Vil­lage life at the beach

Prop­erty Weekly kicks off the new year by re­sum­ing our se­ries fea­tur­ing the sub­urbs of Palmer­ston North and out­ly­ing towns. Sue Emeny vis­ited the beach­side haven of Hi­matangi.

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With a long, sandy beach, the largest sand dunes in New Zealand and stun­ning sun­sets, Hi­matangi of­fers the per­fect life­style. The lo­cals say it’s the only beach in Manawatu, but they don’t mind shar­ing it.

The town­ship has a pop­u­la­tion of about 600, which swells to sev­eral thou­sand dur­ing the hol­i­days.

Just 34 kilo­me­tres west of Palmer­ston North it’s within easy com­mut­ing dis­tance.

It has a well-stocked store that also serves as a post shop, a cafe, a surf club, a club and restau­rant, a com­mu­nity hall and a hol­i­day park.

Health clin­ics are held in the hall four days a week and pri­mary school are bussed to Oroua Downs School and sec­ondary pupils to Manawatu Col­lege in Fox­ton.

Res­i­dents are varied, rang­ing from ar­ti­sans, com­muters, first-home buy­ers, week­enders and re­tirees.

Once a year Hi­matangi is over-run

Park. with mo­tor­cy­clists, as it’s the start­ing point for the an­nual Woodville Lions Coast to Coast mo­tor­cy­cle ride to

Per­fect spot:

With a long sandy shore, Hi­matangi Beach of­fers plenty of space for ev­ery­one.

Pop­u­lar spot: Hi­matangi Beach Hol­i­day Aki­tio. This is an event that will this year be run for the 20th time and has raised more than $110,000 for the Palmer­ston North res­cue helicopter.

John Camp­bell of Unique Realty says it’s a great com­mu­nity.

‘‘It’s more of a vil­lage, ev­ery­body knows each other.’’

John had a beach house there for a num­ber of years and en­joyed time spent there.

‘‘It was so good one sum­mer that we stayed there the whole time.’’

Even though he com­muted to work, John says it was still like be­ing on hol­i­day ev­ery day.

Houses range from baches priced at around $120,000 to $400,000 homes.

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