R. Tucker Thompson

Northland’s iconic tallship

Weddings and events

Special charters are available for weddings, birthdays and parties

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!

Choose your adventure

Nau mai haere mai, Welcome on board!

For 35 years the R. Tucker Thompson has been creating memories for people who come sailing with us. We are a Qualmark Gold experience with 5 star ratings on Tripadvisor. We’re a not for profit Charity so funds earned from sailings go to support taking young people on life changing voyages. Do join us!

Day sails in the Bay

Join us for our classic Day Sail in the beautiful Bay of Islands starting on Friday, 13 November 2020.
Departs:  10.00 Russell Wharf
Returns:   3.30 pm Russell
Includes:   Ferry transfers from Paihia to Russell return, morning tea, island stopover and BBQ lunch. Cash bar available.


Adult: NZ$ 159, Child NZ$ 79.50
includes morning tea, lunch and ferry transfer
Infants under 5 go free (no meals included)

Book online here

Sundowner sailings

Short on time? Why not join us on our Sundowner sailing, starting 13 November 2020.
Departs:   4.00 Russell Wharf,
Returns:   5.50 pm Russell
Includes:   Ferry transfers from Paihia to Russell return, shared antipasto platter. Cash bar available.


Adult: NZ$ 67.50, Child NZ$ 33.75
includes shared antipasto platter and ferry transfers from Paihia
Infants under 5 go free 

Book online here

Bay of Islands Discovery Voyage

The Bay of Islands is not only a place of stunning scenery, but rich in stories. A place of first arrivals from Polynesia and significant Māori settlement, home to early encounters with European explorers, a place of trade and industry, colonisation and subsequent wars. Nowadays the focus is on recovery and restoration, with landscapes being restored and native birds returned to the islands. Now it is your chance to step on board and discover what it is like to explore the Bay of islands on board a tall ship.

Latest blogs from on board the ship

YTH 2008 Rima Ra

Blog written by Anika Good evening from the R Tucker Thompson Today began at 0700hrs with the last morning swim in the fantastic Whangaroa waters. After our usual daily duties and breakfast, we weighed anchor with no time to waste. A six-hour journey to Waiiti Bay....

YTH-2008 Wha Ra

Good evening from the R. Tucker Thompson! It was a very early morning start for the trainees! 5:30 to be exact! They were up to go see the sunrise atop the Duke’s Nose. And all the trainees made it to the top! The view was magnificent. Back to the good ship, Pete the...

YTH 2008 Toru Ra

Blog written by Boston. Kia Ora from the R. Tucker Thompson. This morning almost all trainees were awake before the sunset, waiting patiently for the captain to wake up and give the all clear to jump in the water. Then we went on to our daily chores. For breakfast we...

YTH-2008 Rua Ra

Kia Ora From the R Tucker Thompson To start off this fine day we woke up at 0700hrs for a refreshing morning swim in the wonderful waters of Awaawaroa Bay, with Anika first in the water. The trainees then got introduced to morning duties to keep the ship tidy and...

YTH-2008 Tahi Ra

Kia Ora from the R. Tucker Thompson Today was the first day of our 8th voyage of the season. We were pleased to welcome eleven trainees onboard the ship. As we departed Opua, we gather around the helm and played a name game and then unpacked our belongings. Then the...

YTH blog 2007 Rima Ra

Kia Ora from the good ship the R. Tucker Thompson Today was an early start for Arlo, Aaron, Leiton and Ethan. They were up at 5:30 and off to go catch some fish. They came back just in time for the morning swim with 2 pink Maumau and a Golden Snapper. What a nice way...

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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