Water activity

Bay of Islands: Late Afternoon Sailing Cruise

4.6 / 5

18 reviews

Activity provider: R. Tucker Thompson
Water activity

Bay of Islands: Late Afternoon Sailing Cruise

Activity provider: R. Tucker Thompson

From US$ 42.02 per person

Enjoy a late afternoon tall ship cruise, spending two hours sailing the inner bay. Get involved and help hoist the sails, climb the rigging or simply relax with a cold drink from our bar.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Experience an afternoon inner harbor sailing cruise
  • Get involved and help sail the ship
  • Enjoy sharing an appetizer platter
  • Have a cold drink whilst exploring the Bay of Islands from the water
Full description
Board Northland’s iconic tall ship the R. Tucker Thompson for a 2-hour sail on the inner bay. Get involved and help hoist the sails or sit back and relax as you pass around a shared antipasto platter. Enjoy a drink from the cash bar and experience the beauty of a traditionally rigged vessel under sail. Ferry tickets to Russell are included in the tour price, so why not head over early and spend an afternoon exploring the historic village or dine in one of the many excellent restaurants after your sail. The ship is operated as a not-for-profit charitable trust with proceeds from sailing activities used to support youth sail training programs over the New Zealand winter. Find out more about us online: www.tucker.co.nz or call us on 0800 TUCKER
  • Round-trip ferry tickets (between Paihia and Russell)
  • 2-hour inner harbor sailing cruise
  • Shared antipasto platter

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    Meeting point

    Russell Wharf Departure: The R. Tucker Thompson departs from Russell Wharf at 4pm. You will need to be there at 3.45pm From Russell: If you are staying in Russell, please report directly to the ship at the end of Russell Wharf by no later than 3.45pm. From Paihia: If you are not staying in Russell you will require a passenger ferry transfer from Paihia to the Russell Wharf; this is included in the cost of your trip. You can pick up your passenger ferry tickets from I Site Information Centre on the Paihia wharf, please collect these no later than 3.15pm. The last ferry to meet the ship will depart from Paihia wharf at 3.30pm.

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    • Be sure to bring a jacket or a warm top; sunglasses and a hat; sun block; a water bottle; a camera; and any medication you may need
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    4.6 /5

    based on 18 reviews

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    Very pleasant, cosy and sporty experience. All the sails (6) were hoist dispite bad weather was comming. We could help with all activities, even 2 folks went all the way into the top of the mast. Atmosphere was great. And during the rain shower we went down and were nicely dry and comfortable.

    March 30, 2023

    Delightful cruise on a genuine sailing ship. If you are adventurous, put on the climbing harness the ship provides and climb as high as you want in the rigging, even standing on the top gallant yard, or for those of less courage go out on the bowsprit. Absolutely wonderful experience.

    March 30, 2023

    We had the most fantastic time sailing on a tall ship with some, climbing to the top of the mast, to others like my wife climbing to the bow of the ship and having a titanic moment while bobbing up and down as we cut through the waves, a beautiful way to see the bay

    March 30, 2023

    Product ID: 30277