Congratulations to Max Cumming and Ra Tangaroa on their marriage! Local Max Cumming started as a deckhand on the Tucker in the early 1990s and sailed as crew on her voyages up to the Pacific. He’s come up a bit in the world since then – check out Athena, the schooner he currently skippers!
Now a master mariner and talented photographer, he sails superyachts to amazing places where he takes stunning photos. Ra and Max are the perfect couple and it is lovely to see them both so happy. They got married in Rarotonga a fortnight ago and have enjoyed a two week wedding celebration with their vow renewal today here in Russell.Read More
It was great to welcome Melody and her friends from Shanghai on board the Tucker today. They were busy helping hoist the sails, they went out and rode on the bowsprit and there was some pretty nifty climbing up the rigging, particularly when crew member Rob worked out a cunning way to climb up with their flip-flops (Jandals) on! Yes he sellotaped them to their feet…. what a sight (talk about kiwi ingenuity!).
Then they all got the Tucker Tattoos at the end of the day, but good on Wayne for sporting his on his cheek! Way to go Wayne.
Hope you all had an awesome time, it was a pleasure to share the ship. Safe travels back to Shanghai!Read More
Well actually it’s more like Tucker Fortnight! Around the end of January and early February, we traditionally do a few things to showcase the ship, raise some funds for our youth voyages and generally try and have a bit of fun.
This year we have a few events lined up with hopefully something suitable for all ages:
- Saturday 26 Jan 13: Kiddies Pirate Sailing 4-6 pm $25 per head, includes lemonade or ginger beer
- Sunday 27 Jan 13 : Movie on the Sails – Russell 8.00 pm Open ship and sausage sizzle, Movie showing at 9.00.
- Monday 28 Jan 13: Uke on the Tuck - join Russell Ukulele orchestra as they play on board our good ship
- Saturday 2nd Feb 13: Hellhole Sailing 4-6 pm $35 per head, come in period costume and have some fun
- Sunday 3 Feb 13: Movie on the Sails - Opua 8.00 pm Open ship and sausage sizzle, Movie showing at 9.00
- Tuesday 5 Feb 13: Open Ship – Paihia Come on board and look around, grab a harness and climb the rigging
- Wednesday 6 Feb 13:Waitangi Day stand – See Tiny Tuck and say hello!
We hope you will come on down and support us.Read More
We are excited to announce that we have a special trip planned for Wednesday 9th January. On that day, the new Rainbow Warrior will have just arrived in New Zealand and will head out to the Cavalli Islands to pay her respects to the final resting place of the original Rainbow Warrior that was sunk back in 1985.
We will be taking passengers to visit the Rainbow Warrior memorial created by world renowned local artist Chris Booth and then out to visit her resting place in the water. Lunch and afternoon tea will be served and a sail down the coast will take passengers back to Opua around 8.00 pm. Book on line at Eventfinda, tickets cost $195
Rich in culture, history and natural resources, Paihia is the place of friendly locals, happy cafes and people enjoying life whether it is swimming with dolphins, taking in a spot of retail therapy, bush walking or just lazing on the beach. Known as the jewel of the magnificent Bay of Islands, with shimmering safe waters and superb beaches, there are plenty of recreational activities in among the 144 islands: sail, fish, swim, dive, snorkel, charter a launch or paddle a sea kayak around the islands. Paihia is the perfect stepping stone into the Bay of Islands, and a wonderful place for people of all ages to visit.
Places to stay include:
Admirals View Lodge
Allegra House self contained appartment
Craicor Luxury appartments
Club Paihia Luxury timeshare
Decks of Paihia Bed and Breakfast
Edgewater Palms Waterfront apartments
Kingsgate Autolodge Paihia, convenient and central
Marlin Court Motel
Paihia Star Motel
The Mousetrap Backpackers
The Rock – Bay of Islands overnight cruise & accommodation
Russell is a small historic seaside village surrounded on 3 sides by water. It is the site of one of the first European settlements. The town is rich in history with a variety of shops and services that do not spoil the old charm. Hours can be spent in the museum tracing the towns history from the first European settlers, whaling and marine history. Even the headstones at New Zealand’s first church have a story to tell.
Places to stay include:
Aimeo Cottage – B&B at Okiato
Arcadia Lodge ~ History, charm, good food & glorious views
Bay of Islands Holiday Accommodation (holiday home rentals)
Duke of Marlborough Hotel ~ Russell Waterfront
No 6 Florance: self contained flat walking distance to town
Hananui Lodge on the waterfront
La Veduta – beautiful views over the bay
Kororareka Lodge – Russell’s best kept secret
Motel Russell – Clean – comfortable and friendly
Ounuwhao historic guesthouse
Paws for Thought ~ holiday home rentals
Property Matters ~ holiday accommodation rentals
Pukeko Cottage – not your average backpackers!
Pukematu Lodge – welcome to your home within the clouds
Russell Cottages – Luxury cottages
Seaport Village – holiday accommodation in the heart of historic Russell
Triton Suites – Boutique Motel Accommodation
The White House ~ Luxury Historic Accommodation
Kerikeri is in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand’s own subtropical paradise. Experience the lifestyle – Birds, Beaches, Food, Fishing and really great people. Kerikeri is a wonderful mix of the new, the old and the exciting. It includes its historic past but not at the expense of the now. Kerikeri has built on its past, from the original Maori settlements that lived in and embraced the temperate and pleasant surroundings, to a vibrant modern town on the edge of the Bay of Islands. You can see the same waterfall and walk the same track that Charles Darwin did in 1835. You can walk to Hongi Hika’s Pa site at Koropiro and see how it commanded a view of the river in both directions. You can look upriver to the site of the Mission station and the Stone Store. Cross the Kerikeri River on the same ford that the early settlers used.
Places to stay include:
Avalon Resort - Luxury accommodation, Kerikeri
Kaimanga Lodge Homestay – Luxury self contained cottage
Kerikeri Top 10 Holiday Park -
Ora Ora Resort- Luxury health and wellness centre
Stone Store Lodge adjacent to Kerikeri Basin
Ten on One
Woodlands Motel & Conference Venue
The Promontory – outstanding inlet and rural views
Opua is the Gateway to New Zealand and the main Port of Entry for off shore cruisers and a popular summer destination for many New Zealanders. Opua is located just five minutes by road from Paihia, the heart of Bay of Islands. It is 20 minutes from Kerikeri and Bay of Islands Airport and is a short water crossing from romantic Russell. It is home to an historic wharf and a bustling marina with boatyard and other marine service outlets. Catering for the maritime industry, the community has shops, hairdresser as well as a primary school.