R. Tucker Thompson, Bay of Islands

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Sail on a tall ship with R. Tucker Thompson. During your experience, you can help set sails, ride on the bowsprit, and even climb the rigging. If you'd rather just relax, sit back with some cream tea and a BBQ lunch and let the crew do all the hard work. This ship is operated by a charitable trust and member of the Northland sustainable tourism charter. Check the website for more info. For travelers who use our international travel planner, Bay of Islands holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the R. Tucker Thompson and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Our family trip on the R Tucker Thompson was possibly the most fantastic thing we did all year! The crew are wonderful and very knowledgable. We helped to rig the ship, steer and even climbed to the.....  more »
  • We had the most amazing day aboard the R Tucker Thompson and were blessed to sail with Russ himself. What a wonderful gent - he has given New Zealand the most treasured of gifts with this boat. The...  more »
  • An excellent day sailing the Bay of Islands from Russell. The crew was knowledgable, safety first, skilled, friendly, and adventurous. Included - a lovely lunch, coffee, tea , scones and a glass of.....  more »
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  • FANTASTIC ADVENTURE ! We had a 2 week holiday in NZ a few years back and my wife organized a cruise on this schooner for one of our adventures. A very enjoyable lunch including ice cold beers was provided on the ship at no extra cost. We also stopped along the way at a couple of islands to explore the coastline. It was fun to paddle to the shore in a little dinghy. The staff on board looked after everybody very well. It was a unique experience for us landlubbers and a real fun day !
  • Best day we had during our two months in New Zealand! We saw 17 dolphins too!
  • Beautiful ride, great food, crew members were very friendly.
  • This was an amazing experience for myself and two boys. The crew were all fantastic and couldn’t have been more helpful. The boys enjoyed climbing up to the topsail boom and along to the front of the bowsprit. When we stopped at one of the islands there was an opportunity to go ashore but the boys were happy jumping off the boat and using the rope swing. Lunch was provided and everything was so well organised. Sailing was lovely and the boys even had a chance to steer on our return back to Russell. Tour included return ferry to Russell from Paihia which is also worth a visit. This is probably going to be the best trip of our holiday not sure how we will better this experience.
  • Wonderful cruise, awesome crew!

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