Kaiapoi Maritime Heritage Trust

The" Isa Lei", the former pilot boat for the M V Tuhoe has been hoisted into storage so that the body of  the boat can be worked on for repairs. Cradles are being built for the boat so that volunteers can prepare for undertaking the maintenance. 1 March 2017

The MV Tuhoe Rivertown Trust has been renamed 'Kaiapoi Maritime Heritage Trust' and will focus on promoting and protecting Kaiapoi's maritime history. The name change was passed at the Trusts' AGM  meeting on the 7 September 2016. This was registered on 23 September 2016. 9 February 2017

Mayor Expresses Sadness over the loss of M V Tuhoe:  The Waimakariri District Council Mayor David Ayers says the  MV Tuhoe is part of what made Kaiapoi unique and will be sadly missed following the irreparable damage to the vessel from her running aground on Sunday afternoon.

" It has been very upsetting to everyone, particularly the M V Tuhoe Kaiapoi Rivertown Trust, and those closely associated with the Tuhoe over many decades. There are few river towns in New Zealand that would have a vessel of this size docked near their town centre. No one on board wanted it to end this way.It is a sad and difficult time for everyone and the Council extends its heartfelt and full support to the Trust and to all who have crewed her and maintained her over the years" he said.

The M V Tuhoe Kaiapoi Rivertown Trust is now facing the difficult task of watching the vessel being deconstructed and thoughts now turn to the possibilities of creating a feature on land to acknowledge the Tuhoe. Mayor Ayers says that the Council and Kaiapoi Community Board would actively consider this, in consultation with the Trust and the Kaiapoi District Historical Society, as well as the wider community. The Kaiapoi Riverbanks Working Party is already in place, and in recent times the group has focused on development of the Kaiapoi Wharf area. This could be the ideal group to progress ideas to ensure the legacy of the M V Tuhoe is not forgotten.Wednesday 30 September 2015


The MV Tuhoe was an historic schooner that was built in 1919 and was  stationed on the Kaiapoi River wharf. This ship was  secured in 2004 by the M V Tuhoe Kaiapoi Rivertown Trust  to ensure this river icon remained in the town. During the season from October until June the following year the ship regularly sailed the Kaiapoi and Waimakariri rivers. The ship was operated by a valued team of volunteers who willingly give their time to ensure that whoever sailed on it had a most enjoyable experience. When it departed from the Kaiapoi Wharf, you would cruise the lower Kaiapoi and Waimakariri Rivers for a relaxing and peaceful hour. Along the journey you may have seen lots of river activities including fishermen, trampers on the walkway, some bird life, stunning landscape scenes from the mountains of the Southern Alps to Banks Peninsula and also Pegasus Bay.

Apart from the river cruises the ship was hired out for functions and enquiries about those arrangements were made through the Kaiapoi I- Site Visitor Centre.