Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on R. Tucker Thompson including BBQ Lunch. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
On March 29, 2013 our cruise ship arrived at the Paihia Wharf. After taking the ferry to Russell Wharf, we boarded the R. Tucker Thompson for a wonderful day. The morning started out cool so the scones with strawberry jam along with tea or coffee was a welcome treat. Those who wanted to be involved raised and lowered the sails and took the helm to steer the ship. After taking a dinghy to one of the islands, we returned to the aroma of BBQ. One of the hands on board had made BBQ chicken, potato salad, and a green salad, which was served with some delicious bread. Liquid refreshment was available for purchase. There was opportunity to climb the mast (tethered of course) and swim if we desired. I booked my trip through Viator and not only enjoyed my cruise, but realized it benefited a not -for-profit trust that takes young people on a weeks sailing voyage, which helps them develop confidence, leadership and teamwork. A great time and the opportunity to help others. What more could you ask....and reasonable too?
What an excellent day! We helped put up and take down the sails, took our turn at the wheel and even climbed out on the bow spit! We climbed the hill when the ship anchored and were able to see across the Bay of Islands. On the way back we saw dolphins. The crew were brilliant in explaining what we were doing and why and with the other visitors being fun and friendly we had a wonderful day.
We loved it! Great experience with a wonderfully happy and helpful crew. They love their jobs and it shows. The captain smiled when we boarded and that smile was on his face the entire time. An obviously happy man who loves to sail! He encouraged any of the passengers who wanted to take the helm, to do so - including two young boys who had the time of their lives. The BBQ chicken lunch was very good and plentiful. This trip included ages from 8 to 72 and all enjoyed it. The 20-something young people climbed the mast and swinging from a rope, jumped into the water from the side of the ship (not the mast!). This day turned out to be the highlight of our South Pacific trip.
One of the highlights of our 6 weeks travel. This one is not to be missed. Crew are friendly and laid back, food was excellent and I can't begin to explain the feeling of being sat on the netting at the ship's bow! Climbing the rigging and jumping off the yard arm rope swing ... all leads to a fantastic day out and one we would certainly do again :o)
Wonderful, hands on. 10/10. Knowledgeable crew - sailing, local facts, wildlife etc excellent meal. Husband loved climbing into the rigging and helping.
Es war ein wundervoller Segelausflug durch die Bay of Island. Das Schiff und dessen sehr lustige Crew machte das Ganze zum kleinen Abenteuer.Delfine haben das Schiff begleitet und die Gelegnheit zum Schwimmen war toll. Auch die Verpflegung war super. Einfach zum Empfehlen!!
This was by far the best thing we did while in NZ. The captain and crew were friendly and relaxed. The ship and views amazing. We stopped and explored an island and swam while the crew prepared our lunch. The morning tea of scones and the lunch of chicken, potato salad and green salad was delicious.
It was great. The sail was fun and we were allowed all over the ship and up into the crows nest! The island we stopped at was so amazing and the lagoons were a lot of fun. I wish we had a little more time to stay there but the sea waits for no man. Swinging off of the ship was lots of fun too!
Bought this as a brithday present for my mum and dad. They loved it. Great staff on the boat. Bbq was tops. Afternoon tea really nice and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. ( and they were locals as well).
Crew: FANTASTIC, Cruise: Brilliant. Lunch: Perfect. Value: Exceptional, It was such a beautiful, romantic day, I proposed on the Bow of the Scooner. The highlight of our 2 weeks in New Zealand by far. HIGHLY RECOMMEND
Our favorite expierence of the vacation. We hoisted the sails, steered the ship, stood out on the bow sprit, climbed the rigging and stood on the crosstree high above the ship, swung out on a rope hanging from the spar and dropped into the bay where we were anchored and it was a life time dream come true.
Amazing day in Bay of Islands. The crew were superb and they even planned for a vegetarian lunch for me. VERY accomodating, kind and fun! Great day!
We had a fantastic day on this trip - we could not fault anything. It was well organised - the crew were great - very friendly and we had a few laughs with them - and it was nice being able to join in and help. The lunch was excellent - it was just a shame that the day went so quick. Would definitely recommend this trip. Thank you.