We love special events, particularly for members of the community.

We hold yearly pirate sails, community sails, and other events. Check out this page to see if we have any special sailings planned.

Mangawhai Museum Exhibition

The R. Tucker Thompson is exhibiting at the Mangawhai Museum until March 2024.

The ship was built in Mangawahi and the exhibition tells the inspiring story of how a small township got behind the dream of a few determined people, Robert Tucker Thompson, Tod Thompson, Greta Simmonds and Russell Harris. The ship was built on the shores of the Mangawhai estuary and launched off the beach on 12 October 1985.

The exhibition includes a model miniature version of the ship as the centerpiece, and uses a mixture of media including film, audio, images, interactive elements to tell the inspiring R. Tucker Thompson story.

Come and view this wondrous exhibition of building a ship, building a community and building a dream.

Pirate Sail

Ahoy young sailors! Kid’s pirate sail on Saturday 27 January 4pm-6pm.

Let your inner pirate go wild on a 2-hour sail adventure from Russell on board the iconic R. Tucker Thompson. Youngsters (and their parents) get to dress up as pirates and enjoy a special pirate sailing on board Northland’s own tall ship. It’s a chance to “argh!” and “shiver me timbers” while the children play pirates.

This sailing is a fundraiser and the proceeds from all tickets will go towards funding a place for a young person from the region on a 7-day youth development voyage.

No age limit, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets available on eventfinda.



Interested in holding your own event on the Tucker? You can charter the ship!