R. Tucker Thompson Day Sails

Come sailing in the Bay of Islands on Northland’s iconic tall ship! Become part of the crew, help sail the ship or relax & enjoy the day. Operated by a charitable trust with profits supporting youth sail training programmes.


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Come sailing on Northland’s own iconic tall ship the R. Tucker Thompson! Often voted the best day of any holiday it is always an experience not to be missed.

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You’ll be able to get involved with sailing the ship, help set the sails, ride on the bowsprit, climb the rigging, or alternatively you can simply relax while our crew does the work. The ship is spacious and comfortable and the friendly crew makes it a memorable & personal experience. Morning cream tea and a delicious BBQ lunch are included.

With the wind behind her, the “Tucker” is one of Bay's most eco-friendly vessels so you’ll know that your carbon footprint has been kept to a minimum. Operated by a profit charitable trust with profits supporting youth sail training voyages.


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Physical address

R. Tucker Thompson Day Sails, Maritime Building, Marsden Road, Paihia, Northland, 0200, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
8am to 7pm, seven days per week. Ship sails 10am to 7pm daily end October through April.
Months of operation:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, Oct, Nov, Dec

Facilities and Features

Proximity to airport:
30 minutes by car
Proximity to coach terminal:
Coach terminal next to wharf
Proximity to town:
Wharf at centre of town

Pricing and Conditions

Adult $155.00
(14 year(s) and under)
Other charges:
Drinks from bar
Further pricing information:
Includes ferry transfers from Paihia. Normal concession cards welcome

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