Tucker Thompson Cruise in the Bay of Islands
a voyage on the R Tucker Thompson
Tours, Attractions and Events in the Bay of Islands
and Accommodation in the Bay of Islands
Touring photos on the R Tucker Thompson
an avid devotee of Horatio Hornblower this fellow boarded
the tall ship R Tucker Thompson with a huge amount of anticipation
surging through the body.
I be able to make my way out to the end of the bowsprite?
Would I climb the main mast? Would I be seasick?
wasn't much chance of the latter on a sensational and calm
day in the Bay of Islands but, hey, that at least raised
the chances of completing the first two.
R Tucker Thompson is square-rigged schooner built in the
traditions of the old tall ships.
is 26-metres long, five metres wide and has two masts that
carry 179 sq m of sail.
is also an absolute beauty.
gleams, ropes are neatly tied, the decks scrubbed and clean
and the cabin and below-deck areas have stunning woodwork.
Above all, there is a touch of the romantic about being
on a tall ship.
a day with good wind the R Tucker Thompson can zip along
at 9 knots and when the power source drops there is always
the safety of the engine.
is an incredible calm about being on a sailing vessel. Sit
back and enjoy the scenery as it slowly passes by, get fed
a scrumptious Devonshire tea with scones groaning under
jam and whipped cream, or a lunch fit for a land-based restaurant,
and partake of beer and local wines. The wines are particularly
a couple of those the courage is up for a stint aloft and
bearing in mind the wooden deck looked quite hard and the
mast quite high it was on with a safety harness.
a reminder, don't take your shoes off before going up the
mast because the rope ladder does play havoc with city-boy
up you go to witness some excellent views of the surroundings
and stare down at your fellow passengers. And don't wear
shorts as some people - particularly boisterous middle-aged
ladies - can give you a really hard time about your legs.
R Tucker Thompson makes a lunch stop at Motuarohia Island,
or Robertson Island, where you get an inflatible trip on
to the shore for either a swim or chill out, or for a good
walk up to the island lookout.
views up there are excellent and the effort not too exacting.
it's lunch and we had a terrific tandoori chicken meal that
was more than enough for any stomach given a huge appetite
by sun and sea.
anchor it was up with the sails and off for a light-breeze
cruise at about 2 knots. While it would have been nice to
have had heavier winds that would allow R Tucker Thompson
to show her pace, the tranquility of just mooching along
was very restful.
sail with the R Tucker Thompson is about $US75 for adults
and children about $US38. You can buy beer and wine on board
and also some nifty T-shirts.
I have left them until last the crew of the R Tucker Thompson
we sailed with were excellent.
Skipper Garth Bishop was thoroughly entertaining and ran
the ship like er, Captain Blight (he even had me hauling
up the blinking main sail!), cook Andre Moore put on excellent
scones and a super lunch, Manton Bauer-Ngawaka injured himself
on rocks getting the skipper's brekkie and Amiria Macbeth
was a damn fine hand in the rubber boat.
R Tucker Thompson is a memorable way to spend a day in the
Bay of Islands and left we landlubbers with an urge to do
it all again.
can book a trip with the R Tucker Thompson
through Tiki Touring.
Cruise departs from Paihia.
This tour is seasonal and operates from October through
to April. 10:00am departure on sailing days.
Cruise concludes at either The Strand Wharf in Russell
or the Paihia wharf, approximately 4 hours after departure,
or 9 1/2 hours after the morning departure if the
island extension option is chosen.
Cruise on board the R. Tucker Thompson tall ship
weather gear (if required)
'Fullers Bay Belle' ferry tickets (if Paihia option
Zealand's Goods and Services Tax (GST)
tour must be booked at least 24 hours in advance of
travel. Confirmation for this product will be received
within 24 hours, subject to availability. Tour is
operated in English unless otherwise stated.
aged 4 years and under travel free of charge Children
aged between 5 and 14 years inclusive qualify for
child rate. No other discounts apply.