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Land owned by original settlers of Mangawhai for sale after 125yrs

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A waterfront section that is part of the last remaining land owned by descendants of the original settlers of Mangawhai, north of Auckland, has been placed on the market for sale.


A waterfront section that is part of the last remaining land owned by descendants of the original settlers of Mangawhai, north of Auckland, has been placed on the market for sale.

The unprecedented 7.84 hectare land holding, including a private Pohutukawa covered beach, at Estuary Point in Mangawhai Heads was first purchased by the Moirs around 125 years ago.

One of Mangawhai’s main roads is named after the pioneering family who has seen the area transformed from farmland into one of Northland’s most popular holiday destinations.

Lying at the tip of the peninsula with sweeping views over the estuary, sand dunes and ocean, the residential zoned property has been enjoyed by generations as arguably one of the North Island’s best private camping sites.

Bayleys in the North director Mark Macky says waterfront land of this magnitude is seldom available for purchase, let alone in this location.

“The Mangawhai property market is recovering very strongly and demand is high.

“Opportunities of this size and location don’t come up often, so we’re expecting a good response from the market. Being under 90 minutes drive from Auckland is a key factor, and with the Northern Gateway extension to Warkworth, it’s getting even closer,” Mr Macky said.

Potential buyers may look to take advantage of the strong local coastal market and develop the land, or build something special for the family to enjoy for years to come.

Over the last 50 years Mangawhai, with its natural harbour, estuary and white sandy beach, has grown into a haven for holidaying out-of-towners and home to those seeking a coastal lifestyle away from the city.

In the early 1800s, European settlers were drawn to the area to collect Kauri gum and timber, and as a result the bush was slowly replaced by paddocks for cattle and sheep.

Vendor spokesperson Karen Messenger says the property was originally part of a larger parcel of land, owned by her ancestors Johnny and Martha Moir, that became known as Moir Point.

“It was farmed up until the mid seventies and then gardened commercially to supply pumpkins, watermelon and rockmelon to local and Auckland-based supermarkets until the mid eighties,” Mrs Messenger says.

Since then it has been used to graze sheep and beef and is currently a summer camping retreat for the family.

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“We have learned to sail in the estuary, enjoyed swimming, kayaking, water skiing and gathering shellfish throughout the years. It is a place to really relax and unwind.

“We were able to roam free as children and we have been able to let our children experience that freedom too,” Mrs Messenger says.

Mangawhai township now consists of a retail and service centre, a golf course, tavern, a popular weekend market and local studios for painters, sculptors, ceramicists and chocolate artisans.

Boaties have access to good launching facilities so they can enjoy nearby diving and fishing spots including the Mokohinau, Hen and Chicken and Great Barrier Islands. The section is for sale by tender through Bayleys Mangawhai, with offers closing on December 11.

www.bayleys.co.nz/189923

Mark Macky
Bayleys in the North
021 772 711 | (09) 425 7640

Laureen Hayes
Bayleys Mangawhai
021 431 386 | (09) 431 5415

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