R. Tucker Thompson Sail Training Trust

The R. Tucker Thompson is an iconic tall ship based in the Bay of Islands. Operated as a social enterprise, we run tourism sailings over summer, with profits used to fund youth development voyages over winter. Do join us!

Tourism sailings in the Bay of Islands

A sail on the R. Tucker Thompson is often voted the best day of any holiday!

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Youth Development Voyages

Our 7-day youth development voyages can be life changing

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Weddings and events

Special charters are available for weddings, birthdays and parties

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Late Afternoon sailings!

If you are short on time or don’t wish to do a full day sail, try our Late Afternoon Sailing! Departs 4.00 pm and returns at 6.00pm.

Latest survey into voyage outcomes

Our latest survey for 2016 into the effectiveness of our Youth Development Voyages has just been released. It makes interesting reading and we are proud to be making a real difference for our youth.

Sailor of the Year award

The R. Tucker Thompson has been named the NRC sailor of the Year in recognition of the work it has done with over 1300 young people.

Pirate ship finds gold!

The R. Tucker Thompson is delighted to be awarded Qualmark Gold in recognition of the quality of our experience.

Around the corner

Busy was our day after a gorgeous, clear night spent in Mahinepua, gently rocked to sleep by the lazy swell rolling in. Hunter led the mineral spa jump off the side this morning, followed by the rest who weren’t quite brave enough to be the first one in the water....

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Whaling and Sailing

Evening Family, Whanau and Friends, Today we had another day of special meetings and exploration. After the usual morning routines, we went ashore near where we were anchored, a place called Butler’s Point. Tim had organised for us to meet the caretakers at the Museum...

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te ra whai matauranga / the day of knowledge

Kia ora whanau We are again now anchored for the night in Mangonui Harbour after a beautiful and inspirational day. It started in the morning with our usual routine of swimming, cleaning and breakfast but we had big plans. So after breakfast, we left the harbour to...

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Apologies for day one and 2 being published at once, we've been experiencing technical difficulties onboard, but should be good now! Te ra tua rua Kia ora whanau from the Good Ship, R. Tucker Thompson. Just like yesterday it is another cracker of a day. After the kids...

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day 1

Aue ataahua i tenei ra Kia ora everyone from the Good Ship R Tucker Thompson. Yes it has been a beautiful day after a hearty send off at Whangaroa. The trainees hoisting sails on departure with Latesha and Shontelle sharing the helm, as the wind filled in and breath...

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Tucker Olympics 2016

After an action packed evening playing spotlight last night, we moved the good ship under the cover of the stars and milky way, to our sheltered anchorage of Orokawa for the night. While underway, we had an impromptu lesson on stars, planets and constellations as the...

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Bay of Islands Sailing

The best day of any holiday in New Zealand!

Youth development voyages

Venture into the unknown and change your life forever!

The Sail Training Trust

The R. Tucker Thompson is held in Trust for the benefit of the people of Taitokerau Northland

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.

John F Kennedy

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