Resources & Connections

Resources and Connections

Publications on the Auckland ferries & on the ships of George Turnbull Niccol
Steam on the WaitemataStewart, W.W.A.H. & A.W. Reed, 1972
The Harbour Ferries of AucklandBalderston, DavidGrantham House, 1986
The Waiheke Ferries of AucklandBalderston, DavidGrantham House, 1991
The Floating Bridge: the vehicular ferries of AucklandBalderston, DavidGrey Gull, 2013
The Bayswater Harbour Ferries of Auckland to TakapunaBalderston, DavidGrey Gull, 2015
The Upper Harbour Ferries of AucklandBalderston, DavidGrey Gull, 2018
The Paddlesteamers: Auckland Harbour Ferries 1860-1906Balderston, DavidGrey Gull, 2020
Waitemata Ferry TalesFodie, SallyCollins, 1991
Auckland by the Sea: 100 years of work and playJohnson, David David Bateman, 1988
From Wherry to Steam Ferry on the Waitemata: a history of the romantic conquest of the silvery waterwayWalsh, T.Walsh Printing, 1932
Servants of the North: adventures on the coastal trade with the Northern Steam Ship CompanyFurniss, CliffA.H. & A.W. Reed, 1977
The Era of Coastal Shipping in New Zealand: The Small Motor ShipsJennings, MurrayTranspress
Sea Edge: where the Waitemata meets AucklandBob HarveyOratia 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.    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    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 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     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  NZ Maritime Museum
A restored 19th-century Kaipara Harbour steam launch, Puke operates from Hobson Wharf.