Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society

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Help us to maintain this piece of history! Our 110 year old steam tug sails the Lyttelton Harbour during the summer months ⚓️

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The tug is maintained and operated by fully qualified and competent Society members as well as by other members who have been able to gain experience in seafaring ways through their membership in the Society. Each year she has to undergo a very stringent survey by qualified surveyors to obtain the passenger certificate necessary for us to operate.

Finance for maintenance and running expenses amounts to many thousands of dollars each year and these are raised solely by the money received from various sponsoring organisations and charitable trusts, passenger fares and charter trips plus a small amount in membership subscriptions.

More about us

The Tug 'Lyttelton' Preservation Society is a non-profit organisation whose aims and objects are to restore and maintain the vintage steam Tug 'Lyttelton' in working order, to promote public interest in the vessel and make it possible for passengers to travel on it by means of public cruises and chartered voyages around the Banks Peninsula area. Society members from all walks of life maintain and crew the Tug on a voluntary basis and membership of the society is open to anyone with an interest in the vessel. We encourage members of the public to visit the vessel at Lyttelton, and to consider helping us to preserve and protect this fine old vessel so that it may be enjoyed by generations to come.

Use of funds

All funds raised will be used to help maintain this piece of history!

Latest update

Full steam ahead!  3 August 2019


We have regained our passenger licence!!

Over the last few years, legislation to operate a passenger vessel has changed, so it has meant an overhaul of our safe ship management systems. This is no small job on a ‘normal ship’ let alone a 112 steam ship! Thanks to our team of dedicated volunteers, this has now all been signed off by Maritime NZ.

So where to from here?

we will return to dry dock this month for a clean down of the hull and fresh coat of paint, so we can hit the ground running for the 2019-2020 year. (Sailing season for Oct-April)

We would like to thank all our supporters for their help over the years, especially to our volunteers who had put in thousands of hours of work in so we would see the old girl back on the water again. This honestly would not of happened without you.

Keep an eye on our page for further updates, fundraisers, ways you can help and special giveaways!

We look forward to having you on all board THIS year!


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Latest donations

  • Mark

    Mark on 19 Aug 2019


    Long may the Tug continue to sail in Lyttelton Harbour. Best Wishes from Mark Edwards


  • Roger

    Roger on 03 Aug 2019


    Very good facilty


  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 17 Jun 2019


    HI Mike Bruce, Hopefully this will work. 5 year membership for Robert Archdale and Christine Rossal


  • Rob Dawson

    Rob Dawson on 01 Dec 2018



    • Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society

      Thank you so much for your very generous donation!

  • James Bennett

    James Bennett on 24 Dec 2017



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