Latest News

July 2019

Great news for the harbour! Click on the link below and see what’s planned. This is going to bring so many people to Lyttelton ⚓️

This month we have also had an article publish in the local ‘Business South’ magazine. The link is below and you will find us on page 4 & 5 🙂


June 2019

A few months ago we put a call out for a graphic designer on our Facebook page and wow we were blown away with the responses! Thank you so much to everyone who reached out to us. What a generous bunch of people you are.

We would like to say a MASSIVE thank you to Margot from Spruce Design + Marketing who has been so generous with her time, skills and resources and has blown away with what she has created for us!

Margot, thank you for taking the time with us, guiding us through different processes, offering advice and helping us with some new branding, you have exceeded all of our expectations!

We can’t wait to show you all what we have been working on!

If you are after any design and branding work Margot is who you need! Check out her Facebook page or website here


April 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?

Easter is normally the end of our sailing season, so we will head into winter to finish tidying up the tug ready for sailing. In the next few months we will return to dry dock 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!



March 2018 // Its been a busy week on the tug! The safety valves have been overhauled by Lyttelton Engineering, and were refitted to the boiler. Stark Brothers have modified our gangway to make access much easier and the funnel cap has been removed. On Sunday for the first time in almost 3 years a fire was set in the boiler and the process of heating the boiler was started! This week we will get steam pressure up and turn the engines over and run the deck equipment. We are not there yet, but it is a massive step forward towards sailing again!

Jan 2018 // Unfortunately there has been a hold up with the last of the repairs and therefore we can not sail this season. Our tug is available for venue hire, tied up at the wharf if you are looking for somewhere unique to hold your function. Please get in touch and chat. 

Thank you for your patience and on going support! 


The Tug Lyttelton is undergoing extended maintenance and will not be operating until Summer 2017/2018

October 2017 // Awesome article on Newshub as we head into dry dock!

September 2017 //We have set up a give a little page to help us keep this piece of history afloat. Here’s the link if you would like to suppport us!

August 2017 // Great article published in the ‘Canterbury Mail’ have a read!–the-group-saving-lyttelton-the-110yearold-steam-tug