Named after the first 'mechanics' or workmen who were employed by the government to build the first houses in Auckland. Auckland's first sawmills, boatyards and a rope walk were located here.
The first aeroplanes connecting New Zealand with the rest of the world in the 1930s were Flying Boats. The Short Solent or Boeing 314 flying boats landed in Mechanics Bay, which was the centre of international aviation for New Zealand until the 1950s. Even after the formation of Auckland International Airport at Mangere in the 1960s, Mechanics Bay was still used by flying boats to the Pacific Islands, for example for the Coral Route to Fiji.
Gradual reclamation completed as late as 1920s and provided the site for the Railway Station and container wharves.