His­tor­i­cal Port Al­bert

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The tiny vil­lage of Port Al­bert is about 10km north­west from Wells­ford on the Oru­awharo River. It holds great his­tor­i­cal sig­nif­i­cance for the de­scen­dents of the Al­bert­land set­tlers. It was to be a cen­tre for the non-con­fir­mist church set­tle­ment spon­sored by the Al­bert­land Spe­cial Set­tle­ment As­so­ci­a­tion that was set up in Birm­ing­ham, Eng­land, in 1861. In Oc­to­ber 1862 the sail­ing ves­sels Hanover and Matilda Wat­ten­bach ar­rived at Auck­land with the first set­tlers, who went by var­i­ous routes to land sur­veyed around the Ara­paoa, Ota­matea and Oru­awharo Rivers. About 3000 Al­bert­landers had ar­rived in Auck­land by 1865 but af­ter hear­ing sto­ries of ex­treme hard­ship suf­fered by those that had set­tled in Port Al­bert, most de­cided to re­main in Auck­land. More im­mi­grant ships fol­lowed but iso­la­tion and dif­fi­cul­ties of ac­cess hin­dered the set­tlers progress and the orig­i­nal plans for a town­ship at Port Al­bert were aban­doned. But dur­ing the late 1800s, Port Al­bert had two stores and two board­ing­houses as well as its Methodist Church and town hall and was reg­u­larly vis­ited by steam­boats com­ing up the Kaipara Har­bour from He­lensville. To get there take State High­way 16 at Wells­ford then turn right on to the Port Al­bert Wells­ford Main High­way. Fol­low this road un­til you come to Wharf St. At the end of Wharf St there’s pub­lic toi­lets, a chil­dren’s play­ground and park­ing for boat­ies.

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