Charter a Tall Ship!

Let us create an unforgettable adventure for you

Day Sails

Enjoy the ship for a day

For special occasions, it doesn’t get more special than this! Charter the R. Tucker Thompson for your own group and see where the wind takes you.

Our classic day sail in the Bay departs from Russell Wharf at 10.00 and returns at 3.30. It’s a great option for groups looking for a social club day out, a family get together or a special event. We are happy to discuss an earlier start or later finish to suit your programme. Our pricing is for the ship fully crewed and regular meals but we can discuss options of different menus depending on your occasion.

Chartering Costs

Private charter (5.5 hours)

From $3,512.50

Per additional hour



Morning tea and BBQ lunch

$37 pp

Antipasto Platter

$15 pp

All prices include GST


Sailing Costs

Private charter (2 hours)

From $1,500

Per additional hour



BBQ dinner

$27 pp

Antipasto Platter

$15 pp

All prices include GST

Evening Charters

Departing at 4.00 pm, you can charter the ship for 2 or 3 hours at the end of the day and enjoy the sun as it drops below the horizon. Great for a romantic occasion or work function. 

Our standard antipasto platter and cash bar is ideal if you are planning dinner later. If you want something more substantial, we can add a BBQ chicken meal or you are welcome to bring your own catering on board. (Minimum 3 hours for meal option.) We have a cash bar available or we can charge corkage for your own drinks. 


Weddings and vow renewals on board the R. Tucker Thompson will be truly special. There is nothing more romantic than being on a tall ship!

Let us help you make your wedding truly special. We carry a maximum of 47 passengers so if you are looking for a small, intimate occasion the ship is perfect. We work with most of the local wedding celebrants (we can refer you if required) and are happy to look at special requests. Whether you want to do a sail after the service itself, or perform the ceremony on an island as part of a day sail, we can work with you to realise your dreams.

What it costs

The rates given for the ship charter above will give you a guide as to the cost of the charter and depending on requirements, we will quote for administration costs as well. We are happy to quote for special meals or corkage.

Discovery Voyages

For a family experience like no other, a teambuilding exercise that will last for years to come, or simply for a group of friends, charter R. Tucker Thompson for a multiple Bay of Islands Discovery Voyage.

The R. Tucker Thompson is acknowledged and recognised for their work done with the young people of the region. Taking young people on 7-day voyages, the ship is used to develop teamwork, self-confidence and leadership skills. Now it is your chance to step on board and discover what it is like to explore the Bay of islands on board a tall ship. Who knows, you might discover something about yourself too. We take up to 10 passengers in total.

Voyage Costs (up to 10 passengers)

Available from mid November until Easter

Discovery Voyage (3 days)


Discovery Voyage (4 days)


3 or 4 day ship hire, dates subject to availability. Costs include hire of fully surveyed vessel and professional crew, bunk style accommodation and all meals.

All prices include GST.

Corporate Charters

The R. Tucker Thompson is the perfect platform for a range of business activities. Whether it is team building for individual staff members or a fun activity for a conference, we can provide options for your organisation.