Waiheke Island Historical Society

P O Box 206, Ostend, Waiheke Island, New Zealand

The First Annual

Over seventy people braved a chilly, blustery afternoon to attend the Finish Line Party at the Woolshed Museum on Sunday, 30 September 2007. Winners were announced for the Waiheke Island Historical Society’s Great Waiheke Heritage Scavenger Hunt, held over the weekend to mark the Auckland Heritage Festival.

The 4:00 deadline saw 24 Scavenger Hunt questionnaires handed in, mostly by family teams. First place went to Jenness and Al Reeve, who scored an impressive 29 out of a possible 30 points. The Reeves took away a $150 gift certificate for Cable Bay Vineyards. Al Reeve also won the award for best sculpture with his recyclable humanoid.

Second prize, a $60 voucher for Bliss on the Beach, went to Roz Tayler; third place winner Mary Richards took a $40 voucher for the Lazy Lounge; and $20 vouchers went to fourth-place winners Bella and Jacqueline Joseph, along with the appropriately-surnamed wild-card prize winner, R. Wylde.

The crowd celebrated the winners in superb style with sausages from the Village Butchery and buns from the European Bakery. Other island businesses supporting the event included Gulf Photography, Four Square, and Take Note. The Waiheke Library and the Ostend Market also provided logistical support.

The Woolshed Museum took the opportunity to inaugurate several new displays in Keane Cottage, a 1940s-style bach on the museum grounds, and announced a drive for the renovation of Goodwin Cottage.

The original web page for the Scavenger Hunt appears below.

The Waiheke Island Historical Society will sponsor a scavenger hunt on 29-30 September to mark Auckland Heritage Week. The Great Waiheke Heritage Scavenger Hunt will require contestants to respond to 30 questions and tasks about Waiheke. Knowledge of our natural, social, cultural, and historical heritage will be most helpful to those who take up the challenge; so will Googling skills, the Waiheke community library, Waihekepedia, and plain old on-the-street research. Questions will vary in difficulty, and it is not expected that the winner will have answered them all.

Some sample questions:

What business is now operating on the site of the first free tearoom of Waiheke?

In which public park can one find a giant feather in stone?

Which beer was named after a ferry?


All prizes have been donated by Waiheke businesses, and we would like to thank them all: Bliss By the Beach, Blue Lavender, Cable Bay Vineyards, Copy Expresso, European Bakery, Four Square, Ideal Electrical Supplies, Island Arts & Crafts, Lazy Lounge, Oneroa Pharmacy, Photoshop, Placemakers, Rock Gas, Take Note, Village Butchery, Woolworths.


The questionnaire will be released at 10:00 on Saturday morning, 29 September. It will be available at the Ostend market, the library, the Waiheke Historical Museum, and the Woolworths/Placemakers shopping centre, as well as online (see below). The completed questionnaire must be handed into the Museum (at 165 Onetangi Straight) by 4:00 on Sunday the 30th. A finish line party and sausage sizzle will begin at 3:00, with announcement of the prize winners expected by 4:30. Contestants must be present at the Museum to win.

The sausage sizzle will feature meat donated by the Village Butchery in Oneroa and buns provided by the European Bakery in Ostend, and therefore will be of a high quality.

The following links will not work before 10:00 AM on Saturday, 29 September 2007.

Rules and tips for the Great Waiheke Heritage Scavenger Hunt

Download the Great Waiheke Heritage Scavenger Hunt questionnaire — now with the answers!