Four men hold a boat in the water at Long Bay, as two children watch. Photo by Carol Smytheman, circa 1950, Auckland Libraries North Auckland Research Centre, T5108.

The Best Days of our Lives: Holiday Life at Long Bay Motor Camp

FreeAccessibleNorth Auckland

Sunday 8 October, 2pm-4pm


Level 1, Takapuna Library

9 The Strand, Takapuna

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Bookings required

Contact Helen Woodhouse

09 890 4903



Hear and talk about life at Long Bay Motor Camp, a 20th century holiday community in a little known paradise.

As transport, technology and society changed, so did camp life.

Electricity and piped water replaced kerosene lamps and primus cookers. Boating and fishing became popular, as did organised entertainments.

Improvements in the transport system, and the eventual arrival of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, gradually made the journey from the city easier.

This presentation by Auckland Libraries Research Librarian Carolyn Skelton will draw on people's memories of camp life, as recorded in oral history interviews and written documents. It will also be illustrated using photos of the camp and campers taken at various periods.

There will be time to share your memories.

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