School Sailings

Whether you are a Kura Kaupapa Māori, Primary, Intermediate or Secondary school, we are able to offer an awesome educational experience for your students. It’s also a fun experience that they enjoy as well. We’re a traditional sailing ship which means there is plenty of opportunity to learn how sails work, as well as a chance to put on a harness and climb out on the bowsprit. For NCEA students, there are curriculum links to History Level 1 and 2, Geometry Level 1 and 2, Sailing Level 2 and Tourism Level 2.

We are members of the Bay of Islands Education Network so you can book your experience through them as part of your school package. All staff have been Police vetted and we are an MSD accredited provider with RAMS forms available.

Choose your field trip from the options below or contact us if you wish to customise your sail.

School day sail

Our School Sailing in the Bay is ideal for schools looking for multiple activities on one day. Departing from Opua, the ship heads out into the Bay for a swim and island visit before heading home. Bring your own packed lunch to eat on the way home, before exploring Russell Museum, Pompallier Mission or Waitangi for the afternoon. Ferry tickets available on request. It’s ideal for Kura Kaupapa Māori and secondary schools and incorporates some of the early histories of the Bay. Minimum 20 students, although schools can combine groups.

Sailing times & price

Weekdays, weekends subject to availability

Departs:

9:00 am

Opua Wharf

Returns:

1:30 pm

Russell Wharf

Price $60.00 pp regardless of age
BYO packed lunch and drinks
Extra hour sailing $10.00 pp

Sailing times & price

 Subject to availability

Departs:

9:00 am

Russell Wharf

Returns:

2:00 pm

Russell Wharf

Price $70.00 pp regardless of age

BYO lunch and drinks

History Sail

Students have the  opportunity to set sail on board this beautiful heritage vessel and learn about the Bay of Islands’ rich history. An area of continuous occupation since around 1300, the Bay of Islands is rich in stories from the first Polynesian waka arrivals, and the first Māori and European encounters followed by the arrivals of missionaries and settlers. Minimum of 20 students.

Short afternoon sail

This short sail from Russell is ideal for school groups visiting the Bay of Islands that are doing a range of activities during their field trip. It’s also perfect for Primary School or younger students who may not wish to spend a full day on board. The short sail is enough time to hoist the sails, climb out on the bowsprit and learn the ropes. Ferry tickets are available on request. Minimum 20 students.

Subject to availabity

Departs:

4:00 pm

Russell Wharf

Returns:

5:45 pm

Russell Wharf

Price $30 pp regardless of age

Ferry tickets available as optional extra.

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