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Paeroa Steam Up

at the

Historical Maritime Park

Easter Weekend      30-31 March 2024

Join us for fun-filled days in conjunction with the Auckland Steam Engine Society and NZ Maritime Museum – vintage boats, cars, engines

Gates open at 10:00 each day

Gate closed with last entry at 3:00 p.m.

Boat rides start at 11:30 running throughout the afternoon (bookings not required)

Park Entry:

Adults $8.00

Children (5+) $5.00

Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) $20.00

Boat rides $10.00



SS Puke coming to the park – see more information below

Welcome to Kotare safely in the water at Maritime Park

Directions and Parking

Finding us is easy:

Paeroa is on S.H. 2 centrally located in the Auckland-Hamilton-Tauranga triangle.

Our address is: 6894 Puke Road, SH 2, Paeroa.


There is plenty of parking in the Park grounds. Off S.H. 2 turn into Hubbard Road and then immediately left towards the Ngahina Wharf. Follow the sign left into the Park and drive under the Puke Bridge to the central parking area.

The entry gate for tickets and entry into the grounds is only a short walk from your car park.


SS Puke

Your opportunity to see SS Puke at the Historical Maritime Park Steam Up Easter weekend.

HMP recognises the support of New Zealand Maritime Museum.

SS Puke


SS PUKE, the NZ Maritime Museum’s steam launch, is thought to have been a tender in the Kaipara logging trade, built by E. Thompson and Son at Aratapu, towards the end of the 19th century. She is typical of the small craft used for local transport on the Kaipara and other Northland harbours and rivers.In 1977 she was salvaged from the Tamaki river and had a steam engine and boiler installed. She worked for several years on the Waihou and Ohinemuri rivers from Paeroa and on the Mahurangi from Warkworth. In 1988 she carried passengers across the Brisbane river for the six months of the Brisbane World Expo. Puke was built of kauri and planked in two skins, the inner diagonal and the outer fore-&-aft. The plumb stem and counter stern and large propeller are typical of launches of the period.

In 1993 a major rebuild was carried out by the Boat Yard at Hobson Wharf. She was purchased by the Union Steam Ship Company in 1989 and then donated to the New Zealand Maritime Museum.

SS PUKE can be seen steaming around the Viaduct Harbour on selected weekend trips as part of the Museum’s heritage fleet. She is available for charter for special occasions and has attended many wedding parties as a memorable alternative to modern transport.

For more information about the SS Puke go to:

Historical Maritime Park and Museum, Inc.

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