Archives for February 2022


Through the years there were a number of steamers and launches which serviced the lighthouses but the NZGSS Hinemoa stands out in the lives and memories of lighthouse families over several decades and remains possibly the best loved ship to ever sail in New Zealand waters. This attractive little ship did work for the Marine Department for the staggeringly long period of 68 years. However, the Hinemoa is virtually unknown to Kiwis today. (not to be confused with the inter-island ferry of the same name which operated from 1946 to 1971 between Lyttelton and Wellington) read more