Kia Ora - Welcome

The R. Tucker Thompson is an iconic gaff rigged tops'l schooner 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. Nau mai, haere mai, welcome on board!

Sailing in The Bay of Islands

There are few places in the world where people can take part in sailing a traditional heritage vessel, and not in a stunning location such as the Bay of Islands.

Join us for a Day Sail

Help as much or as little as you like. Let the crew do the work or help hoist the sails and be in the crew.
Adult: NZ $159 Child: NZ $79.50

Sundowner Sailing

If you are short on time, or just want a taste of sailing, then our Sundowner sailing is perfect.
Adult: NZ $67.50 Child: NZ $33.75

3-day Bay of Islands Discovery Voyage

For something more adventurous,  join us for our 3- day Bay of Islands Discovery Voyage. A unique experience to truly discover the Bay.

Charter the ship

If you want to build your own adventure, then you can charter the ship. Let us create an amazing experience for a few hours, a full day or overnight too. Talk to us about your special request.

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School Experiences

Whether you are a Kura Kaupapa Māori, Primary, Intermediate or Secondary school, we are able to offer an awesome educational experience for your students.

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Youth Development Work

We run 7-day voyages for the young people of Taitokerau Northland over winter. Designed to build confidence, create teamwork and develop leadership, these are life changing experiences.

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Support us

Your donation can help change the life of a young person. Whether you choose to make a one time donation, sponsor a child, or provide an ongoing commitment, every dollar we raise goes directly to our youth development work.

Bay of Islands Sailing

Sailing on the R.Tucker Thompson leaves a lasting impression to be cherished for years. The Bay of Islands is a magical place and to experience a great Tall Ship on your visit will create memories for a lifetime. 

  •   Climb the rigging is so much fun, captain is funny as well, nice cruise, so relaxing, definitely recommended

  •   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... read more

  •   Our ship only had 8 passengers but it was a very fun experience. Our captain Tim (CapTim), was very welcoming and knowledgeable about the surrounding area and loved to joke... read more

  •   We are a family of 5 with three kids ranging from 12 to 4 and had a fabulous day sailing on the R Tucker Thompson. The crew were so... read more

  •   We booked the R. Tucker Thompson as a cruise excursion from RCCL's Ovation Of The Seas. We had a great time on this tall ship even though the day... read more

  •   We sailed on the R. Tucker Thompson. It was such an amazing time. The master and crew were so welcoming and engaging. They would answer any questions that you had.... read more


Salty Dogs on the good ship

Join the newly formed singing group the Salty Dogs on their inaugural performance on board the R. Tucker Thompson. Regulars Larry and June Jacobsen are joined by songstress Maria Turner, and they promise to turn our Friday Sundowner Sail into a fun occasion.

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