All about the Full Day Tall Ship Sail

The Bay of Islands is one of the top cruise destinations in the South Pacific and deservedly so! We’d love to welcome you on board the R. Tucker Thompson

The traditional gaff-rigged schooner, R. Tucker Thompson was started by R. Tucker Thompson in the late 1970s as a project to embody the best features of a traditional design, married to the materials of today. After Tucker’s death, the R. Tucker Thompson was completed by Tucker’s son Tod Thompson and Russell Harris. The ship was built in Mangawhai, New Zealand and launched in 1985. Her design is based on the Halibut schooners of the North West American coast which were considered fast and sea kindly and easily manned. She has a lofty rig of varnished Oregon spars. Kwila decks and bulwarks with flashes of brasswork to make her look as she should, a working ship of the 19th Century, purposeful and square-shouldered, but with a touch of style and speed – sufficient to out-run the law! The hull is 6mm steel with 3 watertight bulkheads, a steel deck overlaid with kwila hardwood and 75mm hatch coamings. This gives her immense integrity and strength and she is absolutely dry below. 

A great day out to visit the Bay of Islands.


Full Day Tall Ship Sail Itinerary - 1 days

  • Day 1 R. Tucker Thompson Tall Ship Full Day Sail
    A day out on board is fun for all ages! Join the crew and help set the sails, grab a harness and ride on the bowsprit or even climb the rigging. For the less adventurous, just relax and enjoy the Devonshire tea freshly baked 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 barbeque lunch cooked on board. The ship is spacious and comfortable and the friendly crew makes it a personal experience enjoyed by all ages.
    You will depart from Russell Wharf
    Help set the sails (there are no electric winches)
    Enjoy morning tea of scones, cream, and jam
    Take the Helm and steer the ship
    Ride the bowsprit with the waves below
    Climb the rigging if you dare - it's an outstanding view from the yards
    Enjoy an island stop off and head ashore for a walk or swim
    Swing from the yardarm into the seas
    Tuck into a tasty lunch of BBQ chicken, salads, and bread
    Enjoy a drink from our cash bar
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Full Day Tall Ship Sail Price information
NZD per person



Tour code: RT1
Child (5-14 years old)
Adult. For travel April 1 2019 to March 31 2020
Child. For travel April 1 2019 to March 31 2020

Departure information


Departs: 9.30 am from Paihia wharf via free ferry transfer, 10.00 am from Russell Wharf

Returns 4.00pm Paihia wharf via free ferry transfer, 3.30 pm to Russell Wharf

Departure Days: Daily between 1st November to Easter weekend, closed Christmas Day.


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Dietary: Please advise any dietary requirements or medical conditions when reconfirming reservation.


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