Scotts Landing

Location 6 – Scott Point

Nau mai ki (welcome to) Location 6: Scott Point   In the area; points of interest Māori History Land acquisition by the Crown Maunganui  (Casnell Island) The steamer wharf and world famous regatta The Scotts and Scott Homestead the remarkable Rodmersham Homestead; a family dynasty and art collection that could be straight from the pages […]

Location 5 – Ngaio Bay

  Nau mai ki (welcome to) Location 5: Ngaio Bay This commentary explores: In the area: points of interest The Lawrie family and the homestead that once occupied this site  The former Presbyterian summer camp… the ‘orphanage’ Peace, poetry and a touch of nudity The Regional Park and local efforts to restore its flora and […]

Location 4 – Schoolhouse Bay

Nau mai ki (welcome to) Location 4: Schoolhouse Bay This commentary explores: In the area: points of interest The pā site above and middens below Early European settlers in Schoolhouse Bay The Burton Wells years The story of the McElroy homestead across the river Read on to explore the history of the area you see […]

Location 3 – Williams Street

Nau mai ki (welcome to) Location 3: Williams Street This commentary explores… In the area: points of interest Evidence of Māori settlement the Mahurangi Heads School Motukauri (Grants Island) and the graves it may hold the Kaiho and Waihē (Mahurangi Harbour and River) the rise and unspeakable fall of Philip Dyer of Dyers creek Gordon […]

Location 2 – The Community Garden

Nau mai ki (welcome to) Location #2 – The Community Garden This commentary explores the history of…  the organic Community Garden you are sitting in how the historic Village of Mahurangi (now commonly known as Scotts Landing) came about. Key players, quirks and legacies from 170 years ago the Short brothers and how a tragedy […]

Location 1 – The cemetery

Nau mai ki (welcome to) Location #1 – The Cemetery This commentary explores the history of… this old, secluded but treasured cemetery and some of its occupants the modest but beautiful church that stood here for 123 years adjacent properties and farming families; the Andersons and the Lawries the river looking north flat bottomed sailing […]