Toroa Tours, Auckland Heritage Festival 2016

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 Auckland Heritage Festival

Steam Ferry Toroa Restoration Tours 2016

Sunday 25th September:  Tours at 10 am, 11.30 am, 1 pm & 2.30 pm

Sunday 2nd October: Tours at 10 am, 11.30 am, 1 pm & 2.30 pm

2 Selwood Road, Henderson (via construction yard gate)

Steam ferry Toroa under the Harbour Bridge, 1960s. Hooker Bowden photograph, Stewart Family Collection

10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Steaming ahead

Toroa, the last surviving, wooden, double-ended, steam passenger ferry in the world. Forty metres in length and more than 300 tonnes of the technological and social history of Auckland.
New planks as long as a house; tonnes of shapely new steel ribs; thousands of rivets driven red hot; tall and stately steam engine and polished brass.
The massive and highly skilled restoration is well on the way to returning the unique steam-ferry survivor Toroa of 1925 to steam again on the harbour, authentically restored and seaworthy, carrying passengers again as she did for decades of her working life.
Join the Toroa Preservation Society for a guided tour of this remarkable ship restoration project and hear the story of the steam ferries that helped to make Auckland.

We regret that there is no wheelchair access into the boat; entry is via steep stairs.
Please wear closed footwear. Children must be supervised by adults.

Numbers are limited and bookings are essential:
Email or telephone Sheron, mob. 021-654 869

Entry by donation. Proceeds support the restoration of the Toroa.


And for a not-to-be-missed Commemoration of The Ferries of Auckland:

PS Osprey approaching Birkenhead wharf, 1911, North Auckland Research Centre Photograph Collection, Auckland Libraries, T7447

Auckland's Harbour Ferries: Photographic Exhibition


Saturday 24 September - Sunday 9 October - FREE ENTRY

Monday-Friday 9am-5.30pm; Saturday and Sunday 9.30am-4.30pm

Takapuna Library, 9 The Strand, Takapuna

An exhibition of heritage photographs, paintings, documents, books and models tracing the history of the iconic harbour ferries of Auckland, from the original paddle steamers to the ferries of today.

For further details see:

Heritage Festival Events Website