Matatara Cob House - off grid retreat (13.3338ha)


137 Matatara Road, Upokongaro

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Matatara Cob House - off grid retreat (13.3338ha)


Built from the earth, a rare and unique sustainable lifestyle dream awaits its next custodian. A labour of love, this two-storey 385sqm home was completed in 2012 to the New Zealand Earth Building Standards. Using one of the oldest building methods on earth it was thoughtfully designed to ensure seamless off-grid solar power operating much like an on-the-grid house.

Cosy in the winter and cool in the summer, the house is spacious with multiple impressive open plan living areas capable of hosting large groups. It features four bedrooms (master with ensuite), a large study, two full bathrooms, a huge farmhouse style kitchen with a New Zealand made Aga style stove, an upstairs cinema, and an internal access double garage. Outbuildings include a hut that could be converted into extra accommodation and a cute little cob chook house.

Set upon 13.3338 hectares, most under QEII covenant as a protected wetland, the environment is wonderfully peaceful. Vibrant birdlife, including some rare birds, and clear night skies to stargaze upon, provide visual treats both day and night.

Opportunities exist to further develop this eco haven and promote environmental awareness, including hosting WWOOFers (Willing Workers On Organic Farms), homestay guests, community groups, school groups and others who are interested in restoring and enhancing this protected wetland area.

Matatara Cob House is located an easy 20 minute drive from central Whanganui and only five minutes to the historic riverside rural township of Upokongaro. For keen cyclists, nearby is the Mountain to Sea Cycle Trail which crosses the Whanganui River, the Aotearoa Cycle Trail, plus Lismore Forest which is popular with local mountain bikers.

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Knud (Kanute) Bukholt

Whanganui

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Karen Bukholt

Whanganui

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137 Matatara Road, Upokongaro

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Knud (Kanute) Bukholt

Whanganui

Licensed under the REA Act 2008

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Karen Bukholt

Whanganui

Licensed under the REA Act 2008

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