Toroa Tours, Auckland Heritage Festival 2017

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Auckland Heritage Festival

From waterways to motorways: the heritage of transport and travel in Tāmaki Makaurau


Toroa – Auckland's Last Steam Ferry

Response 137 Toroa Aucklands Last Steam FerryToroa under the recently built Harbour Bridge. Hooker Bowden photograph, Stewart Family Collection

Sunday 8th October:  Tours at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Sunday 15 October:  Tours at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm

Toroa – Auckland's Last Steam Ferry

For 99 years before the opening of the Auckland Harbour Bridge in 1959, steam ferries connected the North Shore with the city. Carrying passengers, goods and vehicles, these ferries had a huge impact on Auckland and the development of the North Shore.

Toroa, the last steam survivor, worked on until 1980. She carried 70 million passengers between her launching in 1925 and her decommissioning.

This 40-metre long, 300-tonne icon of our transport and social history has been preserved and is being restored to authentic and seaworthy state. Toroa will steam again on the Waitematā as a heritage excursion ferry.

Join a tour of the massive and painstaking Toroa restoration. Hear the stories of the steam ferry and her people, and of Auckland's rich steam ferry history.


Steam Ferry Toroa Restoration Yard (Enter via Hawkins Construction gate), 2 Selwood Road, Henderson
Entry by koha (donation). Proceeds support the restoration of the Toroa.
Solid footwear required. Children must be supervised by adults. We regret that there is no wheelchair access into the ferry

Tour Bookings

Booking is essential as numbers are limited on each tour.
Contact Don Henwood at 021-201 9560, or email