Full Day Bay of Islands Sailing

    The Bay of Islands are the most idyllic place to sail around. Explore from the sea.

    Join us for a day sailing trip on the Bay of Islands.

    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.

    The R. Tucker Thompson – a traditional gaff-rigged schooner with her own unique history – provides the perfect day out for anyone who loves the water. Choose to make it an active adventure, or simply relax while this impressive ship sails around the Bay of Islands.

    Join us for a day sailing trip on the Bay of Islands, where you can help hoist the sails, swim in sheltered bays, or simply relax on board. Sail aboard the R. Tucker Thompson, a traditional gaff-rigged schooner with a unique history, and experience the pristine waters of the Bay of Islands. With a maximum of 50 passengers, this is an intimate and memorable way to explore one of New Zealand’s most stunning natural wonders. Book your spot today and enjoy an unforgettable day on the water.

    You’ll be awestruck by the beautiful sailing conditions on the Bay of Islands.

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      R Tucker Thompson Day Sailing

      Departing from Paihia, you’ll take the 30-minute Fullers Bay Belle Ferry across to Russell. At Russell wharf you ill board the tall ship R. Tucker Thompson, a working Northland schooner that has sailed the world.

      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.

      Booking Info
      • Enjoy an active day on the water and participate in the work of a traditional tall ship with the R. Tucker Thompson, a gaff-rigged schooner.
      • Explore the Bay of Islands region by boat
      • Child age 5-14 years, children 4 and under go free but meals are not included

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