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  The wharf's shed has an attractive conical roof.
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This small wharf will always catch your eye, as it is accessible from the public toilets LOL

No, really? You just walk down to the shore from the Visitor Centre, and there it is. And it is a decorative feature if you take a photo from the swimming beach, as a picturesque shed with a conical roof sits a the end of the jetty.

The wharf is still in use for tourist operations. The Fox II, New Zealand oldest gaffed rigged ketch, starts there for its wildlife cruises and sailing. (Daily at 10.30am and 1.30pm from January until May. Book at Visitor Centre or see: www.akaroafoxsail.co.nz, phone 03 369 7245.)

It is not known when exactly this wharf was built. Estimates are between 1863 and 1865. It is Akaroa?s oldest surviving wharf ? but not the first one. That was the so called French jetty which sat a little further north of Daly?s Wharf.

It is also unknown when the attractive shed on the wharf was built. But it must have been in the mid 1900?s as in a refurbishment in 1913/14 the wharf had a shed with a mono-pitch roof at its end.

The wharf was named after a merchant who ran a shop near the base of the wharf.

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  • Written Jun 5, 2008
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