Musick Point - Happenings - Weddings & Functions Information
|Lord Ranfurly fishing at Musick Point.
The lifeboat came
from HMS Powerful.
Photo donated by G Fairfield, 1905.
1st January 1920:
This scene of Bucklands Beach shows Little Bucklands Beach, with the tree covered hill in the background. This has since been changed to housing. The road is better quality and the vehicle traffic has changed too. It can be seen there are small batches (Crib's), above the road. Being New Year's Day there must have been a great picnic being prepared with many friends.
|One of the less savoury
aspects of the station's history is noted in court records. It appears
that the area was one of haunts of "Mr Asia", the drug
baron who is alleged to have done some of his dealing in the car park,
with a lookout at the main gate to alert the dealers for the approach of
the police. CB was apparently used for communications. I am told this is
one of the many reasons why the gate is closed at night.
Closure of ZLD:
Looking at the plans of Musick Memorial Radio Station, which were
certified by the architect, John Blake-Kelly, many details of the
gardens, walkways and shrubbery bear little resemblance to the state of
the grounds today.
The sealed roadway from the entrance is described as being 13 feet wide, with a 3 ft concrete path down each side, bordered by a 6 ft wide flower bed with a large gap near the centre. Behind this was a 16ft wide bed of native shrubs, with an 18ft grassed walkway between this and another row of native shrubs, which was intended to encompass the whole area in the form of a small hedge. A walkway was provided across the planted area for access from the main lawns on either side to the driveway. The courtyard hedge originally had four gaps, instead of the present one on each side. The distance from the “front” (the northern wall) of the building to the centre of the walkway is 200ft, and the area from here to the front gate is another 305 ft.
The areas behind the rock wall in front of the courtyard were originally planted with flowers and shrubs, as were the narrow grass strips in front of the building, and the beds which are positioned right around the building. There is no mentioned of any planned tree planting on the northern (seaward) side of the building.
Where there are now tall trees, the original design called for trimmed native shrubs, interspersed with colourful flowering plants, so that from the grassed areas of the antenna paddocks the station would stand out over the foliage and the gardens. At present the trees overhang the driveway to such a degree that the building entrance is almost obscured from view, and from the old DFsite on the golf course the building is barely visible.
On a more positive note, the many Pohutukawa trees on the cliff edges produce a brilliant display of flowers in summer, and the Agapanthus, although invasive, also makes a colourful sight when in flower. The best kept areas at present are the lawns and the hedge around the courtyard. The building is showing signs of neglect, still requiring attention to cleaning and painting, and removal of rust from the window frames.
It would be great to have the station and surroundings restored to the original plan. Hopefully this could happen before too long if proposed plantings and tidy ups are implemented.
The station was visited by a group of MG Enthusiasts - here are their vehicles
lined up outside the main entrance - very impressive.
Saturday 26th November 2005 (extract from the NZ Herald Property Section)
Being English by birth but
"a Howick girl" by choice, Marion Jackson loves showing off her new
Musick Point on a sunny day is
high on our list and having to drive through the middle of the golf course to
get to there always surprise's our guests. The views are truly breathtaking and
provide a wonderful perspective of where we live in relation to the rest of
It's a superb spot for pointing
out the various islands and watching the boats glide past us on the bright
sparkling waters of the Tamaki Strait.
Visitors are delighted when a
stroll through the bush results in a rabbit darting past them, hearing a Tui's
song from high up in the trees and cheeky fantails showing off just out of
reach. We can sit on the benches or the lovely expanses of spongy grass to
absorb our surroundings and relax in the warm sun.
Producing a selection of
delicious treats from a picnic basket never fails to impress overseas visitors
and definitely adds to the whole magical experience of a visit to Musick