46 days ago

The Story of Surfdale

The Team from Auckland Museum

Did you know that Surfdale in Waiheke Island received its name via a competition? The winner was awarded a section of land near the beach...

At 8 pence a day on top of a small deposit, a Surfdale section was also promoted as a sound investment – so close to downtown Auckland that “values must go up and up and up”.

Well, they weren't wrong there.

Today, Waiheke Island brings to mind sunny vineyards and beachy weekend getaways. The image of Waiheke as an “island paradise” has its origins in 1920s marketing, but the island has long been desirable even as its character has changed over the past centuries.

As we go into the long weekend and begin to venture further afield again, why not have a read of how Waiheke came to be the place it is today, in this blog about its recent history by our Project Curator, Jane Groufsky.


More messages from your neighbours
1 day ago

Wheelchairs - not required now ?

Kate from St Heliers

We are looking for wheelchairs to send to Vanuatu , for children and adults. This is probably a long shot but if anyone has one they no longer want that would be so good. Thank you

19 minutes ago

Are Wine Tasting on 28th of July

Susan from St Heliers

Ara Three Course Wine Tasting
is on the 28th of July starting from 6:30pm
Gather your friends for fun evening of great food and great wine at Annabelles for Ara wine & food tasting. Our kitchen team lead by Susan has created mouth-watering dishes to match great Ara wines.

$60 per head for three-course dinner matched with Ara Wines.

Prawn + chive wontons with chili oil
Moroccan lamb skewer with mint yogurt
Crispy calamari with lemon mayo

BBQ chicken with steamed rice and bok choy
Filet mignon with mash potato and mushroom sauce
Grilled salmon with pumpkin + spinach quinoa filo and salsa verde

Tamarillo + apple crumble with vanilla ice cream
Creme brulee

To book email us info@annabelles.co.nz or call 575-5239

Excludes any other promotions and vouchers

1 day ago

Things that surprise Kiwis returning to NZ

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
I'm working on a travel story for Stuff about the things that have surprised returning Kiwis about New Zealand. If you have recently returned from overseas or know someone who has, it would be great to hear about the things that have stood out for you, for better or for worse. Whether it's to do with the weather, the cost of things, the public transport, the food, the housing, the people or something else entirely, we'd be keen to hear about it. Please remember that your comment may be included in the article, unless you say you don't want it to be. Thank you.