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Itinerary
Make your way to the Russell wharf to meet your sailing vessel 10 minutes before departure time. If you are staying in Paihia, pick up your round-trip ferry ticket at the Maritime Building in the late afternoon. 

Then step aboard the R. Tucker Thompson, an iconic tall ship of the Northland. You'll set sail for the inner Bay of Islands while you help an expert hoist the sails. Once underway you're served a shared antipasto platter. Purchase a drink from the cash bar and marvel at the beauty of a traditionally rigged vessel under sail. 

If you're feeling adventurous, there's time to slip into a harness and climb up the rigging. For the more romantically inclined, head out to the bowsprit and create your own memories. Perhaps sip a glass of wine while watching the sunset. 

When your 2-hour cruise concludes, you're free to dine in one of the many restaurants in the historical village of Russell and return by ferry to Paihia at your leisure.
Locations visited
Paihia Harbour
R. Tucker Thompson
Overview
This 2-hour experience aboard a tall ship in the Bay of Islands offers a gentle sail in the afternoon. Step aboard the elegant 'R. Tucker Thompson' and enjoy an antipasto platter accompanied by drinks available for purchase at the bar. Round-trip ferry transfer to Russell is included.
Highlights
  • 2-hour tall ship sailing cruise on Bay of Islands
  • Round-trip ferry ticket to Russell included
  • Shared antipasto platter
  • Drinks available at the cash bar
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Reviewed 19 April 2018
Memorable!

When I told the Captain I’d watched the Onedin Line he was only too happy to hand the steering of this magnificent tall ship over to me. What an experience and one that I will never forget. It’s a fabulous ship and the Captain and...More

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RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 24 May 2018

Thank you for your kind words, and also for choosing to sail with us. We appreciate your feedback and we'd love to see you on a return visit - believe it or not, we have had people who sailed with us on their honeymoon then...More

Reviewed 4 March 2018
Great Crew

Pleasant 2 hours with a great young crew. The wine was sub-standard but everything else was superb. Well worth doing.More

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RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 17 March 2018

Kia ora and thank you for your feedback. I'm sorry you felt the wine was not up to standard, we support our local vineyards by serving local produce so they might not be of the highest quality but we like to give you a taste...More

Reviewed 31 January 2018
Amazing experience on the Tucker

Family of four did the trip on 30 Jan 2018 with 42 other people who came from all parts of the world.We had a stunning experience, first ever on Tall Ship which at 26 metres long rides the lumpy conditions incredibly well. From the beautiful...More

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RTuckerT, Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 7 February 2018

Kia ora and we are delighted that you had such a memorable day. We have a very deep keel which means we can cut through the water rather than bounce on top. This makes it more comfortable when conditions are rough. Dolphins are such a...More

Reviewed 18 January 2018
Climb up the mast!, Likely the best thing you will do on NZ North Island

If you are even close to Russell, this is well worth coming out for. A unique experience. Most of us climbed up the mast for an amazing experience that you will not get in the US (too many legal restrictions). You are safely harnessed during...More

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RTuckerT, Front Office Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2018

Kia ora, We're very glad you enjoyed your sail with us - our crew wants every passenger to enjoy their time with us, those who are adventurous love climbing and helping with the sails, others prefer to sit back and watch and that's just fine....More

Reviewed 28 December 2017
Fantastic voyage - highlight of my trip to northern NZ

I only had time for a brief visit to the Bay of Islands and was so glad that I spent it on the R Tucker Thompson - it was both a nice cruise on the bay plus the experience of sailing on a tall ship,...More

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RTuckerT, Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 30 December 2017

It is so lovely to hear this was the highlight of your visit to the North - we're really pleased! It's difficult with so many things to chose from and we really appreciate that you decided to sail with us, kia ora!

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