Ariana At The Paeroa Maritime Museum & Park

Ariana At The Paeroa Maritime Museum & Park

Following on from yesterdays story on the weekends journey to and from the Paeroa Maritime Museum & Park, today we shine the light on one of the coolest attractions at the Museum.

The classic wooden 34’ launch Ariana , under the command of skipper and tour guide – Peter Vandersloot, takes passengers from the Museums dock to the town dock in the centre of Paeroa township. The journey takes approx. 55 minutes and passengers normally do the return journey via bus – the trip is very tide dependent, so always check in advance re sailings.

I recommend the ride, for me it was the highlight of the weekend, and we were treated to a good old school – morning tea at the RSA, just so good 🙂

Read more on the trip and the other vessels servicing the route at the link below

Ariana was built by Lane Brothers in Auckland’s Judges Bay in 1923, more about her provenance at the link above.


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The build / launch date of Ariana is unknown but she was formerly a Nelson fishing boat named ‘Glenrowan’. Her current owner purchased Ariana in Picton in 2005, after extensive re-building by McManaways of Picton. She was relocated to Napier, where she still is to this day.
Her zoom zoom is from a near new Perkins Sabre model M225Ti installed 2015, current engine hours are only 25hrs, the Perkins gives her a cruising speed of 9 knots. She is 37’9” in length, with a 10’ beam.
Her trademe listing (thanks Ian McDonald) lists a very extensive inventory.
Can anyone help us got with details on builder > year of launch etc?