1. New Zealand
  2. Bay of Islands
  3. Paihia

Bay of Islands: Full-Day Tall Ship Sailing Excursion

Product ID: 30275
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Sail on a tall ship in the Bay of Islands on this full-day schooner adventure. Do as much or as little as you like while on board. Help hoist the sails, climb the rigging, take the helm, go for a swim, and enjoy a morning cream tea and a tasty BBQ lunch.
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Duration: 6 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
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  • Set sail for a day on a tall ship
  • Help hoist the sails, climb the rigging, take the helm, or relax and enjoy the day
  • Hear stories from the knowledgeable crew about the history of the ship and the Bay of Islands
  • Enjoy a morning cream tea of scones and jam and a BBQ lunch
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Catch the breeze and set sail for the day on board the unique tall ship R. Tucker Thompson, built in the tradition of 100-year-old schooners by local Northlanders. She has sailed the world, but today explores the somewhat calmer seas of the Bay of Islands.

The design of the tall ship is based on the Halibut schooners of the north-west coast of America, which were considered fast and easily manned. She has the look of a working ship of the 18th century, purposeful and square-shouldered, but with a touch of style and speed.

The day out can be an interactive experience, so help set the sails, ride on the bowsprit, or climb the rigging. If you prefer, you can relax while the crew does the work. The crew will share stories about the ship, the Bay of Islands and involve you as much or as little as you want.

You’ll enjoy the Devonshire cream tea freshly baked in the galley each morning. The ship is spacious and comfortable and the friendly crew makes this a personal experience, suitable for people of all ages.

At lunchtime the vessel anchors in a secluded bay. Step ashore, take a swim, or try swinging from the yardarm. With all this sea air and activity you'll have a hearty appetite that will be well taken care of by a tasty BBQ lunch cooked on board. After lunch the ship will head back to the historic village of Russell.

The ship is operated as a not-for-profit charitable trust with profits from day sail activities being used to support youth sail training programs over the New Zealand winter. Operating for over 25 years, the ship is Qualmark-approved with a Gold environmental rating.
  • Ferry tickets from Paihia to Russell and return
  • Full day of sailing
  • Morning cream tea
  • BBQ lunch
What’s Not Included
  • Drinks from the bar

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Meeting point

Maritime Building, Marsden Road, Paihia to collect ferry tickets, and then transfer by ferry to Russell or Russell Wharf, The Strand, Russell.

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What to bring
  • Sunscreen
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What to wear/bring:
• Jacket or a warm top (sea breezes can be cool)
• Swimming gear and towel
• Sunglasses and a hat
• Sun block
• Water bottle
• Camera
• Any medication you may need
• A smile

From £83.70 per person

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Product ID: 30275