Waterside paradise for close-knit community
Ten minutes off East Coast Rd is a little paradise with a camping ground, a small close-knit community and boats galore. Stillwater has established roots with the past. It was long recognised as a safe anchorage, was a home for early settlers, and is located on the important Wade River waterway which led boats and scows from Auckland to Silverdale and further north. There is a good mix of older houses and new developments. These enjoy the quiet backwaters tucked into an escarpment cloaked with mature trees and native bush. Because of the steep elevation of the escarpment, nearly all homes enjoy views overlooking the Wade River, which is home of the local boat club and a popular mooring for some big boats. Several jetties serve the boating community, and there is a large hardstand alongside the public wharf and boat ramp. Past the camping ground is a foreshore area, that has been taken over by the Auckland Regional Council, which provides a delightful walk along the foreshore toward the mouth of the Wade River. The road in is fully sealed but windy, with several 25km speed recommendations on the sharp corners. The former farmland is rapidly giving way to lifestyle blocks all enjoying a rural flavour but within easy reach of the Hibiscus Coast and Auckland.