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R.Tucker Thompson Tall Ship Sailing


Catch the breeze and set sail for the day from Russell on board the unique tall ship, R. Tucker Thompson, built in the tradition of 200 year old schooners. She has sailed the world, but these days you get the opportunity to join her and her crew to explore the stunning Bay of Islands.

A day out on board is fun for all ages! Join the crew and help set the sails, grab a harness and ride on the bowsprit or even climb the rigging. For the less adventurous, just relax and enjoy the Devonshire tea freshly baked in the galley each morning.

At lunchtime the vessel anchors in a secluded bay. Step ashore, take a swim or try swinging from the yardarm. With all this sea air and activity you'll have a hearty appetite - taken care of by a tasty barbecue lunch cooked on board. The ship is spacious and comfortable and the friendly crew makes it a personal experience. It is often voted as the best day of any holiday.

Operated as a not-for profit charitable trust, profits from tourism activities are used to support youth sail training programmes over the New Zealand winter.

•10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. from Russell (From Paihia, get on the Bay Belle passenger ferry by 9:30a.m. and return to Paihia at 4:00 p.m. or later.)
•Complimentary ferry passes can be used anytime between 7:20 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on the day of the cruise


•Cream scones and coffee in the morning
•BBQ Lunch, Salads and Breads
•Island stop-over – go for a walk or a swim
•Hoist a sail, climb the rigging
•Ride the bowsprit, take the helm
•Free return ferry passes (Paihia Wharf to Russell Wharf)
•Licensed Cash Bar on board


If you are short of time but still want a special tall ship experience, why not try our Late Afternoon Cruise? Operating on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, this short 2 hour experience offers a gentle sail in the inner bay. Light finger food is included and a cash bar is available. Also includes return ferry transfers to Russell if required.

•4:00 - 6:00 p.m. from Russell (at 3.30 p.m. exit Paihia on Bay Belle passenger ferry and return to Paihia by 6.20pm or later)
•Complimentary ferry passes can be used anytime between 7.20 am and 10pm on day of cruise

•Antipasto platter
•Hoist a Sail, climb the rigging
•Ride the bowsprit, take the helm
•Free return ferry passes (Paihia Wharf to Russell Wharf)
•Licensed Cash Bar on board

Maximum number of passengers is 47 - All ages welcome

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