Resources & Connections

Resources and Connections

Publications on the Auckland ferries & on the ships of George Turnbull Niccol

Steam on the Waitemata Stewart, W.W. A.H. & A.W. Reed, 1972
The Harbour Ferries of Auckland Balderston, David Grantham House, 1986
The Waiheke Ferries of Auckland Balderston, David Grantham House, 1991
The Floating Bridge: the vehicular ferries of Auckland Balderston, David Grey Gull, 2013
The Bayswater Harbour Ferries of Auckland to Takapuna


The Upper Harbour Ferries of Auckland

Balderston, David


Balderston, David

Grey Gull, 2015


Grey Gull,2018

Waitemata Ferry Tales Fodie, Sally Collins, 1991
Auckland by the Sea: 100 years of work and play Johnson, David  David Bateman, 1988
From Wherry to Steam Ferry on the Waitemata: a history of the romantic conquest of the silvery waterway Walsh, T. Walsh Printing, 1932
Servants of the North: adventures on the coastal trade with the Northern Steam Ship Company Furniss, Cliff A.H. & A.W. Reed, 1977
The Era of Coastal Shipping in New Zealand: The Small Motor Ships


Sea Edge: where the Waitemata meets Auckland

Jennings, Murray


Bob Harvey

Transpress, 2003


Oratia Press, 2019

Operating steamships in New Zealand

With the exception of Hikitia, a working floating steam crane, these vessels operate in New Zealand waters as heritage excursion steamers. Visit their websites for excursion timetables and vessel histories.

Tug WILLIAM C. DALDY    William C. Daldy Preservation Society


Built in Scotland in 1935 for the Auckland Harbour Board, the tug operates excursions on Auckland Harbour.

Tug LYTTELTON    Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society
Built in Scotland in 1907 for the Lyttelton Harbour Board, the tug operates excursions on Lyttelton Harbour.
TSS EARNSLAW    Real Journeys
Built in Dunedin in 1912 and reassembled at Kingston for the New Zealand Government Railways, Earnslaw operates from Queenstown on Lake Wakatipu.
PS WAIMARIE    Waimarie Operating Trust


Built in London in 1899, Waimarie was reassembled at Whanganui and worked the Whanganui River until 1952. Relaunched in 2000, the paddle steamer operates from Whanganui.

Floating Crane HIKITIA     Maritime Heritage Trust of Wellington
Built in Scotland in 1926 for the Wellington Harbour Board, the Hikitia operates on Wellington Harbour as a steam crane, lifting up to 80-ton loads.
Launch PUKE  NZ Maritime Museum
A restored 19th-century Kaipara Harbour steam launch, Puke operates from Hobson Wharf.