BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM

BACK IN THE DAY WITH LAKES DISTRICT MUSEUM 1000 781 The Flyer Magazine

Tourism on the Bay and Beyond

Excursion launches on Lake Whakatipu have always played an important role in tourism on the lake. They provided commercial back-up to the Earnslaw when it became the sole steamer, but also provided extremely popular day trips for generations of visitors.

The best known were the Thelma and the Kelvin, run by Jock Edgar; and the Muratai and the Moana, run by Horace, and later, Ray Tompkies.

The Tompkies operation ran from 1924 until 1990. They ran two excursion trips daily at 10am and 2pm. The afternoon trip visited Bob’s Cove where the visitors enjoyed a bush walk while the billy was boiled and a cup of tea was made.

“Native bush was the main attraction of our excursion trips to Bob’s Cove… we would land there, and we had facilities for making morning and afternoon tea. People… would go for a walk through native bush… and they would come back three quarters of an hour after, and there would be a cup of tea waiting for them.”
Lloyd Clayton

Simple pleasures maybe, but with a commentary of the history of the district and the engaging characters of the various launches, these day trips were popular for many years.

Lakes District Museum is open every day from 10am to 4pm.

Entries are currently being accepted for the 2021 Ray White Arrowtown Autumn Festival Art Exhibition, a major feature of the museum’s annual events calendar. Entries must be delivered to the museum in Arrowtown by 5pm on April 18. The exhibition will run from April 23 until May 23. Opening and awards night is on Friday, April 23, kicking off at 7.30pm, and everybody is welcome. For details of awards and prize money see the museum website.

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Boat ‘Muratai’ in Queenstown Bay

The Thelma loading people at Frankton jetty

The Kelvin near Glenorchy

Moana at Queenstown wharf, 1969

Photos – Lakes District Museum.