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Amberley residents and motorists are used to seeing buildings of all shapes and sizes being transported through the village along Carters Road, the local leg of State Highway One.

This was particularly so following the November 2016 earthquake.

But many were stunned to see the Blenheim-based Marlborough River Queen atop a truck, parked in a lay by in Amberley, all day Thursday, before continuing her journey south, destination unknown.