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A chance to go sailing on a working tall ship in one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands. Better still, with profits made from tourism going to support youth development, your day out is going to a good cause!

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 100 year old schooners by local Northlanders. She has sailed the world but today will explore the somewhat calmer seas of the Bay of Islands with you on board.

The design of the "R. Tucker Thompson" is based on the Halibut schooners of the North West American coast, which were considered fast and sea kindly and easily manned. She has a lofty rig of varnished oregon spars. Kwila decks and bulwarks with flashes of brass-work to make her look as she should, a working ship of the 18th century, purposeful and square-shouldered, but with a touch of style and speed.

The day out is an interactive experience, so help set the sails, ride on the bowsprit, climb the rigging; alternatively relax while our crew does the work. You will also enjoy the Devonshire tea freshly baked and brewed in the galley each morning. The ship is spacious and comfortable and the friendly crew makes it a personal experience, often described as the best day of any holiday.

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. Return to Russell this afternoon.
The ship is operated as a not-for profit charitable trust with profits from day sail activities being used to support youth sail training programmes over the New Zealand winter. Operating for over 25 years, the ship is Qualmark approved with a Gold environmental rating.

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The R.Tucker Thompson under full sail

The R.Tucker Thompson under full sail

Morning tea, freshly baked scones, jam and cream - Yummm!

Morning tea, freshly baked scones, jam and cream - Yummm!

Lunch time stopover at beautiful bay

Lunch time stopover at beautiful bay

Fun for everyone!

Fun for everyone!

Email: info@tucker.co.nz

Website: Tallship R Tucker Thompson

Phone: 0800 TUCKER (0800 882 537)

Phone (intl): 0064 9 402 8430

Paihia Address:
Maritime Building, Marsden Road, Paihia

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Rodney Turner

Ranking: 10/10

Great friendly crew, passionate about what they do for the kids. I will never forget my time at the helm.

Tallship R Tucker Thompson responds:

Thank you so much for your kind words. We're delighted you enjoyed your sailing with us.

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Rodney Turner

Ranking: 10/10

Great friendly crew, passionate about what they do for the kids. I will never forget my time at the helm.

Tallship R Tucker Thompson responds:

Thank you so much for your kind words. We're delighted you enjoyed your sailing with us.

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Livia and Dave

Switzerland

Ranking: 9/10

Nice day sailing! It was cool to help sail the boat!

Tallship R Tucker Thompson responds:

Glad you enjoyed the experience!

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Miroslav Bazala

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

I did the morning/afternoon trip and it was fantastic. I booked on a last moment to ensure the weather would be great and it was one of the highlights of my holiday in NZ. Something I will never forget, something that stands out and above. Even the way how other explorer boats treat Tallship R Tucker Thompson makes you feel you are being part of something special, perhaps even legendary.

Tallship R Tucker Thompson responds:

Kia ora and thank you for your review. We aim to create memories so it is wonderful to thing you will take these home with you. We've had plenty of people who have returned 20+ years after sailing with us the first time, so hopefully you will do the same :)

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Sivram SD

India

Ranking: 10/10

The team at R Tucker Thompson was very courteous from Day 1. The entire process from smooth from the time of booking.! Loved the experience. Very different from a traditional cruise.
The stop-over at the island was picturesque.!

Tallship R Tucker Thompson responds:

Thank you very much for giving us your feedback - so pleased that you loved your experience with us, kia ora!

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Liz Ferguson

Canada

Ranking: 10/10

I had an absolutely fantastic time on the Tallship. The crew were professional and friendly, willing to teach for those who wanted to learn and willing to let those who wanted to relax do just that. I think everyone had a chance to do what they wanted to do and have their desired experience. I chose to climb the rigging, help hoist the sails, and use the rope swing to splash in the water, all of which were incredibly fun. The lunch was incredible and I had a thoroughly enjoyable day. Thanks to everyone on the crew!

Tallship R Tucker Thompson responds:

Delighted you enjoyed your time with us and thank you for your review, kia ora!

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Jamie McArthur

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Great day spent cruising around near Russell. Captain and crew were fantastic, very friendly. Laid back atmosphere was great and food was excellent.

Tallship R Tucker Thompson responds:

Glad you enjoyed your day with us!

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Nina Helmling

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent way to discover the Bay of Islands - enjoy a day of real old style sailing on the Tucker, great crew and swimming.

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Yasmin Anweiler

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

We had booked the day trip around the Bay of Islands. Well organized, beautiful ship, friendly crew, tasty food (both the scones and the lunch), wonderful trip, a stop at Roberton Island, good weather - all around a perfect day!
Amazing dialect of Dave, the skipper. We had a lot of fun!

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Matt Coubrough

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Lovely afternoon sail from Russell. Passenger ferry tickets from Paihia and back were included. Booking staff were helpful regarding weather and happy for us to postpone by a day when a summer squall hit on the day we'd originally planned to sail.

Our theatrical and piratical captain was entertaining and the crew were helpful.

I was able to participate in all parts of handling the ship whilst my partner preferred to simply sit back, relax and enjoy the cruise.

Yummy snacks were provided and drink was available to purchase on board. Just wish it could have lasted longer - will have to consider the full day sail next time.

It's also great to be doing an activity where you know the proceeds go towards giving kids an opportunity to experience the challenges and joy of sailing a tall ship.

Capped off with a sea shanty from the captain at the end!

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June & Bill Chester

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful day sailing around the Bay of Islands, Bill steered the ship for a while, the crew were fantastic, and the food was yummy. Had so much of a good time that we are booking again next week!

Tallship R Tucker Thompson responds:

Good for you! Hope you enjoyed your second sailing as much :-)

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Nadine and Jan

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

2 hour afternoon sailing cruise at Bay of Islands. Excellent trained people, very experienced - it was amazing!!!

Tallship R Tucker Thompson responds:

Thank you for your feedback. Glad you had a good time!

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Jaqi_Gary

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

R Tucker Thompson

A days adventure on the High Seas is something everyone HAS to do. From climbing the rigging (up to Lower Tops) to clambering to the end of the Bowsprit. An amble on an Island, a BBQ onbard with swing into the sea to cool off ... many many memories.
To Be Repeated ... If you are in the Bay of Islands DO not miss this amazing experience

TY to the Superior Staff-Crew

Tallship R Tucker Thompson responds:

Glad you had a great time, will pass your message on to the crew! Hope to see you again sometime :-)

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Peter Hart

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Superb, involving, relaxed, great experience.

Tallship R Tucker Thompson responds:

Thank you for sailing with us Peter :-)