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.
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.
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

Join us in Whangarei

From 4-6 September, the ship will be down in Whangarei doing a number of Community sailings and our ever popular Kiddies Pirate Sail. Make sure you don’t miss out. 

Latest blogs from on board the ship

YTH 2004 Toru ra

YTH 2004 Toru Ra   Greetings from thy good ship to thy land lovers. Today’s weather was not as nice as yesterday alas but we prevailed accomplishing many modules in our task book before leaving our anchorage due to adverse weather conditions and headed for the...

YTH 2004 – Rua Ra

The water was as flat as a pancake- beautiful like glass with Cody first in the water for the morning swim. Once everyone completed their morning swim, got changed, morning duties were completed and breakfast was devoured the trainees settled in the saloon and soaked...

YTH 2004- Tahi Ra

With the trainees waving goodbye to their family as we set the fore sail and head off towards the Bay of islands we set a course towards Bucket of Kai Bay as our lunch time stop. Down stairs the trainees unpack their bunks then we had lunch outside the black rocks...

YTH blog 2003 Ono Ra

Kia Ora from the good ship the R.Tucker Thompson This morning Captain Wayne woke us up with the sound of the engine. We had a mission, get to the hole in the rock. We raised the anchor, set the sails and then accomplished our morning duty, while sailing. Warm...

YTH 2003 Rima Ra

Blog written by the trainees…   Ahoy from the trainees of the R Tucker Thompson This morning we all woke up at 0730hrs and had a wash in the cold water, we did our morning chores and had the best breakfast made for us by Ethan. We then did dishes and went to the...

YTH 2003 Wha Ra

Ahoy from the R Tucker Thompson Today has been a beautiful day with blue skies and lots of wind Our morning started off at 0730hrs with a morning swim just off from Kororareka, shortly after followed morning duties and a delicious frittata made by the first mate...

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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