TA­PORA

Farm­ing com­mu­nity on the Kaipara Coast

Real Estate Outlook - - Location -

Al­though still mainly a farm­ing com­mu­nity, Ta­pora on the Kaipara Coast has a good range of lifestyle and hol­i­day home own­ers. The pri­mary school is next to the com­mu­nity hall, and a playschool, and nearby is a golf course. The ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents are scat­tered along the windy roads through the rural com­mu­nity, and out to­ward the Kaipara Har­bour, via Birds Beach. Many of th­ese homes en­joy sweep­ing rural views and some over­look the ex­pan­sive Kaipara Har­bour. The land is quite steep and used mostly for dairy­ing and cat­tle farm­ing, with some sheep and cat­tle blocks. The hol­i­day com­mu­nity at Birds Beach com­prises about 20 homes, most built in the 1970s and 1980s. The beach is windswept, tidal, iso­lated and rich in birdlife. It of­fers safe, shel­tered swim­ming at high tide in sum­mer, and is pop­u­lar all year for fish­ing. On an iso­lated farm­land penin­sula is Gum Store Rd and Gum Store Creek, al­lud­ing to the area’s early his­tory in gum dig­ging and as a trad­ing post. Ta­pora is about 30 min­utes west from Wells­ford, and neigh­bours the com­mu­ni­ties of Port Al­bert and Whare­hine.

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