Port Albert wharf

Detour to Port Albert

Several times a year I travel from my home in Kaikohe to Auckland to visit family. On the way, I pass the road to Port Albert. For years I have intended to detour there to have a look at the settlement and take some photos but have always been too focused on getting to Auckland or getting home on the return trip.

I had a bit of spare time on the most recent trip to Auckland so finally made the detour to Port Albert. 

To say the least I was a bit disappointed as since it is one of the oldest settlements on the Kaipara Harbour I hoped to find some lovely old houses to photograph. Instead, I found mostly fairly modern houses, some not even finished landscaping around the new house.

At the end of the road, there is a wharf and quite a nice reserve which would be good for a picnic and is okay for freedom camping. On the way out of Port Albert I saw, and photographed, an old boat anchor that was beside the driveway into a house.

I may not have given Port Albert a really good look around and there may indeed be some nice old houses there but I didn’t see them. Perhaps the clue is in the sign where it says that the original plans for a township were thwarted.

There is not much detailed information about Port Albert on the internet, but I found this from the New Zealand Electronic Text Collection – Cyclopedia of New Zealand 1902 – to be of some interest.

Port Albert sign
Port Albert sign
Port Albert wharf
Port Albert wharf
Port Albert wharf
Port Albert wharf
Port Albert reserve and camping ground
Port Albert reserve and camping ground
Old ships anchor at Port Albert
Old ships anchor at Port Albert

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