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Pure Cruise New Zealand offers a luxury eco-cruising experience aboard the 53 ft sailing catamaran ‘Tiua’ out on the crystal waters of Lake Rotoiti, in the Rotorua lakes area, New Zealand.
Pure Cruise have been offering intimate charters to guests since 2008 and are now renowned as one of the most unique sailing experiences in New Zealand.
The story of how the Pure Cruise catamaran came to be resting in its mooring in Okawa Bay is truly inspirational. Starting with a dream and followed by an 8,000 nautical mile journey, a lot of hard work and preservation Pure Cruise New Zealand was born.
It is hard to imagine that “Tiua”, the Pure Cruise catamaran was once a private catamaran based on the other side of the world on the island of Grenada in the middle of the Caribbean.
The privately owned 53 ft catamaran was originally named ‘Mandarin’ and was only ever used on occasions when the owners had time to take a Caribbean holiday. Due to this infrequent use Mandarin was put up for sale.
With a keen eye for a good opportunity, Pure Cruise Director and Skipper Matt Horder could see true potential in this vessel and with business partner Tina Masters set about securing ownership of the yacht with the intent of setting up Pure Cruise luxury sailing charters.
After making the big decision, Pure Cruise became the ships new owner. Matt & Tina and their crew then spent a few weeks in the Caribbean stocking up on supplies and getting the boat sea ready for their Pacific ocean passage to its soon to be new home in the North Island of New Zealand.
Matt, Tina and the crew embarked on a once in a life time opportunity and experienced sailing through the Panama Canal as well as visiting the Galapagos Islands, Marquesas Island, Tahiti and Rarotonga before arriving in Mount Maunganui.
“Sailing 24 hours a day 7 days a week is tough. It was hard mentally and physically, especially with such a tight time frame… It was a real mission but I would do it all again in a heartbeat” says Matt.
After spending 3 months in Mount Maunganui refitting the boat to its former glory the boat was officially renamed Tiua, meaning “to move with the wind” in Maori.
The easy part was over. The now fully restored 53 ft, 19 tonne, luxury catamaran then had to be transported the last 100km of its journey to its new home on Lake Rotoiti by truck! Although a very tense experience the boat made it without a hitch and was gently craned into the lake where it is now based.
The Tiua has settled in well to its new location and now sails the peaceful bays of Lake Rotoiti catering for groups, weddings, private charters and even trout fishing trips.
From one idyllic destination to another, the sandy beaches, palm trees and salty air of the Caribbean, to the native New Zealand bush and calm fresh waters of Lake Rotoiti, the Pure Cruise catamaran has been show casing the best Rotorua has to offer to guests from all over the world.
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