Tall Ship Sailing in the Bay of Islands

Tall Ship Sailing Bay of Islands

R.Tucker Thompson – Day Sail

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.

Sailing Bay of Islands

Adult $159 Child $79.50

Departs Daily 10am

Afternoon Sail:  Adult $67.50 Child $33.75 

Departs Russell at 4pm

Tall Ship Sailing Bay of Islands

R.Tucker Thompson - Sundowner Sail

This short Sundowner sail on board the tall ship R.Tucker Thompson is perfect if you don’t have time for a full day in the Bay but still want a unique tall ship experience. Departing from Russell wharf at 4.00pm, the trip is a relaxing sail through the inner bay around the area of Paihia and Waitangi. Scheduled trips start from November 13th.

  • Free ferry transfers to Russell on any ferry
  • Shared antipasto platter
  • Licensed cash bar on board for local wines and beers
  • Chance to take the helm, help hoist the sails or rid the bowsprit
  • Plenty of room to relax
Sailing Bay of Islands

Adult $67.50 Child $33.75

3.30 pm Paihia (via Bay Belle)
4.00 pm Russell Wharf

5.45 pm Russell Wharf
6.00 pm Paihia (via Bay Belle)

Tall Ship Sailing Bay of Islands

R.Tucker Thompson - Charter the Ship

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 classic day sail in the Bay departs from Russell Wharf at 10.00 and returns at 15.30. It’s a great option for groups looking for a social club day out, a family get together or a special event. We’re happy to discuss an earlier start or later finish to suit your programme. 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.

Sailing Bay of Islands

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays $3,800
Friday,  Saturday, Sunday, Monday $4,750
Per additional hour $400
Morning tea, lunch per person $27.00
Ferry return $6.00

Tall Ship Sailing Bay of Islands

R.Tucker Thompson - 3 Days, 2 Nights

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.
The Bay of Islands is not only a place of stunning scenery, but rich in stories. It is a place of first arrivals from Polynesia and significant Māori settlement, home to early encounters with European explorers, a place of trade and industry, colonisation and subsequent wars. This turbulent past is barely visible today. Nowadays the focus is on recovery and restoration, with landscapes being restored and native birds returned to the islands. What better way to discover this beautiful place and explore the Bays than on board Taitokerau Northland’s own tall ship, the traditional gaff rigged schooner R. Tucker Thompson.

Sailing Bay of Islands

Price: $995 per person

includes bunk style accommodation and three meals per day on board the R. Tucker Thompson.

Three departures are available in November, December and March.