Sailing in the Bay of Islands



Phantom – 50ft monohull – Day sail that includes Robin’s famous home baking. This is a fabulous boat to get out and actually sail on, you can do as much or as little as you like! Take the helm and with a little help from Rick and Robin then experience her race pedigree for yourself. The Bay of Islands is one of the world’s most beautiful cruising grounds.  Sit back and relax, see it under sail, and get lost in the history where whalers and the native canoes once journeyed.

 Adult $125


Kingfisher Yacht Charters

Both Kingfisher (40ft) and Kamalua (45ft)  specialise in small groups, families and exclusive charters to provide that special personal touch – feel like it is your boat for the day. There are hundreds of beaches and bays to explore in the Bay of Islands and Kingfisher will give you an experience that you will savor for the rest of your life. Sit back and relax, see it under sail, and get lost in the history where whalers and the native canoes once journeyed. Enjoy lunch in one of the many spectacular bays, swim off the boat or beach, take time to walk and explore ashore.

 Adult $130

R.Tucker Thompson

If you want to go sailing in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, then welcome on board the R.Tucker Thompson! Operated by a not-for-profit charitable trust, this iconic Northland tall ship provides a range of experiences for all ages and all nationalities. Our day sails in the Bay of Islands are often voted the best of any holiday; our youth sail training voyages can be life changing experiences. For businesses wishing to develop staff, our Leadership Development Challenge is an ideal way to build leadership capability.

Adult $155 Child $77.50

Departs Daily 10am

Afternoon Sail:  Adult $67.50 Child $33.75 

Departs Russell at 4pm

She's A Lady

Day sail through the inner islands of the Bay and enjoy a BIG day out with a SMALL personalized group. Relax in the comfort of a yacht that has spent many years cruising and chartering throughout the South Pacific.  One of their main goals is to have happy guests who will experience a day they will never forget. Sit back and relax, see it under sail, and get lost in the history where whalers and the native canoes once journeyed.

Adult $100

Departs Daily 10am

Gungha - Sail the Bay

65ft monohull – Gungha II is a go-fast ocean sailing yacht.  She is fully equipped with a wide range of modern sailing and navigational gear, if you are keen to sail the boat just ask!  The crew are all ocean trained and will help you sail, or you can just sit back, relax and enjoy. An island stopover is included where you can bush-walk, beach-comb, swim, snorkel and more.  Our yummy fresh lunch with veggie option is included.

Adult $120

Great Escape - Sail Yourself

Great Escape charters has a fleet of 11 well-maintained yachts from 20 to 31 feet to suit all budgets.  All the yachts are Kiwi designed and built to sail well, so you get a REAL New Zealand experience. Great Escape is a family-owned and operated company that are very passionate about sailing and the Bay of Islands.  They have been chartering yachts and teaching sailing for over 15 years and they guarantee a friendly personal New Zealand experience. Learn to sail options are available and range from 2 days 6 days with IYT and Yachting NZ qualifications - Courses that can change the direction of your life!  


Various options on different boats

Vigilant Yacht Charters

Our fully equipped sailing yacht offers you the very best in quality comfort and relaxation. Lunch, enjoyed on the yacht deck or as a picnic on the beach, is hand prepared for you by Chef and Skipper Nik. Dolphins, penguins & seabirds are frequently sighted and the scenery is spectacular so remember to pack your camera. Ask Nik about Shellfish gathering as you can try your hand at catching lunch!

Adult $130

Carino Wildlife Cruises

Come sailing on Carino NZ in the calm waters of the stunning Bay of Islands.Surround yourself with the abundant wildlife as wild dolphins come and say hello. Indulge in a delicious lunch, stop over at beautiful remote islands, and sink your toes into sandy beaches. Experience with us and help protect our wild dolphins! Surrounded by deep blue water, vivid green islands and diverse wildlife, sailing on Carino NZ our 50ft catamaran is the best way to experience the stunning bay of islands. On board help to set sails or sit back and relax as the sails catch the breeze.

Adult $140

Child $97