Charter a tall ship!

Let us create an unforgettable adventure for you

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 15.30. It’s a great option for groups looking for a social club day out, a family get together or a special event. We’re 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.

Available 15 November until Easter, we can take up to 47 passengers in total.

What it costs

Sailing Cost

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursdays

(This excludes 26 Dec. – 30 Jan.)

Friday,  Saturday, Sunday, Monday $4,750
Per additional hour $400
Morning tea, lunch per person $27.00
Ferry return $6.00

Enjoy the ship for a day

Ship under sail

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

Available 15 November until Easter, we can take up to 47 passengers in total.


What it costs

Sailing  Cost
Hourly rate (minimum 2 hours) $575
Hourly rate (3 hours+) $475
Hourly rate (positioning)* $200

If the ship has not done a day sail, a 2 hr positioning rate applies.

Kids hauling lines
Climb the rigging

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 aboard or 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

Plan your wedding

Bride and groom

Voyage charter

For a family experience like no other, a teambuilding exercise that will last for years to come, or for simply a group of friends, charter R. Tucker Thompson for a 3-day 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.

Available from mid November until Easter.

What it costs

Sailing  Cost
3-day ship hire midweek (Nov, Dec, March) $8,999
3-day ship hire midweek (Jan, Feb) $14,750

Design your own adventure

Regardless of whether you come for a short sail, a full day or a voyage, let us create memories on board this very special tall ship.

Tucker bungy swing

Day sails

Island lunchtime stopover

Sailing decks


A great evening sail

Plotting the passage


Passage planning

What are you waiting for?