Recreation

A Race Against the Tide

The first white settler in Castlepoint, Thomas Guthrie, encouraged sporting evenings on the beach with the station hands taking part in athletic contests. The hands, all of whom owned their horses, also liked to bet on the relative merits of their horses, and bottles...

Taking a Dip

Masterton’s first swimmers took to the river, the Waipoua River being the most popular swimming site for locals. The first organised swimming sports were held in the river in March 1882, when 200 spectators watched a number of suitably attired gentlemen and boys...