Hawke and Bateau Harbours

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Hawke Harbour

This incongruous site is a long abandoned whale oil processing plant. In fact it was burned down over 30 years ago.



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The best place to anchor is in the cove on the west side of Hawke Harbour where these two whale oil hulks are lying.

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Bateau Harbour is another abandoned community. There is a good wharf and anchorage at the head of the harbour.

Unlike many such places, Bateau Harbour is visited frequently by the former residents and the wharf had been repaired.

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I arrived in Bateau Harbour to find a "homecoming" week in progress. There was smoke coming out of many of the chimneys and you could have been fooled into thinking the place was still a living community.

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