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About R. Tucker Thompson
Seize the rare opportunity to set sail on a working tall ship and step on board Northland’s own iconic R. Tucker Thompson! Often voted the best day of any holiday it is always an experience to create lifelong memories, one not to be missed. Be part of the crew for the day and help set the sails, ride on the bowsprit, or grab a harness to climb the rigging for an amazing view. If you prefer to relax, then let our crew do all the work. The ship is spacious and the friendly crew makes it a memorable experience. Ferry tickets, morning cream tea and delicious BBQ lunch are included, cash bar available. Three days a week we offer short 2-hour late afternoon sailings, a perfect way to start your evening. It's ideal if you are short of time but want a taste of this beautiful vessel. When you sail with us you’re helping others too, as funds raised are used to take kids on life-changing youth development voyages over winter.
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Sandra E wrote a review Jan 19
Auckland Central, New Zealand1 contribution
Absolutely fantastic day. Crew wonderful and gave good history lesson of Bay of Islands. Will definitely be booking again in 2022.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Michael P wrote a review Jan 12
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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.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from Traveler27937026835, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson
Responded 1 week ago
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.
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Phil R wrote a review Apr 2021
Hamilton, New Zealand115 contributions35 helpful votes
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
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from RTuckerThompson, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson
Responded Apr 12, 2021
We're glad you had fun and enjoyed coming out with us, kia ora!
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Sue W wrote a review Mar 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand111 contributions37 helpful votes
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!
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Response from RTuckerThompson, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson
Responded Mar 13, 2021
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.
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LandC46 wrote a review Feb 2021
Auckland, New Zealand255 contributions53 helpful votes
Everything was great! We considered ourselves fortunate that there were only 13 passengers (4 crew) on our two hour Sundowner sail since that perhaps made it more intimate. The best fun was in climbing up the rigging and helping with the sails, encouraged by enthusiastic crew. So nice to be out on the water on such a splendid, beautiful and historic vessel.
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Response from Traveler27937026835, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson
Responded Mar 1, 2021
Kia ora The Sundowner is a great way to get a taste of what it's like to sail on the Tucker if you don't have a full day. We're thrilled you had so much fun!
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