Ruapani

RUAPANI
Woody Dean Wright uncovered the above photo of Ruapani that appeared in a book on Lake Waikaremoana and that woodys is where the track stops. A quick google search tells us Ruapani was a chief of the Māori in Tūranganui-a-Kiwa in the 15th and 16th century. 

Given the life raft, maybe she is in charter on the lake.

Any southern woodys able to enlighten us on this rather fine looking launch?

Harold Kidd Input – Built by B.J.L.Jukes, Balaena Bay November 1929 for the Tourist Dept with a 40hp Thornycroft (Empire Preference) petrol engine.

6 thoughts on “Ruapani

  1. Built by B.J.L.Jukes, Balaena Bay November 1929 for the Tourist Dept with a 40hp Thornycroft (Empire Preference) petrol engine.

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  2. Ruapani was the government tourist boat based on Waikaremoana during the time a government tourist hotel operated at the lake. She was later bought by Ken Menzies, at the time a surgeon in Gisborne, who subsequently moved to Wellington and had Ruapani transported there. Glad to hear she is still in such good shape.

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  3. Alan

    During the 1980s and 1990s I think that Ruapani was based in the Marlborough Sounds and would occasionally come across to Wellington. She looked much like your photo but the aft cockplt had a bimini arrangement with side clears. At that stage it was owned by a Wellington surgeon, Ken Menzies. I havent seen her in Wellington for 20 years or so.

    I enjoy reading your blog – keep up the good work.

    Richard Martin

    Richard Martin 4 Baring St, Oriental Bay Wellington…021 849980…04 3849510 Sent from my IPad

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  4. Trinidad rafted up a couple of times with Ruapani on a mooring (as one does in the Sounds) during our first venture south back in 2005. A lovely boat, lovely owners.

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  5. Regarding my remarks below, Ruapani remains as she is in the above photo. I glanced at it in the twilight of the dawn and didn’t notice much more than the hull, duh.

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  6. Ruapani is owned by Ken Menzies of Wellington. She’s moored on pier 8 in Picton and with a recent repaint is looking splendid. I’ll take a photo next time I’m passing as she has had some sympathetic alterations done since the above photo was taken.

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