If you are visiting the Bay of Islands for the day on a cruise ship, we would love for you to experience a day out sailing in the Bay on the R. Tucker Thompson. Getting off the ship and on board with us is easy, and there are people to assist every step of the way.
The best way to discover the Bay of Islands
If you’re visiting the Bay of Islands, the best way to experience the Bay is from the water. See and set foot on areas only accessible by boat, and get away from the hussle and bussle of the town. A day sail on the iconic R. Tucker Thompson is one of the few opportunities to go sailing on a working tall ship, in one of the most spectacularly beautiful parts of New Zealand, the Bay of Islands.
Day Sail includes:
How to get there from the cruise ship
Cruise ship tenders will take you from your cruise ship to Waitangi, where busses will take you the short 5 minute drive to Paihia. The bus will drop you off at the Paihia wharf, outside I-site, where you can grab your complimentary ferry ticket. On the same wharf, you can catch the 9am or 9.30 am Ferry to Russell where you will board the R. Tucker Thompson at 10 am. It’s a good idea to let the cruise ship know you have a day trip planned so that you can get off the cruise ship on an early tender. If timing is tight, please just let us know, you can catch the next 9.50 am Ferry to Russell and we can wait 5 minutes for you to arrive and board the Tucker.
You’ll be back in Russell from your day sailing on the Tucker at 3.30 pm. You can catch a ferry straight back to Paihia at 3.40pm (Blue Ferry) or 4pm (Bay Belle Ferry) to catch a bus back to Waitangi and get on your tender back to the cruise ship. Busses will be waiting for you as soon as you get off the ferry in Paihia, to take you back to Waitangi to get on a tender to the cruise ship.
You’ll be buzzing from an awesome day out tall ship sailing in the magical Bay of Islands and you’ll have experienced the best the Bay has to offer, the ocean, the people and the stories.
Disclaimer: As an independent traveller these timings would be your own responsibility.
Adult – NZ $179
Child – NZ $89
Includes morning tea, lunch, and ferry transfers. Infants under 5 go free (no meals included).
Our 2023 Day Sails resume on 14 December and will continue to 25 April 2024.
Adult (15+ yrs)
9:30 am Paihia (via passenger ferry)
10:00 am Russell Wharf
3:30 pm Russell Wharf
4:00 pm Paihia (via passenger ferry)
NB: Times shown are latest departure times. Ferry tickets are transferable so that earlier and later ferries can be taken if required.