The Kestrel Returns Tomorrow

Posted by on Nov 30, 2010 | 5 Comments

The Kestrel

The Kestrel left Tauranga this morning under tow behind the tug “Manukau”.  She is currently north of Tauranga Harbour at present making about 5½ knots heading for Cape Colville.  Engineer on board Dave Skyrme says she does not appear to be taking any water and is towing well with an easterly swell and no wind.

The tow is expected to take a bit over 24 hours so she should arrive in Auckland some time tomorrow morning. She is being berthed on the south side of the harbour, so will not be stopping over in Devonport, but keep an eye out for the ol’ girl on the harbour tomorrow morning.

The newly-formed Kestrel Preservation Society has bought the ferry and hopes it will become a key feature in Auckland waterfront’s future redevelopment plans.

The new owners are hugely impressed at the lengths former owner, Mark Scapens, has gone to maintain the Kestrel’s originality and overall physical condition during their eight years of ownership.  This will contribute enormously to future restoration and maintenance.

Anyone interested in supporting the Kestrel can contact Kestrel Preservation Society at PO Box 171, Warkworth.


  1. She looked great coming up the harbour this morning as the 8.15am ferry headed to town. Hopefully she will be able to ply the harbour soon under her own power. Welcome back…

  2. Gladys says:

    last update as of 5 pm Tuesday was an e.t.a into the Waitemata of between 6 a.m and 9 a.m on Wednesday morning. This is amazing news all Aucklanders need to get behind the preservation project have a look at face book ‘kestrel Ferry Auckland NZ’

  3. Chris says:

    Wonderful News. It will be great to see the Grand Old Lady back on the Waitemata.

  4. GB says:

    Goes and looks up my author signed copy of Waitemata Ferry Tales by Sally Fodie, has some really interesting stuff on ferry travels AND trouble some Devo residents use to cause. 🙂
    I still remember when in my early 20s being on one of the last crossings the Kestrel did to Devo circa 1994.

  5. GB says:

    Yes ed,
    isn’t this exciting news and about time too the Kestrel came back home where she belongs!
    C’mon Devo get behind and view this spectacle as she, the Kestrel, goes past Devo tomm morning!
    Got the email today as well from Hugh, exciting stuff! 🙂

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