Fairwind Charters Testimonials

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. 


“Lovely boat. We enjoyed every minute of our holiday. Many thanks.” Fiona and Don, Wanaka, NZ - Beneteau 320, March 2019

‘We had a great time and found Kim and Greta to be excellent and relaxed hosts. A well found yacht. Thoroughly recommend.” Willets family, Auckland, NZ - Beneteau 343, March 2019
“The boat was better equipped than any other we have chartered - well done!” The Aussie Seniors - Beneteau 343, March 2019

“We loved our week on Finesse II! She is responsive and sails beautifully - easy to handle and well set up and maintained.” Jonathan and Sophie, NZ - Beneteau 285, March 2019

“We had a great time on Alibi and enjoyed every day. Thanks to Fairwind Charters.” The Logan/Dorsch Crew, NZ and Germany - Beneteau 320, February 2019.

“We had a great trip and found everything on board to be in good condition and working order. Info folder was well put together and of great assistance during our trip.” Ray and Linda, NZ - Beneteau 320, February 2019.

“A well appointed and well maintained comfortable boat. We would definitely use Fairwind again.” Mike and Mel, NZ - Elan 434, February 2019.

"An exceptional small boat. Thank you for having everything in working order, clean and ready to use. Much appreciated! We had an excellent time.” Mike and Sharon, Colorado Springs - Beneteau 285, February 2019.

“The welcome and boat exceeded expectations. A great week’s charter. Thank you.” Rice Family, UK - Beneteau 343, February 2019.

“As previously, the level of detail provided in boat documentation was superb. The boat was well presented. We were very happy with both the vessel and the cruising grounds!” Jim and Sue, Australia - Beneteau 393, February 2019.

“The boat was wonderful, and so refreshing to find a good stock of essentials. And no need to go through the hassle of refuelling and water (plus pay extra - as happens in Europe and the Caribbean!)” Thomson Family, Scotland - Elan 434, February 2019.

“Great boat. Well equipped. Very comfortable. Enjoyed every minute.” Wilson Boys, NZ and Canada - Beneteau 393, February 2019.

“Yet another fabulous cruise with so many wonderful memories. Thank you very much. As always Alibi was in good condition and had everything you could ever need. See you in another couple of years.” The Blakey Family, Auckland - Beneteau 320, January 2019.

“An excellent boat; perfectly maintained and equipped. Kim and Greta are super. Would rent again!” Andrea and Frederic, Switzerland - Elan 434, January 2019.

“Great charter! Well kept yacht. Thank you so much for looking after the kids on the first day while we had tuition. We’ll be back!” Hooks family, Wellington, NZ - Beneteau 343, January 2019

“Once again a wonderful sailing holiday. Everything we needed was available and in great working order. Highly recommended.” Davis family, Auckland, NZ - Beneteau 393, January 2019

“Sailing in the Bay of Islands with Fairwinds was amazing. The boat was very clean and surpassed expectations. It has many extras that made our cruise much more comfortable. We would highly recommend sailing with Fairwind Charters, and we will be back!” Lockwood/Andt family, USA - Beneteau 405, January 2019

“Really enjoyed the charter. Fabulous weather, boat worked great. Couldn’t ask for more.” The Belliveaus, Nova Scotia, Canada - Beneteau 343, January 2019


We loved it! Great service - we’ll be back.” Doug and Abi, Auckland, NZ - Beneteau 320, December 2018

“Our rental vessel was in good condition and fully equipped. We had some lovely days in the Bay of Islands. Thanks Fairwind Charters!” Mark and Esther, The Netherlands - Beneteau 285, December 2018 

“We had an excellent week. The boat was well prepared and everything worked well.” Roy and Sandy, Cowes, U.K. - Elan 434, December 2018 

“Very enjoyable trip on a very well set up boat. Kim was very helpful and gave some good tips to get us going. We would thoroughly recommend Fairwind Charters.” Donal and Rebecca, Cork, Eire - Beneteau 285, December 2018 

“Excellent boat and great help from Kim and Greta. A very enjoyable trip.” Roberts family and friends, Christchurch, NZ - Beneteau 343, November 2018 

“We have enjoyed dealing with you. Keep up the good work. Ideal yacht for our group and a beautiful part of NZ.” The Lunatics Group, Otago, NZ - Beneteau 405, November 2018 

“Wonderful yacht, well kept. Great weather and brilliant cruising grounds.” The Adventure Quartet, NZ - Beneteau 405, November 2018 

“Lovely sailing trip. Fabulous yacht, fabulous weather on board The Good Life - the name says it all :)” Anderson family, Wellington, NZ - Beneteau 393, April 2018 

“Everything worked well. An enjoyable time on Alomar. A very stressless charter achieving all that we had planned.” Moore/McGregor Charter, Australia - Beneteau 343, April 2018 

“Thank you! Appreciate the suggestions provided by you. It’s a wonderful area to visit (my third time). Good wind, warm water and beautiful anchorages.” David Clift, Vancouver, Canada - Beneteau 320, April 2018 

“Queen Prisca was just the right size and configuration for our five person adult crew. Appreciate the setup and prep by Fairwind Charters.” Coffins-Lots-Wazlaws, Oregon and Georgia, USA - Beneteau 445, March 2018 

“Professional and no nonsense charter with helpful staff. The boat was well prepared and we had a wonderful time in a beautiful part of the world.” Swift and Jones, Australia - Elan 434, March 2018 

“Well equipped and cared for boat. Very good!” Alexandra and Erwin from Germany - Beneteau 320, March 2018 

“Wonderful set-up. Great coaching sessions prior to trip. A very enjoyable experience. We will certainly recommend Fairwind Charters.” Kate and Andy Baker, Pambulla Beach, NSW, Australia - Beneteau 320, March 2018 

“Great boat in great shape! Very reliable engine and systems. Plenty of space for our family of four (although standing headroom of 5’11” only). Holmes family, Comox, B.C., Canada - Beneteau 320 March 2018 

“Excellent performance with sailing, power-sailing and powering. Well equipped throughout including fishing lines.” Smith family, Seattle, USA - Beneteau 393, March 2018 

“We found Boheme clean, comfortable and extremely well fitted out and equipped both above and below decks. Perfect for two couples on a two week charter from the Bay of Islands to the Hauraki Gulf. Kim and Greta were careful with all the preparations and attention to detail. Well done! With many thanks..” Fords/Bohlens, USA - Beneteau 405, March 2018 

“Great little boat, well outfitted. Great sailing locations and anchoring suggestions.” John, South Carolina - Beneteau 285, March 2018 

“We had a lovely 6 day adventure exploring the Bay of Islands and Whangaroa. Thank you Fairwind!” The Battens, Lakesland, NSW - Beneteau 393, February 2018 

“A good boat. We had really good sailing around the Bay of Islands. Highly recommended.” The Barbers and Deardens, BC, Canada - Beneteau 405, February 2018 

“Sailing in the Bay of Islands was fantastic - Whangaroa is particularly impressive and not to be missed. Alomar presented well and was a good stable boat in weather from 0-30 kts. Kim and Greta were expert, friendly and accommodating. Overall an excellent 8 day charter.” Gary and Belinda, Derbyshire, UK - Beneteau 343, February 2018 

“A comfortable and safe ship. Good communications and great briefing plus trustworthy standby assistance! This sailing trip was on our bucket list for years and we are very happy and lucky to have made it happen. If possible we will come back and we will recommend Fairwind in our own sailing backyard.” Susan, Anne, Alletta and Leo, The Netherlands - Beneteau 393, January 2018 

“A most enjoyable and relaxing time had. The Bay of Islands and boat was just what we required, and all relaxed whilst floating, sailing, fishing and swimming. We will be back. Thanks Kim!” McPhail Family, Hawkes Bay, NZ - Beneteau 343, January 2018 

“Simply but well equipped boat - the fridge was brilliant! A good experience with Fairwind Charters, helpful and pleasant. We enjoyed our time. Warmer than the Solent!” Sue and Ned, U.K. - Beneteau 320, January 2018 

“We had a fantastic five days on Tough Life. She was a joy to sail and all the provisions we could ever want. Many Thanks!” The Godberts, Melbourne - Elan 434, January 2018 

“Great boat in excellent shape. It suited us perfectly, we felt well set up and provided for and had a great time. Appreciated the flexible helpful information beforehand and the local briefing - many thanks.” Anna, Christchurch - Beneteau 343, January 2018 

“Awesome service! Yacht in great condition for age. This was our second charter with Fairwind and we were well looked after by Kim and his competent team.” Perry-Purchase family, Havelock North, NZ - Beneteau 445, January 2018 

"Thank you Fairwind Charters for a very enjoyable holiday. The customer service and respect for ones prior learning was exceptional and very much apperciated. The quality andstandard of maintenance was exceptional, enabling our group to have a very stress-free and outstanding expereince in the Bay of Islands." Hudsons and Valentines, NSW - Beneteau 445, January 2018


“The weather conditions were perfect. The yacht was in mint condition. Easy sailing and then chilling. Fairwind staff were very friendly and helpful.” Stefan Sigfalk, Sweden - Beneteau 405, December 2017

“An absolutely beautiful part of the world to cruise around. The boat was great. All systems worked really well.” The Vaudreys, Australia - Beneteau 285, December 2017 

“Kim and Greta are awesome hosts. All information was given timely and thorough. The yacht is kept in spot on condition. The Bay of Islands is a magic location.” Apps family, Brisbane - Elan 434, December 2017 

“The boat, beside it’s years, is in a very good condition. We had an amazing time, enjoyed sailing and had fun in the beaches and tracks.” Leon Roda family, Peru - Beneteau 445, December 2017 

“The Good Life was perfect for our charter - just right in size for our party of four and sailed well and fast once captain and crew regained old skills. Thanks for the foundations for a great cruise. We will be posting a story about our adventures on our website tellurideinside.com” Eleni, Susan, Jonathan and Clint, Telluride, Colorado - Beneteau 393, December 2017 

“Excellent service, excellent boat, excellent sailing area - a great time!” Anthony and crew, Buenos Aires - Beneteau 393, November 2017

"One of the best charter vessels I have been on in 25 years of chartering. Very high standard of fittings + interior + contents, galley utensels etc." Hunter and Barber Families, Liverpool and Caldbeck, UK - Beneteau 405, November 2017

“Like it says on the website - an oldie but a goodie! Sails really well.” Justin and Eva, Singapore - Beneteau 285, November 2017 

“Great boat, easy charter. Kim and the team were fantastic. Can’t wait to visit again.” Giles family, Auckland - Beneteau 320, October 2017 

“Absolutely magnificent trip! Alibi is well maintained, a delight to sail and maneuver around the gorgeous Bay of Islands. Thank you Kim and Greta and Fairwind Charters.” Rob and Kim Scanlon, Mike and Ros Shaw, Tasmania - Beneteau 320, October 2017 

“We have chartered many yachts in NZ, Tonga and the Caribbean. 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!” Paul & 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 often and 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 enjoyed 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 organized 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 

Not seen enough? Follow the link below to see testimonials going all the way back to 2004.

Fairwind New Zealand Yacht Charters. Main Wharf, Opua, Bay of Islands. Tel +64 9 402 7821  Mob +64 27 478 9994