Bayswater on Auckland’s North Shore is the home of one of a handful of boating marinas around the Waitemata Harbour. A stroll around the breakwater presents views of moored pleasure and working craft as well as vistas of downtown Auckland and the Auckland Harbour Bridge. Fishing from the marina breakwater is popular all year round.
At the edge of the Bayswater Marina stands the fading heritage building that was once the headquarters of the Takapuna Boating Club. Built in 1923 of timbers from a demolished tannery, the building was a centre of sailing and social activity until the 1960s. The Bayswater dances were famous in the fifties when the best popular dance bands in Auckland would play to people who gathered from all over Auckland. The steam ferries from the Auckland Ferry Building would deposit people at Bayswater Wharf from where they would stroll a few hundred yards (New Zealand wasn’t metric then) up the hill to the boating club. Time and weather has taken its toll on the old boating club building and it now presents a rather forlorn face to visitors. All is not lost however. Takapuna Boating Club is raising funds and is working with a heritage architect on plans to restore this faded lady to her former glory.
The old Bayswater Wharf now stands empty. Bayswater ferry passengers now catch the multi-hull fast ferry to the City from a new landing at the adjacent marina.
These images were taken in the late afternoon on a cool spring day.
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