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Free public heritage tug tours

Free public heritage tug tours

Ports of Auckland is offering the public free tours of the Waitemata seaport on heritage steam tug boat, the William C. Daldy.

The hour-long Saturday tours are running during Auckland Heritage Festival on the 17th and 24th of September and 2 October at 10 am, 12 noon and 1 pm.

The family-friendly tours, which leave from Princes Wharf, will cruise through the inner harbour and commercial wharves, providing a close-up view of port operations and the Rugby World Cup 2011 activity on Queens Wharf.

The trip will also include a special stop at the Auckland Harbour Bridge, where the William C Daldy proved its might salvaging a piece of the bridge during its construction in 1958.

Built in 1935, the William C Daldy was one of the Auckland port’s first tug boats, and worked welcoming and departing ships on the Waitemata Harbour for more than 40 years.

Bookings are essential - phone 0800 AK PORT (0800 25 7678).

The tours are free; however, a gold coin donation to the William C Daldy Preservation Society is appreciated.

For land-lubbers, you can also follow the Red Fence Heritage Walk in your own time. Brochures can be downloaded from www.poal.co.nz.


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