Tolaga Bay Wharf


Category
Engineering Work (eg road, bridge, sawmill, dam)

Description

The 660 metre long Tolaga Bay Wharf on New Zealand's east coast, is thought to be the longest wharf of its type in the Southern Hemisphere. This reinforced concrete structure was completed in 1929.

The isolated farming communities north of Gisborne had long depended on coastal shipping for the import and export of cargo. By the early 20th century this situation had not changed
significantly and the construction of a local freezing works provided impetus for the construction of a suitable wharf at Tolaga Bay. Therefore, in 1919 the Tolaga Bay Harbour Board was established and they began a 10 year process to see this goal realised.

It was not until 1924 that the contract to build the wharf, designed by Cyrus Williams, was let to Frederick Goodman from Gisborne.



Heritage Recognition
This place has been recognised by Heritage New Zealand as a Category 1 historic place (List no.3516):
Tolaga Bay Wharf:
New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero information (www.heritage.org.nz).


Reference:
Karen Wrigglesworth, 'A Ferro-Concrete Original,' e.NZ, Vol. 11:6 (November/December 2010), pp.35-36. See attachment below


Attachments

e.NZ Magazine Vol.11.6 (Nov Dec 2010) pp.35-36.pdf

Location

Wharf Road, Tolaga Bay



Region/s
East Coast

Access Info
Travel north from Gisborne on State Highway 35. The intersection with Wharf Road is south of Tolaga Bay township, and Tologa Bay Wharf is at the end of that road.

Nature of Engineering
Infrastructure (incl. Road, water, ports)

 

Tolaga Bay, Gisborne district, 12 May 1976. Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs. Ref: WA-73546-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23184902

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Pier at Tolaga Bay, Gisborne district, 12 May 1976. Whites Aviation Ltd: Photographs. Ref: WA-73545-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/22411204

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Lat: -38.3829 Long: 178.3185