looked after us very well. Thank you!" The Warrington family, UK - Dufour 38, December 2007


"Thank you Fairwind - Finesse II was in great condition and behaved beautifully. The sailing area was pristine and our experience was a truly memorable one. Thanks to Kim for organizing the bottle of Moet for the proposal! She said yes!" Stu and Kate, Australia - Beneteau 285, December 2007


"A fantastic family holiday - our best ever! Novices at sailing and had a wonderful time. Two days lessons with Kim, then three days on our own (with Kim just on the other end of a phone to answer any queries!). Wonderfully comfortable." Hardcastle Clan, New Plymouth - Lotus 10.6, November 2007


"We had a great time, the boat sails really well and staff at Fairwind could not do enough for us. Thanks Kim and Greta." Fred and Mike Abbot, Auckland - Davidson 28, October 2007


"A wonderful voyage. Enjoyed by all on board." Harris Group, Omaha, NZ - Beneteau 445, October 2007


"Lovely relaxing cruise with fabulous scenery and great weather. A comfortable and well set up yacht - we loved the outside shower to enjoy after swimming. A very ship-shape ship. Thank you!" Chris and Julie, Auckland - Lotus 10.6, April 2007


"Fabulous week - Alibi was great. Excellent service and friendly team. Wonderful anchorages all around the islands - unbeatable!" Sara and Marcus, Auckland - Beneteau 320, March 2007


"The best way to explore the Bay of Islands - we'll recommend Fairwind to Lonely Planet!" Jacqueline and Wine, Utrecht, The Netherlands - Davidson 28, March 2007


"We found this boat to be very comfortable with a convenient galley, well stocked. The boat sailed really well - even in stronger conditions it was well behaved. Preparation for the charter was excellent with the boat clean and well presented. This boat is ease to manouvre under power as well as sail. The briefing notes and briefing at the wharf were both excellent.
We followed the 14 day itinerary suggested in the notes and found the advice in it excellent - we could have spent twice as much time in each place had the charter been longer! We found the recommended anchorages accurately presented and excellent places to spend the night in peace and quiet. Great Barrier Island is a delight, Whangaroa Harbour/Rere bay a paradise and of course, Army Bay is hard to surpass.
"Graham and Graham, Alison and Roslyn from Canberra, Australia - Lotus 10.6, February 2007


"Perfect briefing, handsome vessel, well service!" Pam and Mike, Meersbars, Germany - Davidson 28, February 2007


"Fantastic and well set up yacht. Suited our family of five perfectly. Sailed the Bay of Islands, Cavallis and Whangaroa and the weather looked after us perfectly." Devine family, Napier NZ - Elan 434, February 2007


"Thank you for all - our holiday was super!! and without problems. The boat is perfect for us and you are very friendly!! Ciao from all crew." Maurizio, Alberto, Deigo, Arturo form Veneto, Italia - Beneteau 320, January 2007


"Thanks Kim for a fantastic seven night cruise. We've really enjoyed our bareboat charter exploring the Bay of Islands on Different Drummer. Stunning bays, great snorkeling and a fabulous dolphin encounter. Already dreaming of next summer" Riordon family, Whitford, NZ - Lotus 10.6, January 2007


"A fantastic week out in the Bay - two weeks would have been better!" Alyson, Matt and Rona, Wellington - Beneteau 405, January 2007


"We had a great time sailing, fishing and snorkeling for a week on the Elan. The boat was very comfortable and spacious for our party of five. It came very well equipped with everything we needed" The McPhee's of Maui - Elan 434, January 2007


"Couldn't fault the boat, or the charter set-up. We've loved being on board - a roomy kind boat and fantastic weather during an amazing week (not much fish however!). Lots of great memories and relaxation. Many thanks Darryl and Fairwind Charters." Brown and Clarke families, NZ - Elan 434, January 2007


"Well prepared boat, friendly management, no complaints whatsoever." Johnston family, NZ - Elan 434, January 2007


"A great week in a well found yacht - the winterless north put on a great summer week for us." Kaye, Alex and crew, Christchurch, NZ - Beneteau 445, January 2007


"Many thanks. An excellent experience all round. Finesse was an excellent boat, well prepared with some nice provisioning touches that showed a genuine appreciation of the cruising sailors needs (especially when cruising from abroad) and a willingness to make the extra effort to meet them. Many thanks again, your service has been much appreciated in this outstanding cruising ground. We hope to return in the not too distant future and you will certainly be our choice for a boat to charter." Tony and Kay, Ulverton, Cumbria, UK - Beneteau 285, January 2007


"Great boat for four people, well presented, and a magnificent sailing area. The best holiday if you can cope with the swell. We would love to come back some day." Brian and Sue Doser, Australia & Wim and Narda Veldhost, The Netherlands - Beneteau 405, January 2007


"Great sailing boat and fantastic sailing area. Very friendly and efficient service from Fairwind - Highly recommended" Neil and Lorna Dryburgh, Steve and Katie Evans, Scotland - Lotus 10.6, December 2006


"Good well-equipped boat. Staff efficient, helpful and friendly. Lovely cruising ground. We had a superb holiday; many thanks" Peter and Jan, Switzerland - Beneteau 285, December 2006


"Very well equipped and everything worked well. We really enjoyed our time on the boat" Leslie Family, Melbourne - Beneteau 320, December 2006


"We have done a lot of cruising and this was some of the best we have ever done. The boat exceeded our expectations in being clean, fully equipped and comfortable" The Swiftes of Sydney - Beneteau 285, December 2006


"We were very impressed with the clean and tidy state of Finesse. The yacht was well equipped and we had a fantastic week. Saw lots of dolphins! Richard did a great briefing." John and Jane, NZ - Beneteau 285, October 2006


"The boat was fabulously equipped. The quality of galley equipment, bedding etc was terrific. Skippers instructions, charts and pilot was very comprehensive and sails and running rigging also in great condition. We had a tremendous time - and the condition of Finesse contributed greatly to our holiday - we'll be back again for a longer time. Many thanks!" Mark and Sarah, Melbourne, Australia - Beneteau 285, September 2006


"Well set up boat. Very good for two (one experienced). We really enjoyed ourselves. Good value too! Thanks very much." Jill & Tom, Te Awamutu, NZ - Davidson 28, August 2006


"Extremely well equipped boat, with equipment in good repair. Great cruising area. The briefing was good, and the information provided by Kim on destinations and anchorages was invaluable. Whangaroa Harbour was excellent and well worth the trip." Farr Association, Sth Australia - Beneteau 445, April 2006


"Great time! Excellent beaches, sailing, and boat. Very few boats around at this time of season. People on board were expecting a disappoint after cruising the BVI, but were proved wrong and raved about the BOI" Simpson/Clay family, Arizona - Beneteau 445, March 2006


"Thanks very much, we had a great a fantastic holiday. Excellent pre-charter briefing on the sailing area and no problems with the boat." Gilly and Ali, Auckland - Beneteau 285, March 2006


"Great boat - well equipped and easy to sail. Fantastic two days." Reid family, Kerikeri - Beneteau 445, February 2006


"Our first time chartering and we were very pleasantly surprised by the professionalism and presentation of boat. Finesse is a very clean and compact vessel with everything required and more. Highly commended - thanks Kim and staff" Maclaurin family, Scotland - Beneteau 285, February 2006


"Well organised company - well appointed boat. Excellent and helpful briefing. The Davidson 28 was very easy to handle for two people. We really enjoyed this charter" Liz and Murray, Brisbane - Davidson 28, February 2006


"Really well set up for cruising, all the gear needed and the family found the boat worked very well. Many thanks." Flynn family, Auckland - Farr 1020, February 2006


"We have had one of our best holidays. The area is interesting and most beautiful. The boat easy to handle, comfortable, and it sails smoothly. We will recommend it to our friends if they can afford to come this far" 'Bilbao's Quartet', Spain - Farr 1020, January 2006


"Great holiday, excellent service. Thanks Farwind Charters. We will be back" 'Team Bland Bay' - Beneteau 405, January 2006


"We had a fantastic time and will definitely be back. Merry Christmas to you all!" Andy and Ali, Aberdeen, Scotland - Davidson 28, December 2005


"We had an awesome time, great boat, briefing and service was excellent, no problems at all. Many thanks for helping us enjoy such a beautiful part of NZ" Simon and Annie, Sydney - Farr 1020, December 2005


"The boat is great and very comfy, we were six persons" Hadar family, Israel - Lotus 10.6, November 2005


"Freewheeling was a great size to handle. The fit out and finish were nice and the traditional timber well looked after. It's all a couple needs for a great time in these fantastic cruising grounds. Thanks FairWind Charters" Chris and Helen, Ballina, Australia - Davidson 28, May 2005


"The boat was fantastic - we had a wonderful weekend. We had everything we needed and it was all very user friendly." Clan of Pseudo-Scots from Auckland, NZ - Beneteau 445, April 2005


"FairWind provided excellent value for money. Thoroughly enjoyed our few days sailing around the Bay of Islands. Couldn't wish for a better introduction to sailing for a novice crew" Philip and Vivien Baxter, UK - Davidson 28, March 2005


"Great briefing and very helpful skipper on day one. The only real problem was that the holiday was too short." Gilkerson party, NZ - Lotus 10.6, March 2005


"The boat was in perfect shape. It was a pleasure to sail" Johnson Party, Canada - Beneteau 405, February 2005


"A good boat to sail, but the problem with the propeller was disappointing as we were not able to complete our trip as planned. The Bay of Islands and Whangaroa is a wonderful place to sail." Michael and Pamela, Northampton, UK - Lotus 10.6, February 2005 (Propeller lost a blade on day 5 of 7 day charter)


"FairWind have been a delight to deal with, helpful and professional. The boat has a high spec', it was well presented and the briefing was excellent. The 14 day trip has been superb and I am happy to recommend FairWind to anyone, and sailing here to any in the northern hemisphere." John and Sue from Stroud, U.K. - Lotus 10.6, February 2005


"This is a very nice little boat for two. Pleased how fun it was to sail. All gear supplied for a great charter." Dave and Malene, NZ - Davidson 28, February 2005


"Different Drummer is an excellently equipped boat - especially the fridge storage (wine and beer always chilled) - and she really sails well.
Great weather, great scenery, fab food - shame we caught only one snapper. Thanks very much!"
Katie Beney and International Guests - Lotus 10.6, January 2005


"I loved sailing the Farr 1020. Very easily driven and a joy to trim and helm. Would have liked a spinnaker! The galley was very well equipped, thank you. We loved sailing this coast and appreciated the 7 Night Itinerary, which we found very useful" Charles and Louise, Jersey - Farr 1020, January 2005


"FairWind and their staff gave us the opportunity to charter a yacht - Freewheeling - that was exceptionally well-presented and better than we dreamed. Our two weeks in the Bay of Islands has been a honeymoon experience that we could not imagine improving upon. Thank you FairWind, and thank you Freewheeling!" GB and Penny Smith, International Adventurers! - Davidson 28, January 2005


"Very well maintained boat. Friendly and efficient service. Many thanks." John and Jane, U.K. - Davidson 28, December 2004


"Queen Prisca is a well-equipped boat that sails well. We had a wonderful time and will be back - there's lots more of the Bay of Islands to explore." Simon and Cynthia, Calgary - Beneteau 445, December 2004


"A well-maintained and enjoyable boat to sail. Awesome charter" Herd family, NZ - Beneteau 445, December 2004


"The boat is well equipped and particularly well looked after. We had a dreamlike four days in the Bay of Islands." John and Viv, Devon, U.K. - Lotus 10.6, November 2004


"Very well equipped. A joy to sail" Moir party, UK - Farr 1020, November 2004


"Sailing on Starmaker in the Bay of Islands was a very good experience. Normally yacht chartering is so expensive, but FairWind Charters made it affordable." Aaron, Alex, Michael, Annette, Jamina, Christoph, from Germany - Farr 1020, November 2004


Not everybody experiences perfect weather, and we do sometimes have problems with the boats (but not often!). However, clients are usually pleased with the level of service we offer - and here's is a selection of comments to show that it's true!
The following quotes are taken from the debriefing form filled out by clients at the end of their charter.