It's full steam ahead for a long-running project to restore a vintage ferry and create a unique steam-themed tourist attraction in the Bay of Islands.

For the past nine years the steam boat Minerva has been undergoing painstaking restoration by a band of volunteers who meet every Friday on Cobham Rd.

The Kerikeri Steam Trust project has stalled at times — once due to a dispute over how the restoration should be done and at what pace — but with the structural work now all but complete the next phase, installing the boiler and twin steam engines, is finally about