New to our fleet!
We are exited to be adding another classic vessel to our operation. Wairangi is now available for scenic, day, and overnight charters.
If you fancy yourself cruising between bays, beaches, coves and islands, watching the albatross soar, exploring verdant native bush tracks, reading books in the saloon, or even diving in crystal clear waters rich with sea-life (followed by a warm deck shower of course) then a trip aboard Wairangi is for you.
Charters will be fully tailored to each specific group and their particular interests.
Wairangi can cater for groups of up to six people on overnight charters, and groups up to twenty eight for day charters. We suggest our 4 hour day charters, starting from $250 per person – refreshments and snacks are provided on a lovely cruise the skipper can tailor to your interest.
If you are particularly enticed by these ideas – we best suggest you get in touch to make a pre-booking, as we expect Wairangi to be very popular!
The vessel is equipped with a full size double bed athwart-ships in the aft master cabin. The master cabin is separated from the bunk room and even has its own private ‘head’/ensuite. In the bunk room there are five single bunks, the indoor shower and another ‘head’/toilet. The crew quarters are located forward and are separate from the passenger accomodation, giving you the space to enjoy your own private quarters.
Upstairs the galley and main saloon is a comfortable, stylish place to enjoy company, a meal, a beverage, a book and the view out the sizeable cabin windows. Forward of the galley is access to the engine room, the chart table and the wheelhouse.
On deck there is plenty of room to move, sit, relax and enjoy – with a covered seating area aft and open deck space forward.
Historic MV Wairangi
If you are interested in history and/or historic boats then you will find Wairangi truly special as a charter vessel.
She was built in Dunedin by highly esteemed boat builders – Miller & Tunnage – in 1934. Her construction was somewhat unorthodox for the shipyard, as she was the first pleasure craft they ever produced. Their usual specialty was in work boats, pilot boats, tug boats and the like. So rest assured you’re on a very seaworthy and solidly built old vessel. Material/construction – Kauri carvel plank.
In the years following she found herself commissioned as a Pilot vessel for the Lyttelton harbour board, a wardroom in the second world war, again a pleasure boat, a dive charter boat out of Tutukaka, to name a few! We’ll save some stories for when we have you aboard though…
We’re in Ship-Shape!
Going up on the slip in Bluff after a seven day passage from Auckland
A shiny new coat of antifoul applied
Inspecting and cleaning the hull
New paintwork and a bit of puttying
Removing the propeller shaft for inspection
as required for Marine Survey
That'll do fellas, job done...
"Now let me tell you one thing..."
Copper shavings on the workbench
Servicing the Gardener 6L3B while the electricians need the engine room lights off...