Bay of Islands Boat Charter –Private Sailing Charter

Get a group of friends or family together for a private sailing charter and join us for a once in a lifetime Barefoot Sailing Adventure!

The Bay of Islands is ideal for romance, celebration or adventure. Enjoy the use of the boat exclusively for your group. Book your own private sailing charter and discover the magic.

Enjoy a private sailing charter with us !

Our sailing charters are a  great option for discerning travellers looking for a tailor made private cruise, family groups, birthday celebrations, hen’s parties, pre & post wedding gatherings, eductation groups corporate events and team building. Our 10m Tennant Turrissimo Catamaran is a modern, well-equipped boat, offering our passengers a comfortable sailing experience. Because she has a flat bottom, we can pull right up to the beach and step straight on or off – no dinghy needed! This makes her perfect for passengers of all ages. All cruises are Skippered so no need for sailing experience, but of course you are welcome to join in on the fun.


Wonderful Trip!
We chartered the boat privately for our two families (8 total) for the Island Hopper Cruise. Luke and Rachel were super and very very good with our children. Ages, 9, 11, 12 and 15! The day was wonderful. Luke even let the kids help with sails and taught them about sailing. All 8 of us agreed it was well worth our time and money!

Michelle - family holiday

A Magical Day in the Bay
Our trip through the Bay of Islands with Luke and Rachael was absolutely spectacular. From the moment we stepped onto their vessel, we were treated like kings. Their willingness to answer questions, to check how we were doing and if there was anything that would make our trip more enjoyable, to their patience with 6 children on board is more than I ever anticipated. The lunch was superb, the boat incredibly comfortable and the overall trip one of the more spectacular things we’ve ever done. For anyone considering a trip through the Bay of Islands, I cannot recommend Rachael and Luke enough. Having a private tour and the boat to yourself, versus being crammed onto a boat with 200 strangers all clambering for a view out of a window is invaluable. Give them a call…you will not regret doing so!!!

The Moore family

The perfect celebration
We spent a superb afternoon sailing with family to celebrate my parents 40th wedding anniversary. I couldn’t think of a better way to mark the occasion than a delightful sail in the Bay of Islands. The whole family loved it. With such a personalised feel, a fun wee adventure that really suited our style. Nothing too stuffy just a good old time, and the crew made us feel right at home. We finished off the day by heading out for dinner, a great recommendation from the Barefoot staff who were more than helpful to us while planning a special event for our parents.

Reggie - Wedding anniversary

A special day
Rachael was incredibly helpful whilst organising our private charter, she went above and beyond to make our wedding day special. We wanted a small wedding with our family, and then do something special to celebrate later so we chose a 2 hour sailing cruise with Barefoot. On the day both Luke and Rachael were brilliant! The food   was amazing and the trip was fantastic. Everyone had an awesome day. The next time we’re in Paihia we will go back for another cruise for sure!

Becky and Ed - Wedding day


Island Hopper Cruise

Island Hopper Cruise Private Charter

Join the Island Hopper Cruise for a unique and unforgettable day sailing adventure!

Departing from Paihia beachfront, the boat pulls right up to the beach where you can step aboard from the shore line. We set sail for our day’s adventure to a beautiful island destination of Ipipiri, the Eastern Bay of Islands.

With 144 islands, we really are spoiled for choice with spectacular destinations for our day sailing adventures. We have our favourites of course, and we can’t wait to share one of our top destinations with you, we will choose from either Urupukapuka, Motuarahia, Moturua, or Waewaetoria for our island stopover.

During our morning sail, enjoy a morning tea cuppa and bikkie along the way and we’ll share some great conversation with you, along with insights to the Bay of Islands geography and history. If you’re a keen sailor, or wanna be sailor please let us know we’d love to include you if you want to take part, we’ll even reserve VIP seating with the captain & crew. It takes approx 2 hours to sail to our island destination.

There’s nothing better than exploring a remote island after sailing into a beautiful bay – it’s all part of the adventure!

During our 2 hour island stop over, the boat anchors right up close to the beach where you can step off and enjoy some great water activities like snorkelling and paddle boarding for the water babies. And for those who prefer terra firma under their feet there are great hiking trails for find picturesque views, soak up the sounds of the birdsong.

Enjoy a delicious packed lunch at a stunning picnic spot of your choice. Take a refreshing swim or simply dig your toes into the sand and relax – the choice is yours.

Once we’ve finished our island adventures we set sail again, making the most of our beautiful sea breezes on the home run. So watch the wind fill the sails, kick back, relax and enjoy the peace and tranquillity – a perfect end to our Day Sailing adventures.

The Barefoot Crew offer you a great opportunity to experience day sailing at its best, in a world-renowned sailing destination. So grab some friends, bring the family or simply take some time out for yourself.

Ideal For:

  • Birthday Celebrations
  • Family Groups
  • Hen’s Parties
  • Wedding Events
  • Work Functions
  • Education Groups

Your day your way !

The Island Hopper Day Cruise, Lagoon Bay Cruise and the Sundowner Evening Cruise are all great options for your Private Charter. These charters are well planned to show you the best of the Bay of Islands in either a full day sailing and island experience, a half day sailing and island experience or a leisurely jaunt on an evening sail around the inner Bay of Islands.

If you would like something a little different, our sailing charters are flexible – we’ll work in with the kind of experience you want to have. Whether you want an experience that involves you in the sailing of the boat,  learning the ropes with our qualified sailing instructor, or a done for you more leisurely, relaxed sail. The choice is yours!

We’re happy to discuss all the options with you to tailor a package to suit your occasion, making your Bay of Islands sailing charter a truly unforgettable experience.

See more details about each option within the cruise pages, and contact us to enquire, we’ll work out the details together.

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