R Tucker Thompson Tall Ship Cruise

Explore the beautiful Bay of Islands in a unique way by sailing the area aboard an authentic tall ship - enjoy a full day sail or a late afternoon sail!
R Tucker Thompson Tall Ship Cruise


  • Sail on the Tall Ship R Tucker Thompson

  • Cruise the Bay of Islands & learn history

  • Lunch or afternoon tea included

  • Qualmark Gold Visitor Quality Experience

  • Operated by a Charitable Trust

  • Your money goes to youth development programs

More info


  • Please note that this experience operates seasonally in the Summer months only - 14 December 2023 until 1 April 2024.


  • Full Day Sail
  • 6hr Tall Ship cruise
  • Island stopover
  • Morning tea and BBQ lunch
  • Be as active as you like - take the helm, help set the sails, ride the bowsprit or climb the rigging

Afternoon Sail

  • 1.45hrs Tall Ship Cruise
  • Antipasto platter


  • Beverages are an additional cost and can be purchased on board



  • Departs Russell Wharf, Waterfront. Departs at 10am and returns at 4pm
  • Available from late October to mid April
  • If staying in Paihia catch the 9.30pm ferry from Paihia Wharf to Russell (ferry price included). When the cruise returns back to Russell at 4pm, you can then catch the passenger ferry back to Paihia which leave on the hour (ferry ticket included)


  • Departs Russell Wharf at 4.00pm and returns at 5.45pm
  • Available from late October to mid April on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • If staying in Paihia, catch the 3.30pm passenger ferry across to Russell (ferry ticket included). You will return back to Paihia at 5.45pm by bus from Opua (bus included)

What To Bring

  • Sunscreen and
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Warm Clothing
  • Walking shoes

Additional Information

  • The R. Tucker Thompson is operated by a not-for-profit Charitable Trust. Profits made through these commercial tourism activities are used to run youth development sail training voyages over the winter months, as well as maintaining the vessel in good condition. Your support in choosing this experience for your clients is greatly appreciated

Cancellation Policy

  • Fullers GreatSights requires 24 hours’ notice of cancellation for all scheduled departure bookings.
  • Fullers GreatSights reserve the right to alter proposed routes or cancel any departure in the interest of passenger safety and/or comfort.
  • All departures are subject to minimum numbers, sea and weather conditions and Fullers GreatSights reserve the right to cancel departures in the event that requirements are not met.

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience.
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
  • Availability was accurate at the time of booking however, is subject to change due to circumstances out of our control. We strongly suggest reconfirming your booking with the tour operator within 24 hours of making your booking and prior to making other travel arrangements

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