Takapuna Boating Club – Sir Peter Blake Parade

Takapuna Boating Club

The Takapuna Boating Club started in 1914 on the shores of the Shoal Bay as the Bayswater Boating club and shortly after the First World War was re-established as the Takapuna Boating Club when a decision was made to erect a club house.

An old tannery building in Panmure was purchased. Over several weekends Club members demolished the building and barged all the timbers to Bayswater where they immediately set about building the magnificent building which still stands today. In 1926 the site on which the club house stands was gifted to the Club by Act of Parliament. A swimming pool that flushed with the tide was established on the seaward side by the then Takapuna Borough Council.

The Takapuna Boating Club operated from this club house until the late 1960’s hosting a number of major regattas in Shoal Bay and it is still used by the club as a sailing venue for learners and, when the tide is appropriate, for regattas.

It is now recognized as a historic building on both the North Shore City’s Heritage Register and the Auckland Regional Council’s Coastal Plan and the club is working towards its restoration.

Read more on the History of the Bayswater Club

Urban myth states that this building is haunted. The rumours I’ve heard thus far, date way back at least a couple decades. Though at present are still just vague handed down local anecdotes and hearsay, lacking any detail or evidence.

 

By Mark Wallbank

Paranormal Investigator and Founder of Haunted Auckland. I have been a mad researcher of everything Paranormal, Extraterrestrial and Crypto-zoological, since early childhood. When not creating electronic music, watching Horror movies and documentaries, archiving and documenting NZ’s diverse and eclectic music history, I have spent countless hours investigating and furthering my research out in the field, either as part of a group or solo, since the early 80′s. I’ve spent much time in opportunistic investigations whilst travelling around New Zealand and Internationally.

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