R. Tucker Thompson

Set sail on this iconic tall ship for a unique Bay of Islands experience.

R. Tucker Thompson

Adult ($ nz)


Child ($ nz)



6 hours


Experience a day on the water on the R. Tucker Thompson, a traditional gaff-rigged schooner with her own unique history. Choose to make it an active adventure, or simply relax while the crew command this impressive ship as it sails around the Bay of Islands.

Book online and save 10%! Family passes now available.

Tour description

Experience the Bay of Islands the old-fashioned way with a cruise on the R. Tucker Thompson, a traditional gaff-rigged schooner with her own unique history.

On the Full Day Sail, be as active as you like – take the helm, help set the sails, ride the bowsprit and climb the rigging – or simply relax while the crew command this impressive ship as she sails across the Bay.

Sail on the tall ship R. Tucker Thompson
Island stopover (Full Day Sail)
Full Day Sail includes morning tea and barbeque lunch
Sundowner Sail includes antipasto platter

During your sail, the crew will share some of the rich history of the area with you. Step ashore and explore a secluded island or take a swim while your barbeque lunch is prepared.

On the Sundowner Sailing, take in the views as the ship sails across the sheltered waters of the inner harbour. Enjoy an antipasto platter with a glass of wine* as the sun starts to set.

  • Available 30 October – 4 April 
  • Day Sails available Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Sundowner sails available Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

*Bar charges not included


Built from 1970-1985, the R. Tucker Thompson’s design is based on the halibut schooners of the North West American coast. With a lofty rig of varnished oregon spars, Kwila decks and bulwarks and brasswork features, she looks the part of a 19th century working ship: purposeful and square-shouldered, but fast enough to out-run the law!

The R. Tucker Thompson is operated by a not-for-profit trust which is a registered charity. All income derived from tourism sailing activities is used for her maintenance, as well as providing a contribution to help Northland youth access sail training voyages.

You can learn more about the R. Tucker Thompson at tucker.co.nz


Useful Info

  • BRING:

    Sunscreen, swimwear, towel, warm clothing, walking shoes.


    End of Russell Wharf. Ferry travel from Paihia to Russell is included in your fare.

  • EAT:

    Full day sail includes morning tea and BBQ lunch. Sundowner sail includes an antipasto platter with drinks available for purchase.


    Please note the R. Tucker Thompson does not operate between April and October.


    Adult $159, Child $79.50
    2 Adult/1 Child Family Pass $340
    2 Adult/2 Child Family Pass $400


full day sail (fri-mon) Departs Returns
Russell 10:00 am 3:30 pm
SUNDOWNER Sail (WeD, fri) Departs Returns
Russell 4:00 pm 5:45 pm

Easy Cancellation

Cancel or change your booking any time before 6pm on the day before departure  - no cancellation fees!

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