Scott's ferry

Hubby finds interesting places and things to see when we go out for day trips or overnights. I really like learning about the history of New Zealand in small doses like this.


old sod cottage

Considering the fact that the British meaning of 'sod' is demeaning, I had to stop
to look around.
Fortunately, 'sod' is the material that the house is made from!

Hugh Murray built in the 1860s for John McIntosh, as a store and as a stopping place 
for miners heading to the Tuapeka goldfields. 


The Waitangi then and now

My last post was about the Waitangi shipwreck at Patea. 

It had been covered up by black sand for many years and then the wind exposed it for a while, I have photos from 2010 and 2014. 

Well, I made it back to Patea Beach today to see if it was still visible.
The shape of the beach had shifted and you wouldn't even know that there was a shipwreck on the beach at all.

It made me a little sad that it was gone, but I will keep an eye out
for its next appearance.


waitangi shipwreck

This is the wreck of the S. S. Waitangi that sank at the Patea breakwater in 1923. It was covered with black sand for decades, peeking from its resting place on occasion, but being covered again. The winds uncovered it over the last few years but I haven't been to Patea for a while, so I don't know if it's still visible.    Click here for more information.