5 star rating: Highly Recommended 20 Reviews

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  • Location: Paihia or Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand
  • Duration:  6 hours (approx.)

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.

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Karen Y
Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2014

Fantastic day on the water - great stop. Able to put up most of the sails on the day. Skipper and staff were so obliging. BBQ lunch was good.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2014

Great family day out. The crew really made a big effort for the children, even giving them fake pirate tattoos. From the views to the food and private beach swimming this is definetly a bay of islands must do. Thank you to all the crew

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

Best thing we did in New Zealand...good weather helped!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

We went on this tour as a family of five (parents plus three young adult sons). All of us thoroughly enjoyed the day, and even learned some things along the way. The crew was very warm, welcoming, and knowledgeable. We could not have asked for a better way to explore the Bay.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2014

This tour is possibly the best experience one could have in N Z. We can recommend it for all ages.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
June 2013

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?

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended
April 2013

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
March 2013

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)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
February 2013

Wonderful, hands on. 10/10. Knowledgeable crew - sailing, local facts, wildlife etc excellent meal. Husband loved climbing into the rigging and helping.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

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!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
January 2013

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.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
December 2012

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!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
November 2012

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).

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