The sheltered waters of beautiful Lake Rotoiti are home to one of New Zealand’s little known experiences, the luxury sailing catamaran Tiua. The fresh water encounters Pure Cruise create are now iconic and are enjoyed by guests from all over the world, but the story behind this business success is one of creativity, challenge and friendship.
Started by four adventurous friends with the idea of bringing luxury sailing to the geothermal lakes, the perfect vessel was discovered languishing in a boat yard in the Caribbean Island of Granada. Matt Horder, one of the directors and the main Skipper, knew this was the perfect boat to bring home to the shores of Lake Rotoiti, “As soon as I saw it listed – it was the right size and layout, able to host a family comfortably, but also a group of 30” The yacht had been left on the land for 9 years and had endured at least 2 hurricanes there so was in a sorry state – the price was right if we could only sail it home.
Matt called the owner and he said ‘If you want it, then to have to be here in 48 hours as the phone is ringing off the hook. I left for Grenada that night and 37 hours later I was there’. The boat was perfect, battered and in need of a complete overhaul – but with beautiful bones. A small group of friends from Okere Falls on the lake shore joined Matt & Co-owner Tina for the four month journey of over 9000 nautical miles through the Caribbean Sea to the Panama Canal, across the Pacific to the Galapagos Islands then through French Polynesia with final landfall at Tauranga.
She then had a full re-fit and was christened ‘Tiua’ meaning ‘to move with the wind’ and today shows little evidence of her humble beginnings. Tiua is a spectacular sight, luxurious & elegant, cruising the shores of Lake Rotoiti under sail…but she is so much more than just a sailing experience. Pure Cruise offers a genuine, personal encounter exploring the native bays and coves of this beautiful lake under sail. Fish for Rainbow Trout, soak in the lake edge thermal pools and hear stories & legends of the local Maori, all accompanied by fine wine and great food. There are glow worm caves to swim into and stand up paddle boards to challenge you and even cliff jumping.
Your time on the water can be as active or passive as you like, the yacht Tiua is truly an off the beaten track indulgence that is naturally served. The yacht is still run by friend and locals of the lake who’d love to share their beautiful playground with you.
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"Each year our Bookclub goes for a sail on Pure Cruise as a special treat. It is always a wonderful evening. So comfortable and relaxed and a great way to catch up. Shilo, Antonia and Kahui did a fantasyjob sailing and looking after us all."
"We spent a lovely day with Matt and Lou with this excursion offered through Royal Caribbean, and the entire experience was FANTASTIC. Staff was wonderful and professional, the vessel was very clean and very nice, and it was a beautiful sail. Well worth it and you will not be...
"My daughters and I spent the day with Pure Cruise sailing on the lake in Rotorua. We had a fabulous time! The crew was fantastic, and the boat was beautiful. We sailed around and ended up at a geo thermal pool where we soaked in the pools for a while before boarding the boat again. Truly...
Leah, Los Angeles