A family owned property situated an easy and picturesque 1 hour drive from Gisborne. Nestled in an exclusive and historically important bay on the gorgeous...
Where is it?
Whangamata has a Mediterranean climate and is well-known as one of NZ's most picturesque and safest beaches. At the northern end of the beach the Moana Anu Anu estuary harbours a new marina and a jetty. The beautiful Otahu Estuary, home to the endangered dotterel, graces the southern beach.It's a wonderful, quiet place and I especially enjoy kayaking there.
My cottage is south-west of the local Surf Life Saving Club; a 7 minute stroll to our 4km long surf beach with its white, pristine sand. (See attached photos). There are lots of other super places to walk and bike.e.g. bush/hills.
The public (9 hole) golf course is but two streets away, and the more challenging 18 hole course is out on the edge of town alongside a newly established cycleway.There are also other facilities such as tennis and squash courts,and croquet and bowling greens. Many of the 86 local clubs welcome visitors. e.g. Bridge, snooker,Ramblers, Rock'in Roll.The township has several specialty stores,including an art gallery, and there is a supermarket down in the light industrial area. I consider my self fortunate to live in a safe neighbourhood and to have responsible, tidy neighbours.
It's usually 1.5 to 2hours drive to Auckland, our main international airport, and a similar distance to the rich farmlands of the Waikato.
Cars may be hired from the airport from $NZ22 per day, and there are some bus services and a door-to-door shuttle available to and from the airport.
Whangamata is a great township in which to experience 'Kiwiana; (e.g the annual Beach Hop; Whanga Week; Run Walk Festival; and the Brits at the Beach Weekend) be it at the height of the resort season, or during the quieter, mild winters.
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