Visit Old Devonport Ferry


Tomorrow there is a rare chance to look over an historic Devonport ferry.
The 106-year old wooden former Devonport ferry the Kelstrel has tied up again at Auckland’s waterfront.
Her new berth is by Silo 7 at the western end of Jellicoe St, Wynyard Quarter.

The old Devonport ferry

Waterfront Auckland is running an open day for the Kestrel this Saturday, the first day of the Auckland Heritage Festival. There’ll be a jazz Band playing and you’ll be able to go on board between 11am and 4pom.
There will be another open day the following Saturday 24th same times.

The 39m Kestrel is the last survivor of Auckland’s original harbour fleet. A Tauranga businessman had bought it off Fullers and tried to run it as a restaurant business after the ferry was tied up on the Tauranga waterfront but that business closed a couple of years ago.

The society’s site says the boat was built at Chas Bailey & Sons boatyard in Auckland and launched in December 1905 , the second of the Albatross class of double-ended passenger ferry steamers intended for the Devonport service.

There is also an All Black connection to the ferry. When the victorious All Blacks arrived back from their 1905 tour the Kestrel carried them form their liner to a civic reception.

Kestrel Preservation Society

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  1. Jon Reeves says:

    I hope there are plans to return it to it’s original state. Did they take out many seats when it was turned into a restaurant?

    Auckland should get behind saving the SS Toroa as well.


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