Couldrey House, Wenderholm Regional Park.

Yesterday's Motorways were the Gulf and the Rivers…

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Saturday 30 September - Sunday 15 October, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday 1pm-4pm


Couldrey House

Wenderholm Regional Park, Schischka Road, Waiwera

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Adults: $5
Accompanied children under 16 years: free


No bookings required



Couldrey House chronicles how the means of access to this part of coastal North Auckland have changed over the past 175 years.

For Māori there was the waka, while the early settlers travelled by sailing ships along the coast and up the rivers leading inland.

There was the cutter, like that in which young Robert Graham sailed to Russell in 1842. Sheltered behind the island off Waiwera, Robert saw hot water flowing out over the sands and in due course, bought Waiwera to develop as a thermal resort.

He also bought adjoining Puhoi Beach (later renamed Wenderholm) for his private enjoyment.

Early Aucklanders came by sea to the Waiwera Hotel and sea traffic continued into the mid 1920s, when roads made motor vehicle transport possible.

Sea traffic along the coast, up the rivers to Silverdale, Puhoi, Warkworth and Matakana ceased and cars and trucks replaced the cutters and scows of early days.

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