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Day Sailing Mercury Bay

Day Sailing Mercury Bay and Mercury Islands

sailing trip - 4 Day wildlife watching


All cruises offer:

  • Fun and adventure
  • Active sailing
  • Snorkelling and swimming opportunities
  • Pristine anchorages, adventure ashore to explore beaches
  • Tea & Coffee on board, BYO
Passengers might experience sea spray, salty skin, untamed 80's hairstyles and sunny smiles


Gift Vouchers:

  • Gift Vouchers are valid for 6 months from date of purchase
  • You don?t have to pick a date straight away you can leave it open dated so the recipient can choose their own date.
  • Gift Vouchers can be delivered via an instant email voucher or purchased on board


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 traditions with the comfort and safety of the 1990's.

She is a broad, stable vessel with a large deck. Facilities include a comfortable saloon with ample seating area, a galley, and a toilet and shower.
She sleeps up to 6 guests comfortably in 3 private cabins with 2 single berths and one private cabin with a double berth.             Watch our video >>>


We offer 1-day cruises to 4-day adventure vacations in the most scenic and romantic cruising grounds of the Mercury Bay and surrounding Islands. While aboard, you are invited to help the captain sail the ship, take a turn at the wheel, help set & trim sails or simply sit back and relax on our spacious decks. Chances are you will see dolphins any time of the year as they do not migrate and absolutely love sailboats, generally making a bee-line straight for us to swim and frolic in the bow. Of course on all our cruises we are likely to encounter Blue Penguins, Gannets, Gulls, Terns and other ocean birds.

On our 1-day sailing cruises, we offer not only classical day sailing but also theme cruises like our popular Pirate Party Trip. Be "Captain Sparrow" for a day! Walk the plank and climb the rigging. This cruises are amusing, entertaining and a blast not only for our younger guests but also very popular amongst adults.

Joing the Pirate Party
Day Sailing

If you join us for one of our 4-day wildlife spotting trips to the great Barrier Islands, you will be impressed by the array of marine and bird life that inhabits this area. Bryde's Whale encounters are common as they visit the area of the Great Barrier Islands regularly that time a year and don?t forget the thousands of Gannets that nest every spring on Motutaiko Island. Camera a MUST !

Your Captain & Skipper Avon Hansford
has over 35 years sailing experience and
gained a unique repertoire of sea stories, salty skin and a sunny smile.
He has sailed the Mercury Islands and surrounding coastal regions extensively, knows all the best and pristine anchorages, best walks and most interesting sites.

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