Wondabyne > Pakatoa


In Oct 2021 on the BOI historic photos fb page a photo of Wondabyne popped up, posted by Myra Larcombe who commented that the launch was her fathers, and in the top photo above was berthed at Opua during the war years thence the #27 on her.

Then in early Jan 2022, Phil Bull posted the colour photo above of Wondabyne, now named Pakatoa, sitting in a Warkworth paddock. Phil commented that she had been there for a longtime and it looked like, sadly this was her final resting place. Under the name Pakatoa, the vessel was used to ferry passengers between Auckland and Pakatoa Island in the Hauraki Gulf.

In the past on WW there has been robust discussion around whether Wondabyne was actually the launch – Lolita. After reviewing these recent photos and others on file – Nathan Herbert is confident that Wondabyne and Lolita were in fact sister ships. The only visible difference being the Wondabyne had a short tram top, and Lolita a long tram top. Sadly Lolita ‘resting’ on the beach at Russell / Okiato. Refer below photos  

4 thoughts on “Wondabyne > Pakatoa

  1. Nath you are right, but I think the fire needs to come from the belly from a prospective new owner.
    No amount of coxing will compensate for some ones resolve to do it.
    It comes from within.
    I’m glad I did.😀


  2. She is not the ferry Pakatoa ex Tauranga ferry Aotearoa. That vessel is as far as I know burned out on the beach at Matakohe


  3. I agree Ken. NZ’s classics have lasted a long time and been useful and enjoyable along the way, but that is because of good owners. Two bad owners in a row and you’ve killed 100 years of history and forgone future enjoyment of floating art.
    I would suggest that to find a boat like this still with engine, would be more costly/a hindrance than having a nice vacant engine room to put gear in that you can trust.
    May I remind people, that the process of major classic boat work/rehabilitation is actually fun and is a culture and pastime in itself! Costs are high, but they are spread over time and there’s lots of room for others to help out/provide along the way. Much easier to stomach than the sharp outlay and fuel costs of a Rayglass 2500.


  4. So very sad, to see these lovely classics dying, as they are today. I really hope some special person, will take them under their wings, & love & restore them to there former beauty. wonder if they still have an engine? — KEN R


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