Coastal Ta­pora

Real Estate Outlook - - Location -

Al­though it’s still pre­dom­i­nantly a farm­ing com­mu­nity, Ta­pora, on the Kaipara coast, also has a good mix of life­style blocks, hol­i­day homes and per­ma­nent res­i­dences.

The pri­mary school rubs shoul­ders with the com­mu­nity hall, a playschool and a nearby golf course, but the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents are scat­tered along the windy roads through the ru­ral com­mu­nity, and out to­wards the only easy ac­cess to the Kaipara Har­bour, via Birds Beach.

Many of the homes en­joy sweep­ing ru­ral views – some over­look the vast ex­panse of the Kaipara Har­bour, the sec­ond largest in­let har­bour in the world.

The land is quite steep and used mostly for dairy­ing and cat­tle farm­ing, with some sheep blocks. The hol­i­day com­mu­nity at Birds Beach, at the end of Jour­ney’s End Rd, com­prises about 20 homes, most built in the 70s and 80s. The beach is windswept, tidal and iso­lated, but it has its own beauty, and is rich in birdlife. It of­fers safe, shel­tered swim­ming at high tide in the 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 gumdig­ging and as a trad­ing post.

Ta­pora is about half an hour’s drive from Wells­ford, west of neigh­bour­ing ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties of Port Al­bert, Whare­hine and Tauhoa.

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