51 ft alloy hull is quite light even though it is over half an inch
thick. It is braced every metre. She is powered by two 300hp
Caterpillar diesel engines and between these two engines is a 20hp Bukh
diesel which is used for trolling. Although it is a very quiet engine,
much like a sewing machine, it is a big heavy engine for its power
rating. Bukhs are run through to 10,000 hours and then replaced. At
the back is another diesel engine which runs the generator. Waianiwa's six tanks each carry 150 gallons of diesel and she does
23 knots with a top speed of 27 knots.
All the work for the interior was done locally by Bernie Dale. There is
an unusual bar aboard with a 250 foot length of rope wound backwards and
forward around the bar. The beautiful clocks and timepieces come from
Germany. The interior isn't highly polished, instead it has a practical
look about it. A different feature about the main and forward cabins is
that all the fittings are modular. Everything is bolted down with four
bolts and can be taken out through the door. The whole interior could
be removed in a day, only the bulkheads are solid. It would be easy to
refit her or to change the layout.
Five to six thousand people every year enjoy a trip on the lake aboard
the Waianiwa. For many overseas visitors the only opportunity to
taste fresh trout is out of a tank in a restaurant, and a typical day on
the lake would include going ashore for a barbecue after catching a
fish, and a look at the native bush which carries no fears of snakes,
bears or other dangerous animals. Few countries in the world can offer
On the town side of the Taupo harbour there used to be a number of boat
sheds. These sheds were like carparks with the boats being shut up
inside. These boats could be loaded up before being taken out and
access to the sheds was through a door at the back.
One of the two boats kept in these sheds was
Waihora. She was
owned by Mr Tabernacle or "Tabby" as everybody knew him. Tabby moored
Waihora in the second shed from the far end of the harbour
entrance. Tabby lived in Taupo for forty years. He ran a number of
businesses in Taupo including a milk bar and a haberdashery business.
He also ran Waihora commercially in the 1950s and was a Grade A
However, few people knew that Tabby had a unique qualification. At one
time he was the only person in New Zealand qualified to repair Rolls
Royce car engines. Tabby alone of his family came to New Zealand, and
never went back.
He worked in Dunedin and Wellington before settling in Taupo.
was an all-kauri, clinker-built boat. She was run on a Chrysler 6
motor. Earlier on she had had another petrol motor in her. Tabby
looked after this motor as if it was a Rolls Royce engine, even to the
extent of shining up the bearings with Brasso. He took great pride in
looking after the motor and was very fussy. As one person said "It
always looked like a new penny".
Another feature of a trip out with Tabby was the experience of eating
one of his prepared meals. He had the ability to cook three course
meals on the small Primus stove on board and afterwards many would swear
that they had been given a meal cooked in a leading hotel.
Tabby enjoyed life. He was a great story-teller and was never short of
playing a practical joke. Often he would fly the Jolly Roger on the
Waihora and this humorous act was only one of many that Tabby was
Waikare II is a new boat to Taupo. With her immaculate white
hull and beautifully finished Teak interior, she looks in tune with
her sister boat Waianiwa, yet she is used for a different purpose.
She was purchased by Simon Dickie Sporting Adventures to cater for
large parties of tourists, staff functions and conference groups
that want to enjoy a short stay on the lake such as a day's fishing
or an evening's social event. In fact she has been so popular with
fishing parties that she has been turned into another fishing boat.
Waikare II was built in Whangarei in 1972 and was designed as
an inshore patrol boat for the navy. AE Fuller & Sons who ran the
Bay of Islands Charter Company acquired her for cruising to Cape
Brett and through the "Hole in the Rock" trips.
- Carrying up to 65 passengers,
Waikare II was very suited for this workand 2 further boats
of a similar design were built. However the Mt Cook Company
introduced the catamarans with a capacity odf 150 passengers so
Waikare II was n o longer needed and lay little used until Simon
Dickie Sporting Adventures acquired her. They were looking for a
boat suitable as a luxury cruise conference boat that could take 30
to 50 people out for a day's fishing.
Waikare II was sailed down from the Bay of Islands to
Tauranga where she was refurbished extensively. Her hull was
stripped down, sand blasted and repainted including the decks,
combings & keel. A bowsprit and bowrails were put on and the engines
reconditioned. Eight months later in 1985 she was transported to
- In Taupo her interior had a major refit
with the layout altered to give a comfortable saloon seating for up
to 30 passengers. A bar was installed and taek used throughout the
interior to give an immaculate finish. A feature similar to that in
the Waianawa is the one length of rope used to line the front
of the bar. Another feature is the use of modular fittings enabling
them to be unbolted and taken out the cabin door.
- The wheelhose on the
Waikare II originally was set in from the edge of the boat
from both sides. In the refurbishing this was widened to the full
width and the roof extended back over the deck. The deck covers
about a third of the length of the boat and can seat 30 on the
seating which extends round the sides and the back of the boat. This
spacious deck area is often used as a dance floor.
Waikare II is 57'6" long with abeam of 18ft and draws 4'6:"
of water. She is powered by two 333HP V8 71 Detroit 2 Stroke Diesels
which give her a cruising speed of 18 knots. She is skippered by Les
Pardon who was for 20 years a pilot & director of an aircharter
- One of her most popular trips is the
day long cruise to the western bays. Here the tourists can admire
the beautiful scenery, not always seen on the eastern side of the
lake. Much of this area is not accessible but road. With
Waikare II nosed up onto the beach they can enjoy a picnic
barbque and ;possibly have a fish that they might have caught
trolling on the same trip.
- Unlike many cruise boats she has been
designed for comfort so that tourists can enjoy the first class
facilities on board in addition to the beautiful scenery that they
see on their cruise around the shores of Lake Taupo.
Waimarie is the largest fibreglas boat on Lake Taupo. She
was built by Noblecraft Boats in Auckland for her owners, Ken & Ron
Spencer. Finished 12 months ago, she was brought down to Taupo for
commercial hire on the lake.
Waimarie is 35 ft long, has a beam of 12ft & draws 3 ft
in the water. She is a Vindex 350 and was designed by Jim Young. She
is powered by two 110 HP Volvo engines. She has a top speed of
25 knots and cruises at 15-16 knots and as well uses one of
these engines for trolling.
Waimarie's hull is fibreglass, her interior is done out
in teak. One feature of her nicely set out cabin area is the simple
design of this cabin area which is neatly set out and enables
passengers to converse with the skipper while he is running the
boat. The galley is forward in the main cabin and up front there are
sleeping areas in two forward cabins. She also has a flying bridge
which her guests can go up to and enjoy an uninterrupted panoramic
view all around. On a fine clear day they can take in the sun while
enjoying their cruise.
Waimarie can also be driven from the flying bridge.
- Licensed to carry 10 passengers,
Waimarie is used mainly for day cruising and fishing
trips although she can sleep up to 5 people for overnight trips. She
has a toilet & shower.
Both of her owners, Ken & Ron Spencer
have been coming to Taupo for year. Both have boats in Taupo and
used them privately. Their clients are mostly New Zealanders and
others large proportion of Australians and others from all over the
world. A couple of French visitors left an entry in the visitors
left an entry in the visitors' book, "Another couple French spies
after a Rainbow trout.". Two Californian visitors from a the Highway
Patrol and they also entered in the book a comment, "6 takeaways, 2
got aways, fish & trips - Californian Highway patrol".
Wainui was built by Dave Collison and a neighour, Les Olsen, a
former boat builder turned orchardist. They built her on Dave's farm
in the Hawkes Bay in the 1970's during their spare time.
Wainui was a Frank Perlin design. This design was a cross
between the traditional and the modern. Frank Perlin designed his
boats to a middle of the road plan, one that would not date. A
noticeable feature was her very flared hull up front. She has an all
Kauri double planked hull. The interior ia all mahogany finished and
she is powered by a 170 HP Detroit diesel which gives her a cruising
speed of 12-14 mph. She has one large cabin in which she is driven
from. Also in this cabin is a gas stove and a dining area which has
seats which convert into two beds at night. There is a flush toilet
and shower forward of this cabin and up front a smaller cabin which
sleeps 4 in two sets of bunks. She is driven from the starboard side
and there is a small hatch above the driver . On top of the main
cabin there is a small boxlike part of the boat. This in fact a life
raft necessary for survey purposes.