A 320-hectare former forestry block sitting alongside the Te Araroa walking trail – with consented plans for the creation of a 29-lot residential subdivision – has been placed on the market for sale.
This spectacular property has an approved resource consent running through to 2030 allowing for an 11-stage development of 29 sections – 25 designated as rural residential, and four defined as being ‘larger rural lots’. The potential creation of the subdivided sites has been achieved by utilising the four current tiles, protecting existing mature native areas and native bush regeneration.
Located some nine kilometres from Warkworth, the property at Matthew Road is being marketed for sale by tender (unless sold prior), closing on 29th June, through Bayleys Warkworth. Country property specialist John Barnett said the property’s sheer size, scale, views, and bush areas – along with the consented subdivision plans already in place – would attract a wide buyer dynamic.
“We believe the property will be attractive to a variety of different buyer groups – lifestyle developers looking to utilise all or part of the existing subdivision consent, those with tourism operations intentions, or individuals looking for a ‘trophy’ rural block or ‘weekend getaway’ to fulfil their personal lifestyle or outdoor recreational pursuits,” said Barnett.
“The property benefits from outstanding views – from Whangarei Heads in the north, across to the outer reaches of the Hauraki Gulf over to Little Barrier and Great Barrier, and down to the lights of Auckland.”
Barnett said the property’s topography was predominantly of a medium-sloped to steep hill contour – with multiple potential building platforms located off the various ridgelines on flat to undulating sites.
“The building platforms range in size from 0.5 – 1.7-hectares on the 25 rural residential sites, and from 7.8 – 83.3 hectares on the four larger rural sites. Most sites are elevated – providing spectacular sea and rural countryside views,” he said.
“There are already some 4.7 kilometres of formed metal roads, providing access to much of the block. In addition, there is a multitude of off-road tracks crisscrossing the property. These have been used for the likes of horse riding, mountain biking, and motor-X riding.”
“Under the current subdivision design concept plan, much of the former logging roads would form the basis of the developments road network.”
The block is located beside the continuous 3,000-kilometre-long Te Araroa trail running from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Track walkers – along with the environmental attractions – provide the new owner with the additional potential of creating an ‘eco’ lodge-style or commercial accommodation provider.
“Subject to any additional council approvals, the guest accommodation could be built on the multiple residential building platforms identified in the development consents. This could also see the establishment of a helicopter landing pad to cater for guests, especially given Auckland is only a 15-minute fly time away,” said Barnett.
“For the ‘hunter-gatherers’ out there looking for somewhere within an hour’s commute of Auckland, there are plenty of wild fallow deer, pigs, and goats roaming freely across the property, not to mention those wishing to take advantage of the local honeybee population buzzing around.”
“The raw and natural landscape is like a scene from the Hollywood movie Jurassic Park (without the dinosaurs) with two spring-fed waterfalls cascading over 30-metre-high rock faces located within the property’s lush bushland,” said Barnett.
“The property’s privacy, potential, stunning views, array of outdoor activities, and close proximity to Warkworth, Matakana and Auckland’s spawning population make this a rare find. There is nothing else out there in the marketplace that’s comparable. Given the vendor’s clear intentions to sell, I would suggest giving me a call to organise a viewing before it’s too late, and it’s gone,” said Barnett.