Cruising the Kerikeri Inlet...
Monday to Saturday (weather permitting)

Alan & Sue Lambourne's
Northern Steamship Co. Ltd.
Ph: 09 407 9229

P.O.Box 973

"SS Eliza Hobson" 30 ft steam

Come join us  aboard the "SS Eliza Hobson" 30ft steamboat
for a trip down the Kerikeri Inlet and experience the ambience of those bygone years.

"SS Eliza Hobson" was purpose built in 1996 as a steam boat of the late 1800's   incorporating all the best features of that era.


Certification: The vessel has an MSA certificate to carry 13 passengers plus 2 crew in extended limits East Cape to North Cape, including all other extended river limits areas. An inspection is carried out annually.

Bookings essential to ensure sailings.


Enjoy sounds of our native tui mimicking the whistle!

The Northern Steamship Company was established in 1881 by Captain McGregor and several other steamship owners. Over the period of 100 years the company owned in excess of 120 steamships serving most ports of the North Island. Steam vessels of our yesteryear had no electronic plotters or radar equipment, so skippers relied on the well-known dog bark to guide their ships into fog-bound estuaries.

Kerikeri Inlet has much to offer and that is what prompted Alan and Sue Lambourne to bring their Northern Steamship Company vessel to Kerikeri. It is now running Monday to Saturday from the Stone Store Basin, by arrangement.  The couple operated at the Viaduct Basin in Auckland but the high cost of berthage prompted them to relocate.  The boat steamed from Warkworth to Kerikeri and is now doing trips up and down the Kerikeri River. Alan estimates it is about 50 years since a steam boat plied the Kerikeri River.

The "SS Eliza Hobson"  was purpose built in 1996 as a replica of a late 1800's steam boat.  The kauri and totara vessel has a vertical fire tube boiler and is currently burning waste supplied by Collins Bros Steam Sawmill. The Northern Steamship Company was established in 1881. The company owned more than 120 steamships, serving most ports of the North Island. - Chronicle Feb 2003

Over 6000 people have enjoyed this steam experience!

Read what some of our passengers have said:-

"Very special experience"   Edmonton, Canada

"Smooth runner"   Plymouth, United Kingdom

"A lovely reminder of bygone days"   Kerikeri, New Zealand

"One of our highlights"   Saltspring, Canada

"Slow & serene - a well oiled trip"   Sydney, Australia

"A triumph of marine engineering & old world charm"   Buxton, United Kingdom

"Oh for the old days & personal attention"   Pukekohe, New Zealand