• Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Duration: 5.5 hours (approx.)
From GBP 89.76

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What better way to explore the peaceful waters of the Bay of Islands than by the "R. Tucker Thompson" tall ship. This replica of a 100 year old schooner looks just like a working ship of the 18th century and you can spend the day onboard exploring the bays and beaches of this beautiful Maritime Park.

Catch the breeze and set sail for the day from either Paihia or Russell on board the unique tall ship "R. Tucker Thompson", built in the tradition of 100 year old schooners by local Northlanders. She has sailed the world but today will explore the somewhat calmer seas of the Bay of Islands with you on board.

Help set the sails, take the helm or just lie back on deck and relax. Hear tales of the ship's exploits from the crew. Enjoy the Devonshire tea freshly baked and brewed in the galley each morning.

At lunchtime the vessel anchors in a secluded bay. Step ashore, take a swim or try swinging from the yardarm. With all this sea air and activity you'll have a hearty appetite - taken care of by a tasty barbecue lunch cooked on board. Return to either Paihia or Russell this afternoon.

If departing from Paihia you will need to take the regular ferry (departs every 20-minutes) to Russel wharf to meet the tall ship R. Tucker Thompson. Note return ferry pass is included..

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:

Customers need to come to the Paihia Maritime Building at 69 Marsden Road (next to wharf and I-site) by 9:15 to pick up tickets in order to board ferry to Russell at 9:30.

Departure Time:
  • 10:00am. If you are staying in Paihia, you will need to catch the Fullers Bay Belle across to Russell at 9:30am
5.5 hours
Return Details:

The cruise concludes at the original point of departure

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Departing Paihia

Departing from Paihia. Includes return Fullers Bay Belle Ferry across to Russell. The R.Tucker Thompson leaves Russell wharf at 10am sharp, returning at to Russell wharf at 3.30pm.

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Departing Russell

Departing from Russell. The R.Tucker Thompson leaves Russell wharf at 10am sharp, returning at to Russell wharf at 3.30pm.

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Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch

Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson'

  • Cruise on board the "R. Tucker Thompson" tall ship
  • Roundtrip "Fullers Bay Belle" ferry tickets (if Paihia option selected)
  • Morning tea
  • BBQ lunch
  • Wet weather gear (if required)
  • New Zealand's Goods and Services Tax (GST)
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
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Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 7 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Reno N, January 2017

Had an amazing sail out in the Bay of Islands. The rope swing off the side was fantastic. It was great to be supporting educational opportunities for local kids and to have a blast doing it. Our crew was very knowledgeable and friendly. The boat is designed to sail with a very small crew of 4 or 5 people, so while there were opportunities for the 50 odd passengers to help sail the Tucker if they wanted to, it was first-come first-serve and I didn't get a chance to participate as much as I was hoping to. That didn't matter though, because we spent a lot of time out on the bowsprit and up in the rigging just hanging out. Great time from start to finish!

Reviewed by: Anthony M, June 2016

A great day and well worth it. Getting to see isolated bays you can't approach from land.
Crew very friendly and informative.