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New town-centre and commercial property unveiled for Mangawhai

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Plans have been unveiled for one of the biggest coastal township commercial developments in New Zealand’s history.


With sites to contain a light industrial business park, national brand supermarket, retail shopping centre, retirement village and residential enclave.

The 130-hectare development is set to transform the sea-side township of Mangawhai just north of Auckland over the coming five to 10-years, and will be staggered over multiple stages.

The mixed-use location is to be known as Mangawhai Central and is to be built on land previously operated as a sheep and beef grazing block.

A conceptual overlay plan for the site - which sits adjacent to Molesworth Drive right between Mangawhai Village with Mangawhai Heads – has been unveiled to the public showing proposed land use options at Mangawhai Central with 16 light industrial sites within the masterplan now being marketed for sale.

Stage one will feature the creation of a supermarket (size as deemed appropriate for Mangawhai), a bulk retail outlet, a light industrial precinct, childcare amenity, and petrol station. Bulk earthworks on this phase are expected to begin shortly.

Stage two will then commence – with construction of the town centre precinct containing boutique and neighbourhood retail premises, and retirement village zones.

Future stages of Mangawhai Central will see development of residential zones within the mixed-use community with the potential for various density configurations.

Stage one, comprising 16 industrial sites within the masterplan of Mangawhai Central are now being offered for sale by negotiation through Bayleys in the North Commercial salespeople Henry Napier, Jan Hutcheson and Steve Orr. Bayleys are marketing the sites which will offer a fully serviced property suitable for a range of light industrial activity once completed.

The sites being marketed for sale feature:

• Lot 1 encompassing 7,594 square metres of land - drafted to contain a 627 square metre childcare facility, a 156 square metre café.

• 13 individual lots allocated for the construction of light industrial premises – with the landholdings ranging in size from 2,235 square metres up to 4,450 square metres.

• Lot 15 encompassing 10,200 square metres of land - drafted to contain a bulk retail premises of approximately 2,475 square metres supported by parking for 120 vehicles and separate delivery truck access, and

• Lot 18 encompassing 3,491 square metres of land - drafted to contain a full-scale 300 square metre service station with access to and from the existing Molesworth Drive.

“Mangawhai Central, as its name suggests, is equidistant between Mangawhai Village which sustained the original township in the area, and Mangawhai Heads with its newer residential component overlooking the estuary mouth, and more ‘beachside’ retail components, catering for the high volume of holiday makers who visit the area annually,” said Bayleys in the North director Mark Macky.

The allocation of a supermarket and supporting infrastructure is shown on the Mangawhai Central masterplan.

Mr Napier says the commercial component of Mangawhai Central will deliver desperately needed industrial and retail premises that local businesses have been asking for.

“With the commercial hubs at both Mangawhai Heads and Mangawhai town relatively constrained by lack of available land, Mangawhai Central will alleviate growth-pressure by offering brand-new commercial premises and amenities in a greenfield location being planned not just for the next five or 10 years, but for the next 30-years plus.”

Kaipara District Council’s A Bright Future long-term planning report published earlier this year identified that Mangawhai was the fastest growing town within the region – with the resident population increasing by some 3,000 residents over the coming 10 years, and annual peak-holiday season numbers skyrocketing by 8,000 over the same time-span.

Ms Hutcheson said the business infrastructure at Mangawhai Central would accommodate that population growth – as well as servicing the needs of residents at Lang’s Beach and Waipu to the north, and Wellsford and Kaiwaka to the west.

“This is a long-term project which will be rolling out steadily for at least the next five years, and will see commercial activity growing and shifting to the district,” she said.

The Mangawhai Central project planning and subdivision is being undertaken by Auckland-based and privately New Zealand-owned company Viranda which has substantial interests in commercial property investment, property management of over 400 buildings throughout the country, and real estate development.

Viranda Partners is simultaneously undertaking management of two development projects in Flat Bush, Auckland (Northridge Estate) and a boutique town centre on the foreshore of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown (Homestead Bay).

Northridge Estate has recently completed stage one and currently for sale are 39 lifestyle sections from $799,000 and stage two comprising of 550 residential sections with earthworks starting imminently.

Homestead Bay stage 1 is made up of unrivalled lifestyle sections with lots ranging from 1Ha net through to 2.49Ha with unobstructed views of Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables and Cardrona. The remaining five lots that are currently available for sale are from $3,250,000.

Furthermore, the development has future stages that include 450 residential apartment units with associated retail and amenity-focused activities, with a public marina soon to be constructed. Homestead Bay will be completed with the supporting infrastructure and density for a further 200 residential standalone sections.

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