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Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch provided by R. Tucker Thompson

Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch
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Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch
By R. Tucker Thompson
Recommended by 97% of travelers
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Top off a trip to the Bay of Islands with a sailing adventure aboard the “R. Tucker Thompson.” You can help hoist the sails on this tall ship, a replica of a 100-year-old schooner. It’s ideal for exploring the bays and beaches of the maritime park. Catch a complimentary ferry from Paihia to Russell and enjoy a barbecue lunch provided on board.
from
$101.51
per adult
from
$101.51
per adult

Lowest price guaranteeFree cancellation

Ages 0-99, max of 9 per group
Duration:
5h 30m
Start time: Check availability
Ticket type:
Mobile
English

Highlights
  • Sail aboard the "R. Tucker Thompson" tall ship
  • Bay of Islands ferry included from Paihia to Russel
  • BBQ lunch served at a sheltered cove: ideal for swimming
  • Operated by a charitable trust that supports youth development

  • Cruise on board the "R. Tucker Thompson" tall ship
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • BBQ lunch
  • Wet weather gear (if required)
  • New Zealand's Goods and Services Tax (GST)
What's not included
  • Hotel pick up and drop off


Departure details
  • Russell Booking and Information, The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand We provide free ferry transfers to and from Paihia to Russell
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3203_1B

  • Please talk to us about any physical disabilities. We try hard to accommodate all travelers!
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 47 travelers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

How much is Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch?
Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch price starts from $100.97. Discover and book Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch on Tripadvisor
What is the Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch cancellation policy?
Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch?
Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch is hosted by R. Tucker Thompson. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact R. Tucker Thompson on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch on Tripadvisor
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If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 3203_1B

Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Russell Booking and Information
    The Strand, Russell 0202, New Zealand
    We provide free ferry transfers to and from Paihia to Russell
    See address & details
  • 1
    Paihia Harbour
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • 2
    R. Tucker Thompson
    Stop: 15 minutes
    See details
  • 3
    Russell
    Stop: 2 hours
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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About the operator

Don’t take it from us – here’s what people have to say about this operator.

LandC46
LandC46
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An absolute highlight of our stay
Everything was great! We considered ourselves fortunate that there were only 13 passengers (4 crew) on our two hour
craigyoung2019
craigyoung2019
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Great experience
Great experience. make sure you take the opportunity to help hoist sails and rigging. Was a good windy day so we go
Karaskar
Karaskar
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THE Most amazing day out!
Our family trip on the R Tucker Thompson was possibly the most fantastic thing we did all year! The crew are wonder
Greenynz
Greenynz
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Tall ship sailing
Absolutely fabulous. Excellent value . Non profit organisation With proceeds used for education of northland childr
nicmack
nicmack
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Amazing ship, crew, views and service
This a must do experience on a beautiful ship with a friendly crew! The fruit and cheese platter was divine too.
Pgalore2k
Pgalore2k
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Amazing way to see in 2021
We had the most amazing day aboard the R Tucker Thompson and were blessed to sail with Russ himself. What a wonderf
PK040
PK040
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Fantastic Summers Evening
A truly wonderful way to spend the evening. Fantastic views, climb the rigging and take the wheel. Then nibbles and
Major_Tomron
Major_Tomron
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Awesome
Climb the rigging is so much fun, captain is funny as well, nice cruise, so relaxing, definitely recommended
DanaLogan
DanaLogan
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a Splendid Day on the Bay
An excellent day sailing the Bay of Islands from Russell. The crew was knowledgable, safety first, skilled, friendl
Kiwifeather
Kiwifeather
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Great for families
We are a family of 5 with three kids ranging from 12 to 4 and had a fabulous day sailing on the R Tucker Thompson.
CruiseFan15
CruiseFan15
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Great day on the water
We booked the R. Tucker Thompson as a cruise excursion from RCCL's Ovation Of The Seas. We had a great time on thi
jmgreeneyes1966
jmgreeneyes1966
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A must do experience
We sailed on the R. Tucker Thompson. It was such an amazing time. The master and crew were so welcoming and engagin
Hurry1956
Hurry1956
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Best day of our 20 day tour of New Zealand
We had the best experience ever on the R Tucker Thompson as the day was sunny and the seas smooth. We were able to
Bloubliu
Bloubliu
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Fabulous day!
We enjoyed spending the day onboard the R. Tucker Thompson schooner in the Bay of Islands. First, it is a wonderful
cocok419
cocok419
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Paradise!
Let R Tucker Thompson show you the paradise that is New Zealand. A trip to the north island is not complete unless
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Lorna W
Whangarei, New Zealand2 contributions
My husband and I went on the cruise as a gift from our 3 children for our 50th Wedding Anniversary There were only 9 other passengers, apart from the 3 crew. Two other couples were also celebrating their annversaries. So a rather special cruise. We enjoyed the stop at Roberton Island and the walk to the top of the hill was well worth it for the beautiful view over the island. The lunch on board was really good, as were the delicious scones with jam and cream. The crew were great. We would highly recommend this cruise.
Written April 21, 2022
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Traveler27937026835
Happy Anniversary, thank you for joining us and thank you for the review! We hope to see you again soon.
Written April 24, 2022
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Mike M
Auckland, New Zealand181 contributions
Despite the less than perfect weather, little sun followed by overcast skies but most disappointing but for a very short while little breeze for full sailing, we had an excellent trip. The crew, under the watch of Captain Ben were friendly, informed and went out of the way to ensure one and all was having a great time, whether climbing the rigging, raising the sails or just relaxing "on the water". Highly, highly recommended.
Written April 20, 2022
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Traveler27937026835
Mike, we love this review, thank you for taking the time to write!! Isn't Ben and the team just incredible, we are so pleased you sailed with us and had a blast, come back again!
Written April 24, 2022
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quiver4
Auckland, New Zealand9 contributions
This is a great trip even if you’re not really into boats, or the idea of sailing is a little bit scarey. We had winds up to 30 knots or more (50km/hr) and the Tucker handles it with comfort. Our Skipper, Wayne, installs confidence and humour, while the 2 crew couldn’t do more to make everyone happy. A trip ashore to a gorgeous island was the highlight. Small groups make it especially enjoyable.
Written March 4, 2022
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Traveler27937026835
Thank you for the wonderful review. We have some great crew on board!
Written March 29, 2022
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Sandra E
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
Couples
Absolutely fantastic day. Crew wonderful and gave good history lesson of Bay of Islands. Will definitely be booking again in 2022.
Written January 19, 2022
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Traveler27937026835
Thank you for sailing with us - We hope to see you for another sail this year.
Written March 29, 2022
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Michael P
3 contributions
Couples
We had an amazing day sailing around the bay of islands, chatting to the captain and crew. They were all so keen to pass on their local knowledge and sailing experiences, and a lot of fun to be with. Thanks Wayne, Rangi, Abby and Libby. It was an experience that will stay with me forever.
Written January 12, 2022
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Traveler27937026835
Thank you for this review, we are so delighted that you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for the mention of our team, they are amazing! Please come back again and safe travels. Nga mihi.
Written January 13, 2022
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Phil R
Hamilton, New Zealand121 contributions
Went with a group of school kids on a outing, great crew, nice lunch and kids loved climbing the rigging and jumping off the boat
Written April 3, 2021
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RTuckerThompson
We're glad you had fun and enjoyed coming out with us, kia ora!
Written April 12, 2021
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Sue W
Christchurch, New Zealand112 contributions
A lovely day shared with Whanau. Sailing on the beautiful R.Tucker Thompson. Recommend as a must do in Russell. Great food, great crew, beautiful scenery and swimming in a picturesque bay in Autumn! An awesome day out!
Written March 11, 2021
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RTuckerThompson
Kia ora and thank you for taking the time to write a review. We appreciate your sailing with us and glad you enjoyed your day.
Written March 13, 2021
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Kevin D
21 contributions
A day out on the R Tucker Tompson was awesome. The crew, lead by Captain Steve made the day fun and informative. Although I wasn't brave enough to go up the mast, many did and had a blast. Stopped at an island for lunch and a swim before heading back joined by a pod of dolphin.
A great day was had by all..
Highly recommended..
Written February 28, 2021
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Traveler27937026835
Kia ora We're so glad you enjoyed your time aboard - the nice thing about this sail is there is something for everyone, lots to be enjoyed from the deck too! Thank you for joining us and for the kind feedback.
Written March 1, 2021
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Diane
4 contributions
Fantastic day out with a fun, friendly and informative crew.
We had a go helping hoist the sails, climb rigging and even took the helm!
Very much recommend this trip.
Written February 24, 2021
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RTuckerThompson
Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback and recommendation. We are delighted you enjoyed your sail with us, kia ora!
Written February 25, 2021
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_lindy101nz
Christchurch, New Zealand9 contributions
I went on this cruise as a single person and enjoyed every minute. Interaction was encouraged but I diidn’t feel I had to . The crew were fantastic - really kind people who clearly love what they do. The best part of the experience is knowing that young people of Northland may one fat benefit from my $ spent on this cruise.
Written February 21, 2021
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Traveler27937026835
Kia ora and thank you! We like to keep things natural and organic aboard so people are comfortable and enjoy their time with us. We appreciate your support!
Written February 22, 2021
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