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!


Youth Development Voyages


Our 7-day youth development voyages can be life changing

Weddings and events

Special charters are available for weddings, birthdays and parties

New Zealand is now in Alert Level 1. At the R. Tucker Thompson, our crew are carrying out maintenance aboard the ship until 10 July 2020. We will recommence youth voyage on 13 July 2020.

Kia kaha, kia maia, kia manawanui
  be strong, be steadfast and be kind.


Latest Annual report released

Our 2018-19 Annual Report has just been released. It’s a great document which not only provides our financial reports but also information about our sail trainees, our people and the Trust generally. Download it from our website and find out more about what we do!

Voyage video

Check out our new video, which gives you a glimpse into life on board a tall ship during a 7-day youth voyage. Venture into the unknown… and change your life forever. Lyrics by Maea Shepherd

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

Wha ra , Maraetai

From the Good Ship R. Tucker Thompson on passage once more. So we managed to navigate our way from Man O War bay, rejoining the fleet in the channel off Maretai. Foresail hoisted for stability engine providing the power. The southwesterly right on the nose giving...

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Tuia 250- Leg 3, Toru ra.

Tuia 250- Leg 3, Toru ra.

Toru ra Tuia 250  Whitianga to Maraetai From the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson, aue.  Apologies for lateness of this but we had a huge day yesterday coming up the coast. We were up and tackling duties having breakfast doing dishes preparing for a big day at sea. Then...

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Tuia 250 AKL-WHG Rua Ra

Rua Ra From the Good Ship R.Tucker Thompson. At sea once more after loading trainees yesterday afternoon, a quiet night at the dock we woke to duties on board. Sweep and mop below decks and polish the brass of compass, skylight and hatch brass. A hearty breakfast was...

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Toru Ra Tuia 250 AKL-WHG

Toru Ra Tuia 250 AKL-WHG

Toru Ra  Auckland to Whangarei From the Good Ship R. Tucker Thompson, secure in Mansion House Bay, Kawau Island. From arriving after 2000 (8pm) last night we tidied ship and before settling down the Trainees had a game of hide and seek well into the early night. A...

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Tuia 250: Leg 2 – Tua ra-Toru ra

Tuia 250: Leg 2 – Tua ra-Toru ra

FIRST DAY With the ship all ready and spic and span, the Tuia 250 voyage crew arrived at 4:30pm. On arrival they settled into their bunks, unpacked their bags and got to meet their fellow voyage companions. We all introduced ourselves up on deck. Being already quite...

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Tuia 1- Toru ra

Tuia 1- Toru ra

Toru ra From the Good ship R. Tucker Thompson 37 degrees 41.500 minutes South   178 degrees 37.000 minutes East Whangaokeno Motu off the Starboard beam, clearing skies, slight seas, well fed and watered, fresh fruit on deck, recruits scattered about from stem to...

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