R. Tucker Thompson
R. Tucker Thompson
5
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Paihia, New Zealand

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Carolyn K
27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Sailing on this ship was a highlight of our New Zealand vacation. Built in the mid-19th century style, with canvas sails and rope rigging, being aboard is about as close as you can get to what it must have been like to be a sea merchant at that time in history.

Everyone who wished to do so had an opportunity to help trim the sail, climb the mast (while securely tied in) or climb out to the bow over knotted ropes. The ship stopped at a small island with breathtaking views, where we learned all about Captain Cook. Lunch was grilled on board and was delicious.

What an adventure! Definitely recommended!
Written 1 May 2024
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Kia ora, thanks for your kind review. We love hearing stories like this. We're delighted you enjoyed your sailing experience with us.
Written 6 May 2024
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Richard
Christchurch, New Zealand6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
A " must do activity" for any visitor to the Bay of Islands. Captain Terry and his crew were professional but also friendly and relaxed, encouraging and supporting those on board to participate by choice or simply relax and enjoy the experience.
Written 25 April 2024
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Thanks for sailing with us and for your kind review.
Written 6 May 2024
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HMWF
London, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Excellent day out. One of the best things we’ve done in the Bay of Islands. Gorgeous ship and super friendly crew. We helped set the sails, climbed the rigging and swung off the rope swing into the water at lunch time. Delicious lunch. All in all a great experience and good to feel you’ve helped contribute to their youth programme too. We were undecided about which trip to take, but glad we went for the full day rather than the sundowner. Good value for money overall.
Written 22 April 2024
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Kia ora, thanks for sailing with us and making a difference to the lives of Northland youth. We appreciate your kind review.
Written 6 May 2024
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Sightsee24815183598
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
An absolutely memorable experience and a must do!! Crew were fabulous, we loved every minute of our time aboard. Truly magical. Thanks to you all.
Written 21 April 2024
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Kia ora thanks for your kind review. We're thrilled you enjoyed sailing with us!
Written 6 May 2024
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Tom P
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Fantastic day, great sailing and swimming, friendly/informative crew, tasty lunch. Got to lift the sails and climb out and up while hooked into a safety harness. Best of all, the cost went to getting kids out on the water. Win win!
Written 20 April 2024
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Thank you for your kind review and supporting our youth development programme. We're very grateful.
Written 21 April 2024
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Jamie F
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This was one of the best experiences we’ve ever had - truly unforgettable. The tall ship is great and there were lots of opportunities for those that wanted to help out. My husband loved helping with the sails and climbing the rigging!

The stop-off at the island was simply spectacular. The views are second to none and we had a glorious swim before heading back onboard for a yummy BBQ lunch.

We would absolutely recommend this trip to anyone, and to top it off, it’s so lovely that the money all goes towards teaching young people to sail.

We’d give it more than 5 stars if we could!
Written 8 April 2024
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Kia ora, thank you for sailing with us and for your kind review. We love hearing stories like this!
Written 21 April 2024
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ACS O
Bury St. Edmunds, UK117 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This was one of the highlights of our three week trip to New Zealand. We'd booked a great lunch at the Duke of Marlborough then joined the sunset cruise. It was great to meet the young people working the boat and the Captain and everyone else were knowledgeable and entertaining. We had a really great trip, there was a bit of wind and we helped put the sails up and our eldest climbed the rigging. Would thoroughly recommend it, great way to spend a late afternoon and support a very worthwhile cause.
Written 3 April 2024
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Thank you for sailing with us and supporting our youth programme, we appreciate your kind review.
Written 3 April 2024
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Michelle W
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I can’t recommend this trip enough. Many thanks to the captain and crew of the vessel (Marcel, Connor, Tom, and Arihi) for helping to make it such a great experience. You get to be as hands on (or hands off) as you want to be—for me that was very much hands on. I got to help hoist the sails, man the helm, ride the bowsprit, swing from a rope swing into the ocean, and my personal favorite—climb the rigging which gives you the best view on the ship! Only a handful of passengers wanted to climb, so they let me spend quite a bit of time up there which I really appreciate. We experienced all the weather during our day sail—wind, sun, clouds, and a brief but heavy downpour of rain—and while it dampened everyone’s clothes it didn’t dampen peoples’ spirits.

I went on my birthday and I can honestly say it was the best birthday ever. I’d originally been suppose to come in 2020 but the pandemic put a halt to that so I had had 4 years to build the day up in my mind and the reality not only met but exceeded my hopes and expectations.

And thank you for the birthday card; that was an incredibly sweet and unexpected personal touch. 💕
Written 30 March 2024
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Kia ora thanks for your kind review, we're thrilled you enjoyed sailing with us and that it exceeded your expectations! We'll pass on your comments to our crew.
Written 3 April 2024
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Andrew W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Wonderful experience aboard a majestic tall ship. Ample opportunity to get involved with sailing the ship, assisting the able and friendly crew. Would highly recommend.
Written 29 March 2024
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Thanks for sailing with us and for your kind review.
Written 3 April 2024
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C Wood
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
An awesome experience. The crew were great - friendly, knowledgable and professional - and the ship is amazing. We were lucky with the weather (not too calm, not too rough) and all of our group had a great time. Would definitely recommend this.
Written 27 March 2024
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Kia ora, thanks for sailing with us and for your kind review, it is much appreciated.
Written 3 April 2024
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