Hikitia Tour

Hikitia Tour

Maritime Archaeology Association of New Zealand (MAANZ) in conjunction with the Maritime Heritage Trust of Wellington (MHT) offer a public tour of the floating crane Hikitia moored at Taranaki Street Wharf.

Hikitia is a working self-propelled floating steam crane built in 1926 and is thought to be the only working steam crane of her type in the world. Onboard the vessel is the MAANZ Conservation Laboratory.

Built and manned by volunteers since 1997 the Lab produces museum standard conservation of artefacts. We know of no other Conservation Lab on an historic ship in the world.

The tour will commence with a briefing, followed by a walk around the ship including viewing the Conservation Laboratory. Tours take about 60 to 90 mins.

Participants must book their place on the tour by emailing ​maritimeheritagetrust@gmail.com​ by 5pm on Friday 30 October 2020. Limited to 10 people

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Booking is required

Location: Taranaki Street Wharf

Cost: Free / Koha towards MAANZ is appreciated

Duration: 60 to 90 mins

Contact: maritimeheritagetrust@gmail.com, 021 618 402

Accessibility: Participants must be able to climb up and down steep internal ladders. Normal outdoor clothing is adequate for the tour but participants need to have sturdy footwear. Hikitia is a ship surrounded by water. Children must be under the care of responsible adults at all times.

Maritime Archaeology Association of New Zealand (MAANZ)

MAANZ role is to provide a voice for our maritime heritage in the areas of research, community awareness and in the promotion of appropriate site investigation procedures.

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