NZ Historic Ships
A database of historic New Zealand Ships and Boats

Te Aroha
1909 by TM Lane & Son Ltd, Totara North, Auckland
Original owners
Wairoa & Mohaka steamship Co Ltd, Napier
Present owners
Aotea Shipping Co Ltd, Auckland
Auxiliary schooner
104.65 gross
L 86.4ft/26.33m; B 24ft/7.31m; D 6.4ft/1.95m.
Original use
Coastal cargo
Present use
Cargo and excursion passengers from Auckland to Great Barrier Island
Contact Details
Contact name Avon Curel, Curel Cruises
Address 3A Lorne St, Dargaville
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Worked on the coast for many years, over 40 of them in Cook Strait. When withdrawn from service, went to Auckland where she has operated for various owners carrying cargo and passengers in the Hauraki Gulf

After operating ecology tours to Hauraki Gulf islands for fifteen years, increased berthage charges in Auckland (caused by her being displaced from her former berth due to America's Cup construction work in the Viaduct Basin) compelled Aucklanders Mike and Dee Pigneguy , co-owners of the 30-metre Te Aroha, to sell her. Purchasers of the old vessel were Kaipara couple Avin and Donna Curel, who based Te Aroha at Dargaville to operate tours of unexplored sandy beaches in the Kaipara Harbour, with a particular view to affording opportunities for observation of the abundant wildlife in the area. They sailed Te Aroha from Whangarei around North Cape to Kaipara Harbour during May 1999.

Cruises around the Kaipara Harbour depart from Port Albert (9kms West of Wellsford) Pahi.

Conversion factors Feet = Metres x 3.281
Metres = Feet ÷ 0.3048




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