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R. Tucker Thompson

Marsden Road | Maritime Building, Paihia 0241, New Zealand
+64 9-402 8430
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US$111.39*
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Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing on 'R. Tucker Thompson' Including BBQ Lunch
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US$48.59*
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Bay of Islands Tall Ship Sailing Experience
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Come sailing on Northland’s own tall ship! You can help set the sails, ride on the bowsprit, climb the rigging, or alternatively you can relax while our crew does the work. Morning cream tea and a delicious BBQ lunch are included. The ship is a member of the Northland Sustainable Tourism Charter and operated by a charitable trust. Profits from day sails are used to develop youth in Northland.
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Marsden Road | Maritime Building, Paihia 0241, New Zealand
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+64 9-402 8430
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We took the evening trip with drinks, etc. The crew are terrific and we took a turn at the helm, helping with sails, etc. The only downside was that the weather was grey and overcast so we did not get to see the sunset. There...More

Thank Gadabouts95
RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback and we are glad you enjoyed the sail. It's a pity we can't guarantee the weather, we do usually enjoy afternoon breezes, but thank you for sailing with us. Kia ora!

Reviewed 17 June 2017 via mobile

One of the highlights of the NZ trip! A true 3 mast working sailing ship, very educational and hands in whilst at the same time enjoying sea, sun and awesome scenery. Staff cook a great BBQ whilst you snorkel or explore a beautiful island. What...More

Thank tonyivo8
RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 19 June 2017

We are so delighted that sailing with us was one of your NZ highlights. We love to share our ship and what we do with others, and we greatly appreciate this feedback, kia ora!

Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

This is a wonderful trip not to be missed. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our day on the tall sailing ship. Fantastic friendly crew and a delicious lunch. I climbed up the rigging and enjoyed the fantastic views. Moored up and explored an island....More

Thank Theblondespider
RTuckerT, Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 5 June 2017

Kia ora and thank you for your kind feedback on your day on our good ship. We are so glad you enjoyed your day out with us, well done for climbing the rigging!

Reviewed 22 April 2017

Wow-my husband and I could not have asked for a better day or more fun aboard the R. Tucker Thompson. We met so many fun people and enjoyed a day on the water. Climb the rigging and enjoy the view from above, take a hand...More

Thank bethboff
RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2017

We're delighted that you enjoyed your sail with us and it was a highlight for your visit to the Bay. Sounds like you gave everything a go which is awesome! Thank you for taking the time to add your photos and review here, kia ora!

Reviewed 20 April 2017

I know, I need to polish up on some new adjectives. Even in a light fall rain, the trip was just so mellow and kickback. The staff was so cute, the young woman captain ran a great ship. So, there are differences in words between...More

Thank tucsondesertrats
RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2017

Kia ora - it sounds like your holiday in New Zealand was a great one and we're delighted to be one of the highlights of that tour. It don't think "scones" translate to any languages, it's a quaint English delight which is best served in...More

Reviewed 11 April 2017

Yesterday we had our 12th trip on the RTT, we go every time we have visitors. Our 12 year old grandchildren rode the bowsprit, hauled sails, took the helm and went swimming and snorkelling on the island. Unforgettable day, and the fares go to fund...More

Thank Ellen K
RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 12 April 2017

Kia ora and we love that you support our Good Ship here in the Bay!! We look forward to seeing your 12 year old grandchildren on one of our youth voyages in a couple of years. You can farewell them on their voyage knowing that...More

Reviewed 8 April 2017

This was so cool to go on a sail in this tall ship. Now before you picturing the Black Pearl, it was a but smaller and more of a working vessel, but you get to be part of the crew, helping set sail, and can...More

Thank MattR224
RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

Yes we are a bit smaller than the Black Pearl, and our crew aren't quite such ruffians - you need to sail the Lady Washington for that! But very glad you enjoyed your taste of tall ship sailing on board our "good ship" and great...More

Reviewed 7 April 2017

Stuart Birnie was SO helpful in arranging this tour for us. My husband is disabled, and required a bit of assistance along the way. After much liaising between the two of us, it was agreed that my husband would be able to do the tour....More

Thank Evelyn O
RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

So glad it worked out well for your family.... we always like to say yes and then figure out the best way to make it happen! We have even hoisted a wheelchair up the rigging once upon a time! We appreciate your feedback and we'll...More

Reviewed 7 April 2017

Really great adventure, pleasant day, nice experience. people can climb the rigging, steer the ship , ride the bowspit and help the crew with sails. Nice meal nice beach nice day

Thank Catherine H
RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

Kia ora and thank you for your feedback about your day sailing on our "good ship". We're glad you enjoyed your adventure with us!

Reviewed 29 March 2017

I highly recommend spending the whole day out on the R. Tucker Thompson and getting to grips with how a tall ship sails. You can do as much or as little as you want, but it was great fun to help haul up the sails,...More

Thank Hayley W
RTuckerT, General Manager at R. Tucker Thompson, responded to this reviewResponded 29 March 2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review and we're delighted you enjoyed your day out with us. We're fortunate to have the beautiful Bay of Islands both for our tourism sailings and for our youngsters to enjoy over winter. We'll pass on your feedback...More

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Soni B
31 July 2017|
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Response from Ellen K | Reviewed this property |
You will have to go on the R Tucker Thompson website to fine out. I was just a passenger a few times
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Pratik S
7 October 2016|
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Response from RTuckerT | Property representative |
Yes the other answers are correct. We depart from Paihia (via passenger ferry at 9.30 am and the ship leaves from Russell at 10.00 am. So it is generally better to come to the Bay the evening before. There is plenty of... More
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TraceyWilson1958
31 January 2016|
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Response from RTuckerT | Property representative |
Kia ora Tracey, sorry for the delay in responding to this question. We are actually doing maintenance at that time and over winter (April to November) we run our youth development voyages, which is what we use our tourism... More
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