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Make your way to the Russell wharf and board the tall ship R. Tucker Thompson, a working Northland schooner that has sailed the world. If departing from Paihia, you’ll take the 30-minute Fullers Bay Belle Ferry across to Russell (round-trip ferry ticket included if selected at booking). 

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.
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Paihia Harbour
R. Tucker Thompson
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. Enjoy morning tea and a barbecue lunch, with an optional complimentary ferry ride from Paihia to Russell, where your vessel departs.
  • Half-day R. Tucker Thompson tall ship cruise in the Bay of Islands
  • Sail the waters on a replica vintage schooner
  • Bite into fresh scones, sip cream tea and enjoy a BBQ lunch served on board
  • Anchor at a secluded bay for a swim
  • Includes round-trip ferry transport from Paihia to Russell, if option selected
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Reviewed April 15, 2018
Brilliant day

Had a absolutely brilliant day on the R Tucker Thompson. Staff were very knowledgable and happy and helpful. Hubby was able to climb the rigging, go out to the front of the ship and also had a turn sailing the ship. The little island that...More

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RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded May 23, 2018

Kia ora and thank you for your review. We are really pleased you enjoyed your day sailing with us and glad that your husband made the most of the opportunity!

Reviewed April 10, 2018
Boy oh boy, what a great day out!

My husband and myself had such a good time. It was a gorgeous sunny day, you could help to haul up the masts, climb the rigging to the top and pretend to be a deckhand. We went ashore by dinghy for a swim or a...More

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RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Thank you so much for your kind review. We always say that the Tucker is suitable for any age, little babies can join their parents, young kids can have fun and certainly the grandparents can join in too. We are sorry you left your cap...More

Reviewed April 6, 2018
A Fantastic day out in the Bay of Islands

Had a great day out sailing on the R Tucker Thompson. Full marks to our Skipper and all the crew for their hard work and dedication to all on board. Great coffee and scones and a fabulous lunch on board after our shore excursion. The...More

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RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Thank you for your kind feedback. Our crew do work really hard to make sure that everyone has a fantastic time and we appreciate their efforts in sharing the ship with our guests.Thanks for the recommendation, kia ora!

Reviewed April 6, 2018
Fun and relaxing way to cruise around the Bay of Islands

It's a very nice way to discover the Bay of Islands - the crew is very friendly and the food and drinks are excellent. You get to do different activities: help them hoist the sails, climb up the mast, go swimming and if you're lucky...More

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RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Kia ora and we are glad you had a good day out on the water. We can't promise dolphins unfortunately but they are always a bonus when they come by!

Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile
A picture perfect day.

From start to finish this was the best thing we have done our trip.. The crew were fantastic and the views breathtaking.. The climb to the top of the huge hill was tough but worth it. Just amazing..!!

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RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2018

Kia ora and thank you so much! It is our goal to make our sail the best day of anyone's holiday and we you appreciate letting us know. Well done on doing the hill climb, just means you have a good appetite for lunch!

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