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Bay of Islands: Late Afternoon Sailing Cruise

4.5 / 5

11 reviews

Activity provider: R. Tucker Thompson

Bay of Islands: Late Afternoon Sailing Cruise

Activity provider: R. Tucker Thompson

From US$ 38.63 per person

Enjoy a late afternoon tall ship cruise, spending two hours sailing the inner bay. Get involved and help hoist the sails or relax on the bowsprit.

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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
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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.
  • Round-trip ferry tickets (between Paihia and Russell)
  • 2-hour inner harbor sailing cruise
  • Shared antipasto platter
  • Drinks from the bar
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  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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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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4.5 /5

based on 11 reviews

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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.

February 6, 2020

A wonderful way to end the day sailing in the bay of islands

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 4, 2017

Totally boring A relatively full sailboat drives 500 meters from the harbor and then there for 2 hours in a small circle - where is the point? You don't see any other landscape than on the ferry that you have to use for the crossing. 5 raging kids and a crying baby didn't help relax. Chocolate was distributed or not with us anymore because it was all. We were happy when we were back!

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January 19, 2020

Product ID: 30277