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RNZYS Cruise to Magical Fiordland

Over the summer, RNZYS members got away from it all to experience Fiordland by sea. Life Member Peter Montgomery was blown away by the sheer scale of it

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Cruising with the Luxe Set

March 2016, Australian Women's Weekly

Cruising the pristine Hauraki Gulf on a boutique motor-yacht offers the chance to escape everyday life for a week of luxury wining, dining and exploring, discovers

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My Apologies to the Golfers at Kauri Cliffs - It was only me!

May 2014, Cruise Passenger

The term ‘luxury’ is often overused in descriptors for tourism product and holiday experiences, however my holiday aboard Island Escape Cruises in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands was nothing short of luxurious. In fact, ‘decadent’ is a more apt way to describe my four-day cruise and heli golf experience...

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Sounds Idyllic

March 2014, Cruise Passenger

So this is what it must feel like to be a billionaire: sweeping over some of New Zealand’s most dramatic scenery in a private helicopter and landing on the back deck of a luxury yacht.  Touching down on the helipad of the Island Passage, waiting for us in Fiordland’s George Sound, sets the tone for a six-night cruise in a remote and pristine environment...

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February 2014, The Australian

Dolphins are bounding towards us, their sleek grey bodies leaping in unison. It’s a welcoming committee of a score or more, a cavalcade of joy that elicits laughter from those of us lucky enough to receive this unexpected escort into Bligh Sound in New Zealand’s Fiordland...

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Cool Cat Cruising

June 2013, Destination Luxury

Sudden cries jolt our peaceful cruise mood and send us rushing to the side of our catamaran. A phalanx of silvery missiles slices through the water. It’s a flight of bottlenose dolphins. Hugging our bow, they keep abreast of the fast-moving vessel, mere centimetres from the hull..

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Golfing - as good as it gets

April 2013, Total Travel

Imagine playing 90 holes of golf in 6 days with up to 15 mates, and never having to leave the “clubhouse”. That's what a golf escape cruise package on the 42-metre Island Passage vessel is all about. Adding to the “wow factor” of these luxury golf safaris are the helicopter transfers. That’s right - guests are airlifted to each course from a helipad handily located on the rear of the ship.....

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Island Dreaming

April 2013,

One August night in Dusky Sound, I stood on the upper deck of Island Passage, a small ship built for exploring New Zealand waters mostly inaccessible to larger vessels. The spectacle was entrancing. An astonishing carpet of magic lights spread across the inky sky. Binoculars revealed zillions more stars, suggesting the infinite mysteries of the universe....

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SATW president begins her New Zealand cruise aboard the Island Passage

April 2013, All Things Cruise

Island Passage is the flagship and entire fleet of Island Escape Adventure Cruises of Auckland, New Zealand. She is one of the few ships that makes five -and six-night sailings around New Zealand...

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Island Escapes “Island Passage”

April 2013, Online Cruise Advisor

After hearing so many great reports from colleagues and friends, who had been lucky enough to experience an Island Escape cruise onboard “Island Passage”, I was fortunate enough to have a walk around myself to see what all the fuss was about..

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South Pacific cruising with Island Escape

April 2013, Cruise Passenger

When you need a mid-year escape to recharge the batteries, a short cruise in the tropical waters of Vanuatu offers the perfect fix. A three-hour flight takes you from Australia or New Zealand to a completely different world: one of scenic, volcanic islands, vibrant coral reefs and a complex culture that spans thousands of years..

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Cruising Kiri and Ronnie's hideaways in feet-up luxury

January 2013, The National Business Review

A lot of New Zealanders are familiar with the historic and scenic delights of the Bay of Islands.
Most folk know it from land-based locations such as Paihia, Waitangi, Kerikeri and Russell.
Some see it from a variety of watercraft – yachts, motor boats and jet skis.
But taking in the bay’s many charms from a $7 million floating luxury lodge takes the biscuit.

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Seeing Vanuatu at its Best in Style

August 2012, NZ Fishing News

Fishing trips to the Pacific can be fickle affairs, depending on the co-operation of the fish, the weather and the crews.

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Intimate Cruising in Vanuatu

January 2011, Jo Peterson Team leader at Cruiseabout Takapuna cruised Vanuatu on her honeymoon:

 Cruising thropugh the Islands of Vanuatu is always one of the most intimate and relaxing ways to experience the South Pacific. Jo Peterson from Cruiseabout Takapuna in Auckland shares her expoerience whilst on her honeymoon, cruising with Island Escape in Vanuatu read blog

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Auckland 5 Night Cruise

November 2011, Blog Betsa Marsh President of the Society of American Travel Writers

Betsa joined us for our 5 night cruise through the Hauraki Gulf late last year - a day by day account of her time aboard. read article


Great Snapper Escape 

June 2011, NZ Fishing News

There is something to be said about a stay-away snapper mission to a remote location, where you return to the lap of luxury at the end of each foray. read article


Vanuatu - by Susan Buckland

February 2011, NZ Herald

Land divers leave Susan Buckland in awe, risking life and limb to prove their manhood. read article


Winter Sun at blue lagoon

June 2010, Dominion Post

Insane ancient rituals and dazzling tropical colour convince Diana Balham that a break from the Kiwi winter is the stuff of dreams. read article


Vanuatu: Stepping back to a land where time stands still

February 2010, NZ Herald

She knows of a Kiwi couple who were living in the bush of Espiritu Santo, the largest of the 83 islands, which has pockets of civilisation but is mostly jungle. read article


Vanuatu: Dancing to the beat of an island haven

February 2010, NZ Herald

Chief Nelson is waiting on the beach. You can't really tell from this distance that the diminutive figure in a blue Hawaiian-style shirt with missing front article


All Aboard To Discover 'Bali Hai'

September 2009, NZ Herald

If you were that way inclined all you'd have to do is lean off the back of the boat, put a net in the water and you'd have sardines for breakfast. read article


All Aboard To Discover 'Bali Hai' Page 1 & 2

September 2009, Weekend Review

IF YOU were that way inclined all you’d have to do is lean off the back of the boat, put a net in the water and you’d have sardines for page 1 read page 2


Island Dreaming

Winter 2009, Cruise Passenger Magazine 

One August night in Dusky Sound, I stood on the upper deck of Island Passage, a small ship built for exploring New Zealand waters mostly inaccessible to larger vessels. read article


Captain's Table

Issue 9, 2009, Weekend Magazine



Playtime in Vanatu

July 2009, New Zealand Fishing News

Pentecost is not expecting us. The villagers of the Latano Catholique Mission, in the north of the rugged little island, watch as we take a small boat from our luxurious small cruise ship, the Island Passage... read article


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