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.

Whangarei Maritime Festival 

The R. Tucker Thompson will be docked at the Whangarei Town Basin for the Whangarei Maritime Festival
12-13 October.  The festival is a weekend of celebrating Whangarei’s maritime past, present and future with classic boats and maritime displays, and activities for everyone!  

Come aboard between 10am-4pm Saturday and Sunday to view our iconic ship and listen to tall ship tales. Everyone is welcome!

Pirate Sail

Ahoy young sailors! Kid’s pirate sail on Saturday 25 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 closer to the date.



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