Sail the Bay of Islands on a working tall ship aboard the famed ‘R. Tucker Thompson,’ built in the tradition of a 100-year-old Northland schooner. Ply the waters of the pristine bay, where you can help hoist the sails, climb the rigging or simply relax on board, then swim while anchored in a sheltered bay in the maritime park. Enjoy morning tea and a barbecue lunch, with an optional complimentary ferry ride from Paihia to Russell, where your vessel departs.
Half-day R. Tucker Thompson tall ship cruise in the Bay of Islands
Sail the waters on a replica vintage schooner
Bite into fresh scones, sip cream tea and enjoy a BBQ lunch served on board
Anchor at a secluded bay for a swim
Includes round-trip ferry transport from Paihia to Russell, if option selected
Make your way to the Russell wharf and board the tall ship R. Tucker Thompson, a working Northland schooner that has sailed the world. If departing from Paihia, you’ll take the 30-minute Fullers Bay Belle Ferry across to Russell (round-trip ferry ticket included if selected at booking).
Embark on a 5.5-hour sailing tour through the Bay of Islands, and enjoy the New Zealand tradition of morning tea with freshly baked scones and Devonshire tea brewed in the galley. You can take the helm, help set the sails or just catch the breeze on the spacious deck while you listen to tales from the crew about the tall ship's adventures at sea.
Your skipper anchors the R. Tucker Thompson in a sheltered cove at lunchtime. Step ashore at one of the bay’s secluded islands or swing from the yardarm and splash into the water for a swim. With all this sea air and activity you'll have a hearty appetite, taken care of by a tasty barbecue lunch cooked on board.
Then climb the rigging to keep a lookout for fairy penguins, dolphins and seabirds on the return to Russell.
I loved my day aboard, this must be the best way to see the Bay of Islands. Lunch was great, swimming fantastic clear warm waters, crew were friendly and knowledgeable. Climb the mast is you can. Don’t forget the sun cream
Totally a must do forget the hole in the rock. This is a totally interactive tall ship, from climbing the rigging to being captain. What a beautiful ship it is. All fully supervised. There was only 11 people with us, which turned out to be another bonus. Great for all ages.
I have always longed to sail on a Tall ship, so could not miss the opportunity to do so in one of the most beautiful stretches of water in the world. Captain Tim had a crew of three and as many of the passengers who wanted to get involved with hauling on ropes or climbing into the mast tops. Sailing close to the many islands that give the Bay of Islands it's name, we saw sea bird and sea lion colonies and had dolphins playing with the bow wave. Anchoring in the shallow bay of a deserted island we went ashore to walk through the forest and sunbathed on the sandy beach while the crew prepared a simple but delicious lunch. Making our way back under full sail, I had the opportunity to take the wheel and was trusted to guide this beautiful ship into Harbour. There are many different tours in this area but this one is an unique and unmissable experience.
Great captain, great crew and great boat. Had a fantastic time. Took the helm while sailing, climb the rigging and swung the the yard arm. All in all a great time was had by the whole family. The weather was great, just needed a little more breeze. Would do again. ,