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Former Kiwi Fern swapping historic beach home for farm life

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Former captain of the Kiwi Ferns, Nicole Anderson, and her husband Mark have placed their beachfront Hokianga property on the market for sale as the couple prepare to realize their...

A Hokianga local, Mrs Anderson (previously Nicole Presland-Tack) helped lead New Zealand Women’s National Rugby League Team, known as the Kiwi Ferns to victory in the inaugural World Cup held in 2000.

The former team co-captain who has also played for the NZ Maori Women’s Rugby League Team and Counties in rugby union, has since hung up her rugby boots. Together with her husband she is now planning to tackle a new, long-held dream – buying a farm.

“We have an opportunity to buy a reasonable size acreage near to where we have shifted in the Waikato. It is a drystock block that needs a lot of improvement, so we need to release the capital from the Hokianga property to do so,” she said.

Mr Anderson had a number of farm lease blocks in the Hokianga and the next step was always to buy, he said.

“That opportunity has now presented itself in the Waikato, so unfortunately the house we always thought we would see our days out in must be sold.”

The couple has placed their secluded waterfront Hokianga property, which is a sought-after rental home, on the market for sale with Bayleys Kerikeri salesperson David Baguley. The property is being sold through an auction process on December 3.

“Koutu Retreat is a beach house style property, bringing together the best of what Kiwis’ love in the summer – sun, space, natural beauty and peace – with all of the modern conveniences,” said Mr Baguely.

“The private and tranquil location is further enhanced by stunning views of the sand dunes and water, and easy access to the beach and related recreational activities such as fishing, collecting pipis, surfing and swimming.

This property encompasses the Kiwi dream.” The property also has historic links. The former timber mill was situated at Koutu Point, where kauri logs were floated down the harbour for processing. Koutu Retreat used to be the site of a large garden where food was grown to feed workers at the mill and a stream that once ran through the property provided water for the community.

Located at 623a Koutu Loop Road, the 8936 site is close to the laid-back village of Opononi, and within easy reach of Kerikeri, Whangarei and Auckland. It has become a popular holiday destination, particularly for those wanting to escape the city for peace and relaxation. There are a number of cafes and other amenities in the vicinity.

Situated down a private driveway, the property is large enough to accommodate 14 guests, the 368 sqm home features six-bedrooms, three bathrooms, a study, self contained flat, large kitchen and dining area, and a four-car garage.

“Outside, there are 40 fruit trees, established trees including pohutukawas, and raised gardens, and a chicken coop, which can be removed. There’s also plenty of room to build a pool or a tennis court.”


“It’s a secluded, private property, with the neighbours located some distance away. The section is big enough to accommodate multiple families without feeling crowded, with nature’s playground on the doorstep.”

Koutu Retreat offered a new owner multiple options including using it as a permanent house, a holiday home, or renting it out to holidaymakers. In addition, as a further income stream there is potential to develop the property as a wedding venue for small to medium-sized parties, said Mr Baguley.

“The property is currently rented out as holiday accommodation through website Bookabach and in the operating year to date it has achieved an income of $45,000. There are also advance bookings through to February, which a new owner could take over.”

He said it has been a sought-after property since being placed on the accommodation website.

The retreat is priced from $290 a night for the first six guests and an additional $25 per adult and $15 per child per night during the peak season.

A caretaker who lives locally, welcomes guests and does the cleaning and looks after the property would be happy to continue to do so for the new owners, said Mr Baguley.

Koutu Retreat is being auctioned on December 3.

For further information about 623a Koutu Loop Road, contact Bayleys Kerikeri salesperson David Baguley on 021 831 440

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