Toroa carries passengers on the Waitematā harbour. Photo by Hooker Bowden, Stewart Family Collection.

Toroa - Auckland's Last Steam Ferry

West Auckland

Sunday 8 October and Sunday 15 October, 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 2.30pm


Steam Ferry Toroa Restoration Yard (Enter via Hawkins Construction gate)

2 Selwood Road, Henderson

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Entry by koha (donation). Proceeds support the restoration of the Toroa.


Bookings required

Suitable footwear required. Children must be supervised by adults.

Contact Don Henwood

021 201 9560



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 40m, 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.

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