We caught the ferry to Russell and took a 5 hour cruise on a tall ship called the R Tucker Thompson (click here for info). It was an incredible experience with freshly-baked scones for morning tea.
I have to say it looked like a lot of work but our crew of 3 had the sails down pat. One had to climb up to untie the smaller sails at the top. He scampered up one side and down the other like a pro. All those on board were invited to climb the rigging, steer the ship and help with the sails.
While some were taken to an island for a stroll and others took a swim, the crew prepared a wonderful lunch in a very casual atmosphere.