5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 Reviews

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  • Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Duration:  6 hours (approx.)
What more charming way to explore the peaceful waters of the Bay of Islands than by tall ship? Sail away aboard the replica of a 100-year-old schooner, and spend the day exploring some of the secluded bays and resplendent beaches in the Bay of Islands Maritime Park. Your 6-hour tour departs from Russell Wharf, or take an included round-trip ferry there from Paihia.


  • 6-hour cruise aboard the R. Tucker Thompson tall ship
  • Sail to secluded beaches in the Northland's Bay of Islands
  • Enjoy morning tea and a BBQ lunch on board
  • Hear live commentary about the vessel’s voyages from the crew
  • Includes round-trip ferry ticket (if Paihia option selected)

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Catch the breeze aboard this elegant tall ship, designed in the tradition of century-old schooners built by New Zealand’s Northlanders.

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What You Can Expect

Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on R. Tucker Thompson including BBQ Lunch

Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on R. Tucker Thompson

Set sail aboard the R. Tucker Thompson for your 6-hour cruise from Russell, with the option to ferry there from Paihia aboard the Fullers Bay Belle (if selected). 

Enjoy Devonshire tea freshly brewed in the galley each morning, and help set the sails, take the helm or just lie back on deck and relax. You’ll hear tales of the ship's exploits from the professional crew; this vessel has sailed the world, but today will explore the more tranquil seas of the Bay of Islands.

At lunchtime, the skipper anchors in a secluded bay. Step ashore at a private beach, go swimming or try swinging from the yardarm (a horizontal timber mounted on the mast). With all of this sea air and activity, you’ll have worked up a hearty appetite — taken care of by a tasty barbecue lunch cooked on board.

Keep an eye out for abundant marine life, including whales, penguins, dolphins and other species in the maritime park. In the late afternoon, you’re returned to Russell to disembark (or take the return ferry back to Paihia).

Please note: This seasonal tour operates between November and mid-April.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Fantastic, the scenery, the meal and the staff were brilliant. Just a shame that it was so still on the day so we didn't travel far.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

Absolutely fantastic. Beautiful boat, lovely crew and a stunning location. What more could you want?

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

I would highly recommend this trip for anyone! I booked this trip for a group of my friends and we all enjoyed our day! The crew, food, the hands on experience sailing and the views were so memorable!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Beautiful day. Wonderful trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

This was a great trip. Crew were very friendly, hospitable and fun. Even though there was no wind on the ride out, we had a great time. I highly recommend this trip to anyone in the area.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Fabulous, brilliant crew.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent day experience not to be missed. Very friendly staff

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Excellent way to see and experience a very special place

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

Crew were fantastic and friendly, BBq lunch was excellent as was the trip itself.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

Was a wonderful day on the water. The old style boat is beautifully maintained and many enjoyed climbing the rigging and sitting way out on the bowsprit. Had a lovely swim to shore when we moored for lunch and the BBQ chicken was delicious. We saw killer whales, fairy penguins, lots of dolphins and many sea birds. A great day out!

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