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

Highlights
  • Half-day R. Tucker Thompson tall ship cruise in the Bay of Islands
  • Sail the waters on a replica vintage schooner
  • Bite into fresh scones, sip cream tea and enjoy a BBQ lunch served on board
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Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch
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Departing PaihiaMost Popular
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.
From US$108.77
Departing Russell
Departing from Russell. The R.Tucker Thompson leaves Russell wharf at 10am sharp, returning at to Russell wharf at 3.30pm.
From US$108.77
Overview
Sail the Bay of Islands on a working tall ship aboard the famed ‘R. Tucker Thompson,’ built in the tradition of a 100-year-old Northland schooner. Ply the waters of the pristine bay, where you can help hoist the sails, climb the rigging or simply relax on board, then swim while anchored in a sheltered bay in the maritime park. Enjoy morning tea and a barbecue lunch, with an optional complimentary ferry ride from Paihia to Russell, where your vessel departs.
What to Expect
Make your way to the Russell wharf and board the tall ship R. Tucker Thompson, a working Northland schooner that has sailed the world. If departing from Paihia, you’ll take the 30-minute Fullers Bay Belle Ferry across to Russell (round-trip ferry ticket included if selected at booking). 

Embark on a 5.5-hour sailing tour through the Bay of Islands, and enjoy the New Zealand tradition of morning tea with freshly baked scones and Devonshire tea brewed in the galley. You can take the helm, help set the sails or just catch the breeze on the spacious deck while you listen to tales from the crew about the tall ship's adventures at sea.

Your skipper anchors the R. Tucker Thompson in a sheltered cove at lunchtime. Step ashore at one of the bay’s secluded islands or swing from the yardarm and splash into the water for a swim. With all this sea air and activity you'll have a hearty appetite, taken care of by a tasty barbecue lunch cooked on board. 

Then climb the rigging to keep a lookout for fairy penguins, dolphins and seabirds on the return to Russell.
Reviews (108)
1 - 5 of 45 reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago
The best way to spend a day in the Bay of islands

Incredible relaxing sailing experience in the Bay of Islands! I would highly recommend this tour to anybody, families with children and people of any age. The crew of four is highly professional, competent, delightful and extremely courteous. The lunch served on the boat was delicious,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank grazia_2125
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile
Wonderful

A totally unforgettable day, so relaxing and yet so exciting. The overall experience is enhanced by the good works done by the crew and company. The very knowledgeable and fun crew filled us in on local and national history including personal family involvement. By far...More

Thank johnmA6257QU
RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We're so glad you had an unforgettable day - we also think our crew is fun (and hardworking) - and they always go 110% to make you day special. Thank you for joining us aboard!

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile
Great day out

Crew were friendly and fun, made to feel very welcome and safe. Well keeped vessel and sailed nicely. Plenty to get involved in or do nothing and enjoy the views. Climb the last for spectacular views and if feeling brave jump or swing from the...More

Thank Snips91
RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your comments - we are glad you felt welcomed - that is exactly how we want our passengers to feel - and it sounds like you had a great day on the water! Kia ora!

Reviewed 6 days ago
had a blast

We spent an amazing day on the deck of Tucker Thompson. We ecommend this activity with fully confidence.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Maciek H
RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Kia ora and thank you very much for your recommendation. It is appreciated and all profits go to a good cause.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wonderful experience

A true sailing experience on this fantastic tall ship. We were able to lend a hand and climb the rigging too. Sailing around the Bay of Islands from this beautiful ship was amazing - stopping at an island to explore, BBQ lunch etc. Would recommend...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank PMP54
RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for your recommendation and we are very pleased you enjoyed your day with us. We appreciate you have a choice of activities so thank you for joining us, kia ora!

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