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New Zealand Steam and Food experience.

As seen on "
TVNZ Taste of Christmas 2005" with Peta Mathias. 

Kerikeri River wedding
Francesca Dodd and her sisters, from left, Rosie Dodd, Jo Dodd and Suzanna Dodd and Father Alan Dodd cruise down the Kerikeri River aboard the steam boat Firefly. The bridal party was en route to Pagoda Lodge where the marriage was on January 8.

"SS Eliza Hobson" 30 ft steam

Come join us  aboard the "SS Eliza Hobson" 30ft steamboat
for a trip down the Kerikeri Inlet and experience the ambience of those bygone years.

"SS Eliza Hobson" was purpose built in 1996 as a steam boat of the late 1800's   incorporating all the best features of that era.


Kerikeri Inlet has much to offer and that is what prompted Alan and Sue Lambourne to bring their Northern Steamship Company vessel to Kerikeri. The couple operated at the Viaduct Basin in Auckland but the high cost of berthage prompted them to relocate.  The boat steamed from Warkworth to Kerikeri and is now doing trips up and down the Kerikeri River. Alan estimates it is about 50 years since a steam boat plied the Kerikeri River.
The "SS Eliza Hobson"  was purpose built in 1996 as a replica of a late 1800's steam boat.  The kauri and totara vessel has a vertical fire tube boiler and is currently burning waste supplied by Collins Bros Steam Sawmill. The Northern Steamship Company was established in 1881. The company owned more than 120 steamships, serving most ports of the North Island. - Chronicle Feb 2003

New Steamlaunch under contruction for the Kerikeri Inlet.

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