Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society

Tug Lyttelton Preservation Society

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


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.

The Tug 'Lyttelton' Preservation Society 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.

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 and to promote public interest in the vessel.

Use of funds

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

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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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Daphne on 20 Apr 2022
For Ken & the amazing volunteers
Godfrey on 20 Apr 2022
Let's keep the 115 year ole girl operational for future generations to enjoy, because once she's gone she will never return.
John-boi on 16 Apr 2022
Wishing you all the best with the fund raising
Gordon on 22 Mar 2022
We regret cancellation due to coronavirus. Please accept our donation. Gordon Hossack
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Guest Donor on 15 Aug 2020

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