Sailing in the Bay of Islands


Cool Change Charters

Enjoy level sailing, all-round visibility and heaps of comfortable space, inside and out. Our charters are ideal for a day on the water, an overnight stay or extended sailing holiday. We aim to give you an amazing sailing experience in this very special area. Only private boat charters are offered on this elegant vessel. She is very stable and does not lean over when sailing making it an enjoyable experience even for the less confident.

 6 X Adult $2250


Barefoot Sailing Adventures

Come join the Barefoot Sailing crew for a magical day sailing around the Bay of Islands. Trips depart daily from the Paihia beachfront, cruising among our beautiful marine playground aboard Kopiko. Our 33ft performance catamaran is built for speed and she gets you where you want to go in comfort and style! There’s plenty of deck space to spread out and relax, so grab a bean bag and chalk up some leisure time. Enjoy a day of sun kissed skin, windswept hair, and salty smiles!

 Adult $140


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 $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 $159 Child $79.50

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

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

Charter the R.Tucker

Yes, you heard right! Charter the whole vessel for the day or just the afternoon. For special occasions, it doesn’t get more special than this! Charter the R. Tucker Thompson for your own group and see where the wind takes you. Our pricing is for the ship fully crewed and regular meals but we can discuss options of different menus depending on your occasion. Available 15 November until Easter, we can take up to 47 passengers in total.

From $3800

BOI Discovery Voyage

Normally the preserve of teenagers, now’s your chance to come sailing on this beautiful tall ship and experience the Bay of Islands. For three days and two nights, you’ll get to explore the amazing history and stunning scenery of this beautiful part of Aotearoa New Zealand. We can take a maximum of 10 people only (minimum of 7), so why not charter the ship for a group and have an adventure you will remember for ever. These sailings are only offered on Tuesdays through Thursdays so secure your place.


 or Adult $995