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.
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
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.