Kaiurunga

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KAIURUNGA – Workboat Wednesday

Kaiurunga is a double ender solid kauri planked launch at 41′ long & built in 1935 by Ernie Lane.

She is an ex-Westport Harbour Board pilot boat. The name Kaiurunga means ‘highest cloud’.  

Rumour has it she has done a lap of New Zealand and often crossed the Cook Straight.  

Zoom zoom is via a 95hp Perkin diesel motor that has her cruising at around 7 knots.  

Her trademe listing (thanks Ian McDonald) tells us her current owner has had her for a year and is unable to finish the project.  While looking a little ‘work-in-progress’ there has been a lot of time & money spent on her & she would make a good low cost live aboard / tiny house-boat.
Home port is Mana, Wellington.

3 thoughts on “Kaiurunga

  1. I currently own Kaiurunga and have been told that Kaiurunga means the navigator not highest cloud and the perkins engine is 120 hp and she will do 12 knots and cruise at 8 knots all day I have also been told she was built with two masts and was not a pilot boat but was used to supply and support lighthouses and their operators,if anyone can provide me with a picture of Kaiurunga when she had the two masts I would be grateful as I want to put masts back on her

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