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Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sundowner Sailing

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    What to Expect
    Make your way to the Russell wharf to meet your sailing vessel 10 minutes before departure time. If you are staying in Paihia, pick up your round-trip ferry ticket at the Maritime Building in the late afternoon. 

    Then step aboard the R. Tucker Thompson, an iconic tall ship of the Northland. You'll set sail for the inner Bay of Islands while you help an expert hoist the sails. Once underway you're served a shared antipasto platter. Purchase a drink from the cash bar and marvel at the beauty of a traditionally rigged vessel under sail. 

    If you're feeling adventurous, there's time to slip into a harness and climb up the rigging. For the more romantically inclined, head out to the bowsprit and create your own memories. Perhaps sip a glass of wine while watching the sunset. 

    When your 2-hour cruise concludes, you're free to dine in one of the many restaurants in the historical village of Russell and return by ferry to Paihia at your leisure.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Paihia Maritime Building or Russell Wharf
    Departure Time
    If you are staying in Paihia, please come to the Maritime Building to pick up your free passenger ferry tickets by 3:15pm. You will need to be on the 3:30pm ferry at the latest to meet the ship. If you are staying in Russell, come down to the wharf by 3:50pm.

    The ship leaves Russell at 4pm and returns just before 6pm.
    Return Details
    Return to same departure location
    • Cruise the Inner Bay on board the "R. Tucker Thompson" tall ship
    • Shared Antipasto Platter
    • Wet weather gear (if required)
    • Local taxes
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 26 April 2019

    This was a relaxing 2 hour cruise with scenic views of the Bay. You could just sit and absorb the atmosphere, or choose to be more adventurous and help hoist sails, climb a mast or venture out on the bowsprit. It would be fun for...More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank Janet R
    RTuckerThompson, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 13 May 2019

    Kia ora Thank you for your feedback, we appreciate it!

    Reviewed 7 March 2019

    Wonderful ship. Beautiful and powerful. Captain and crew were great with a perfect balance of friendliness and sharing of knowledge without being intrusive. Passengers were left to handle the trip in the way they wished, from total silence to asking numerous questions. The scenery speaks...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank DortisNortis
    RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2019

    Kia ora Love it, we'll have to start using that: Tuckertastic! We're glad you felt the crew did a good job supporting your experience. And we agree, the scenery is lovely! Wear that t-shirt proudly!

    Reviewed 7 March 2019

    The crew were amazing: so professional and skilled AND incredibly friendly and welcoming. The other passengers were like minded people so we all had fun, but the crew were the most important part of the sail.

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank Greg N
    RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2019

    Kia ora Thank you - our crew work very hard to make your day special, I'll be sure to pass on your feedback - it's very appreciated!

    Reviewed 6 March 2019

    We had a wonderful 2 hours on the tall ship, we were lucky there was enough wind to have all the sails up, a really great experience.More

    Date of experience: March 2019
    Thank oldies541
    RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 9 March 2019

    Kia ora We're glad you enjoyed your Sundowner Sail with us, it's a perfect way to start your evening and you get a taste of what it's like to sail on a tall ship in the protected Inner Harbour. The Tucker and crew love wind...More

    Reviewed 11 February 2019

    An enjoyable experience and a good cause ie helping the young people learn to sail the ship, Kia ora Captain and crew!

    Date of experience: February 2019
    Thank kiaorakoe
    RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 12 February 2019

    Kia ora and thank you for your kind message. we appreciate your support for what we are trying to achieve! Mauri ora.

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