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About R. Tucker Thompson
Seize the rare opportunity to set sail on a working tall ship and step on board Northland’s own iconic R. Tucker Thompson! Often voted the best day of any holiday it is always an experience to create lifelong memories, one not to be missed. Be part of the crew for the day and help set the sails, ride on the bowsprit, or grab a harness to climb the rigging for an amazing view. If you prefer to relax, then let our crew do all the work. The ship is spacious and the friendly crew makes it a memorable experience. Ferry tickets, morning cream tea and delicious BBQ lunch are included, cash bar available. Three days a week we offer short 2-hour late afternoon sailings, a perfect way to start your evening. It's ideal if you are short of time but want a taste of this beautiful vessel. When you sail with us you’re helping others too, as funds raised are used to take kids on life-changing youth development voyages over winter.
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Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch

Top off a trip to the Bay of Islands with a sailing adventure aboard the “R. Tucker Thompson.” You can help hoist the sails on this tall ship, a replica of a 100-year-old schooner. It’s ideal for exploring the bays and beaches of the maritime park. Catch a complimentary ferry from Paihia to Russell and enjoy a barbecue lunch provided on board.
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5 hours 30 minutes
from USD 117.30

Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sundowner Sailing

The Bay of Islands is one of the most picturesque spots on the North Island, dotted with lush green islands and white sand beaches. On this tour, experience the bay from the water as you set sail on-board a traditional tall ship. Sip a glass of wine and snack on delicious antipasto as you cruise around the inner bay, watch the sunset over the water, and perhaps even help out sailing the ship.
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1 hour 50 minutes
from USD 49.80
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Debbie K wrote a review 18 Jan.
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This was one of the best experiences and I would highly recommend it for everyone. The staff were friendly and so welcoming, chatting easily with everyone and sharing their experiences. Absolutely loved the day with them on the ship and seeing how a sailboat works. It was a great way to see the Bay of Islands and we had an awesome time swimming in a Bay.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from Traveler27937026835, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson
Responded 1 week ago
Kia ora Our crew loves to share the ship with visitors and they work hard to make it a memorable experience - we're glad you enjoyed your time aboard!
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steph m wrote a review 17 Jan.
Whangarei, New Zealand7 contributions2 helpful votes
Our fourth trip on Tucker and just as special as the very first more than 10 years ago. She is an awesome ship with a super crew. Take your togs, towel & sunscreen and enjoy a fun filled, relaxed day out in " the bay". I had the best birthday ever. Thanks a bunch guys :)
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from Traveler27937026835, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson
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Kia ora Steph Glad your birthday was made that much more special on the ship, thanks for returning to see us 4 times, we love that!
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Esther Blears wrote a review 13 Jan.
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A marvellous day. In awe of the skilful and friendly crew (Skipper Ben, ably assisted by Jess, Michelle and Abby) who made it a day to remember. Scones and lunch delicious and plentiful too. Such a great cause too, supporting young people to find their best selves through team work and onboard experience. Thanks 🙏 again for a wonderful day.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from Traveler27937026835, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson
Responded 1 week ago
We're so glad you enjoyed your day on the water - with have some great hardworking crew, they love sharing the ship! Thanks you for your support for our programmes!
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MnMs wrote a review 13 Jan.
Lower Hutt, New Zealand10 contributions1 helpful vote
Wow... this trip is amazing. We had the best time, the ship was beautiful, Captain Ben and his all female crew were awesome, so friendly and accommodating. The kids (and adults if they wanted) could climb up the rigging, swing off a rope into the water and even captain the ship. We stopped off at an island, had a fabulous morning tea and lunch on board and of course sailed around the Bay of Islands. These summer cruises are not the main purpose, the money raised from these trips goes towards helping Northland’s youth... so great experience snd great cause.
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Response from RTuckerThompson, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson
Responded 2 weeks ago
Kia ora and thank you for your lovely review. We're delighted your family had a go at everything and enjoyed their day, and very happy it was a highlight of your trip. We appreciate your support. Mauri ora.
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craigyoung2019 wrote a review 12 Jan.
27 contributions5 helpful votes
Great experience. make sure you take the opportunity to help hoist sails and rigging. Was a good windy day so we got some good sailing in. The crew were awesome and engaged with us. Nibbles and drinks available if you want. I would highly recommend this attraction, give it a go you wont be disappointed.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from RTuckerThompson, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson
Responded 2 weeks ago
We are delighted you enjoyed your sail with us, a bit of wind is a great help! Thank you for your recommendation, we'll pass it on the our crew.
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