Our Commitment

We are a member of the Sustainable Tourism Charter and have always focused on operating in a socially responsible way.

Supporting our community

As Taitokerau Northland’s tall ship, we are proud to support our community. We are pleased to offer gift vouchers for a sail where the recipient organisation aligns with our giving criteria.
This includes:
  • School fundraisers for Taitokerau Northland schools and kura
  • Fundraising in support of local youth groups or other Taitokerau Northland youth initiatives
  • Local community groups such as Lions and Rotary who are actively supporting the community
  • Tai Tokerau Northland fundraising initiatives for specific community projects
If you don’t fit this criteria please don’t be offended if we are unable to help.

Community sailings

For members of community groups, we have special rates and special sailings so that your group can enjoy a sailing on board the R. Tucker Thompson. Starting at $69 for a 4.5 hour sailing, we can tailor an affordable experience to reward volunteers or have some fun with your members. 

We can also help you fund raise by making the ship available to your group at special rates which you can then add your own touches to (e.g. food and entertainment). 

These are usually late afternoon sailings which you and your group can theme to fund raise for your specific need. You can either hire the ship for an hourly rate or a fixed fee per head (minimum 20 people). We can also work with you for special day sails depending on our availability. Talk to us about our community rates and let’s work together!

Contact us to find out more.

Our environment


We have always had a strong focus on our environment. Whether this is through the way we use our resources (recycle, reuse and minimise waste), to our desire to improve water quality in the Bay through the installation of our own sewerage pump out facility, or the installation of solar panels on our new building.

We also make sure that our trainees learn to appreciate our environment as part of our youth development voyage programmes, teaching them about marine pollution, doing beach clean-ups as well as weed busting and planting in support of Project Island Song. Our trainees have also been fortunate to be invited to Project Island Song bird releases, giving them a real sense of ownership of this wonderful project.

Visitor experiences


Qual Mark Gold AwardOur commitment to customer excellence is recognised not only through our Qualmark Gold award, but also the many satisfied customers who leave their testimonials on TripAdvisor, Facebook and Google, to name a few. The concept of manaakitanga, looking after our visitors is embedded in everything we do. Our crew love to share the ship with others, whether for a day, a short sail or for a longer voyage.

Economic sustainability


Our financial model, which is frugal and not wasteful, enables an all year round operation for the Trust. This is an important aspect of being a good employer in Taitokerau Northland, where many businesses shed staff during winter and gear up again for summer. Youth voyages in winter, along with our scheduled refit and maintenance period ensures that our crew have year-round, and varied employment.

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