Happy New Year + Kewpie

HAPPY NEW YEAR + KEWPIE

Well good riddance to 2020, while it was a great year for WW, most of us have been impacted in some way by CV-19 and the lock-downs.Fingers crossed that we do not see another wave hit our shores.Now putting all that to one side  – I hope you all saw the new year ‘in’ in-style and are not to dusty today.

We have been mooching around Waiheke Island tucking in out of the wind. Had some stunning days, so are very glad we made the call to head out, otherwise I’d be at home moaning about the weather – sometimes you just have to go 🙂


Todays woody story is the old workboat – Kewpie, did many years on the Waitemata Harbour as one of the legendary – Blue Boats, servicing the inner islands.These days you will find her on Tauranga Harbour doing day trips. So woodys if you are down that way – shop local and support kiwi businesses – take a tour.

Special thanks to Thomas Guthrie for the photos

Input and photos below from Cameron Pollard – KEWPIE was never one of Aucklands “blue boats”. She was part of the well known Fullers Bay of Islands fleet.
Did a stint as a charter boat operating out of Westhaven for a while and also Tauranga.

4 thoughts on “Happy New Year + Kewpie

  1. The Kewpie was named in honor of the legendary Fuller’s Cream Trip Guide – Kewpie. In the summer of 1959-’60 our family spent 3 weeks holidaying in the two story holiday flats midway along the Opua foreshore road. We had a front downstairs flat and each morning would see this old gent with a peaked sailors cap shuffle along to the wharf where he would be picked up by a boat and returned in the late afternoon.
    When we did the cream trip a few days later we realised he was the famous guide. He & my parents became quite friendly and he would call in on returning from work for a cuppa and yarn. One day he took my brother and I with him to work so we did the cream trip twice. We thought he was being very kind but realised much later he more likely given our parents a days break from two energetic 9&10 year old boys. He reminded us very much of our recently deceased grandad who was a woody and wore a similar cap.
    That year Fullers had added a larger boat, the ‘Kewpie II’, to their fleet.

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  2. Merry 2021.
    KEWPIE was never one of Aucklands “blue boats”.
    She was part of the well known Fullers Bay of islands fleet.
    Did a stint as a charter boat operating out of westhaven for a while and also Tauranga.

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