7-Day Youth Voyage

If you’re aged between 13 and 18, you can sign up for an adventure of a lifetime. Your 7-day voyage will take take you places that you normally can’t reach by road. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the amazing Bay of Islands, you may even get the chance to sail up or down the coast and visit some of the coastal communities there. But wherever the wind takes you, it will be an experience you will remember forever.

On your voyage, you will

  • Learn about sailing, general seamanship and safety at sea
  • Learn about the environment and marine ecology and visit some amazing places
  • Find out about navigation and how to read charts
  • Learn how to fish, and if you are lucky catch your supper (don’t worry, we have other food available if you’re unlucky!)
  • Take a turn at cooking in the galley
  • Go tramping, snorkeling and play games ashore
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Find out about Taitokerau Northland’s history and our culture
  • And above all have fun while you get to sail an amazing tall ship!

R. Tucker Thompson Youth development voyages from R. Tucker Thompson on Vimeo Music written by a Trainee: Lyrics written by Maea Shepherd, Produced by "King Music" (Maea Shepherd & Adam Roycroft), a Young Enterprise Company.

Trainee feedback

The voyage was lots of fun and a great opportunity to make new friends. We learnt more about ourselves and each other. Oshean and I were just acquaintances before, but we formed a strong friendship on board and are now great buddies.  There was a sense of belonging on board. Crew were like aunts and uncles and trainees like siblings.

Trainee feedback

I learnt a lot of basic life skills along with skills on the boat. I liked how the crew was more our friends and it was very laid back, we could talk to them like friends. I’ll remember all the impromptu exploring we did, all the dolphins and the sea life

Trainee feedback

Meeting new people from different ages, the new experience of learning to sail and being with the team, making friends, and also the ship and land challenges, like Tucker challenge

Trainee feedback

my favorite thing was the whole journey. I liked meeting new people and making new friends. I enjoyed having to get out side my comfort zone and taking on challenges I would not have other wise.

Trainee feedback

My experience on the R Tucker Thompson was amazing as I got to see islands in the Bay of Islands that I’ve never seen before and how I got to meet new people and get really close with them.
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Costs

The cost of a 7-day voyage is $2,152 GST inclusive. For students from the Taitokerau Northland region, we offer a subsidy to reduce the price to $995 from our tourism surplus if available, and general donations. 

This means that for individual applicants, the voyage fee is:

  • A minimum of $995 to be contributed by the applicant (please note we are able to offer a range of grants and sponsorships depending on individual circumstances
  • The Trust will contribute $1,157 per person by the ship using surplus from trading activities, grants, or the ship’s own fundraising efforts
  • Where a student is able to pay more, we ask that they do. Any additional payment is receipted as a donation and used to support other students

Students from outside Northland are welcome to undertake a voyage, however we cannot provide the same level of subsidy. The cost to students from outside Taitokerau Northland is $1950. 

International students may participate however they will be expected to pay the full $2,152 voyage cost.

Please note, we do not provide subsidies to corporate or government funded placements, who are required to pay the full amount.

2021 voyage dates are provided below:

Voyage ID

Voyage Dates

Dep/Ret Port

Availability

YTH-2101

Thur 8 April - Wed 14 April

Opua - Opua

Places Available

YTH-2102

Sat 1 May – Fri 7 May

Opua - Opua

Places Available

YTH-2103

Mon 10 May – Sun 16 May

Opua - Opua

Places Available

YTH-2104

Wed 19 May – Tues 25 May

Opua - Whangarei

Places Available

YTH-2105

Mon 31 May – Sun 6 June

Whangarei - Opua

Places Available

YTH-2106

Wed 9 June – Tues 15 June

Opua - Opua

Places Available

YTH-2107

Fri 18 June –Thur 24 June

Opua - Opua

Places Available

YTH-2108

Sun 27 June - Sat 3 July

Opua - Opua

Places Available

YTH-2109

Tues 6 July - Mon 12 July

Opua - Opua

Places Available

YTH-2110

Thur 15 July - Wed 21 July

Opua - Opua

Places Available

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Latest posts

Take a look at the latest voyage blogs to find out more about life on board

YTH-2013 Rima Ra

Kia Ora from the good ship R Tucker Thompson Anchored in Oke Bay last night, there was a bit of a swell on the beach and everyone got wet when we went ashore, that was a good start and then the ship rolled a fair bit throughout the night so there was a few slow sleepy...

YTH-2013 Wha Ra

Kia Ora from the good ship R Tucker Thompson This blog was written by Piper Today we began with a dip in the water off Orokawa Bay, then motored over to Roberton Island. There we swam in the warm lagoon, rock climbed on steep rock faces then had some delicious lunch....

YTH-2013 Toru Ra

Kia Ora from the R Tucker Thompson This blog was written with Connor and Braden For the first activity of the day, we split into our port and starboard watches for a navigation lesson and had some unexpected grey finned visitors hang out with us for the morning. When...

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