Jack Tar Sailing Co, Lyttelton

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Jack Tar Sailing Co, Canterbury

Classic Sailing at its best on a 36 ft Gaff Yawl "Oyster" built in 1902 by Charles Bailey Jr for an adventure you will never forget.

During your trip with us, you will get an opportunity to see the many sights of Lyttelton Harbour.

Sailing Tours on Lyttelton Harbour

Romantic Evening Cruise

What could be more romantic than a sailing trip for two with your own skippered sailboat for the evening?  

For something special for you and your partner, take one of our romantic evening cruises.

Feel the gentle breezes among the colours of an evening on the harbour.

For a memorable date night, proposal, or small wedding, book one of our evening sailing trips.

Half Day Sailing Trip

Experience first hand what it is like to sail an old sail boat.

Once you are out on the water, you will have the chance to see the beautiful scenery of Lyttelton Harbour, sailing around small bays and islands.

If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of dolphins swimming alongside the boat.

Perfect for family outings, or as a corporate team building activity, our half day trips are popular.  For only $300 total for six people, that's only $50 a head to sail on the oldest sailboat on the New Zealand Survey register for the morning, with a very knowledgeable and friendly skipper.

Tea and coffee are provided.

Full Day Sailing Adventure

Take a full day to explore Lyttelton Harbour and its immediate bays.  

Perhaps you'd like to sail to the secluded bay of Rapaki and view the Marae there?  

Quail Island offers many walks and historical places nestled among sandy beaches.  

Or perhaps you'd like to enjoy a sheltered anchorage for lunch, diving from the boat and watching for dolphins.  

The harbour is your Oyster for the day - where do you want to explore?

Where we go within the harbour will be determined by a combination of the day's weather and your group's adventurous spirit.

You'll need to pack a lunch for your team, and we'll provide the tea and coffee.

Sailing Instruction on Lyttelton Harbour

NZQA Learn to Sail Units #21930, #21931 & #21933

If you are keen to learn how to sail, do an Learn to Sail course with us on the Lyttelton Harbour, receiving a Certificate of Proficiency upon completion, from either Yachting New Zealand or NZQA, as Mike is both a unit standards based registered assessor & a Yachting New Zealand Seamanship Level 3 Instructor.

You'll be on the water for a minimum of eight hours over two days, plus an additional four hours of theory either in the cabin or on land depending on the conditions.  

At the end of the course, you'll gain nine unit credits in the following units:

  • Make Safety Preparations for sailing a keelboat #21930 - 2 Credits
  • Basic principles of sailing NZQA #21931 - 3 Credits
  • Certified sailing keep boat crew member NZQA #21933 - 4 Credits



Jack Tar Sailing Co, Lyttelton Enquiry Form


Godley Quay
Lyttelton 8062


Mobile: 0274 355 239


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Jack Tar Sailing Co, Lyttelton Enquiry Form