Mak­ing the move to Mag­i­cal Man­gawhai


The glis­ten­ing waters of Man­gawhai are a big draw for peo­ple want­ing to leave the rat race be­hind.

Fol­low­ing the Kaipara Dis­trict Coun­cil’s botched waste­water scheme, rates went up by 50 per cent for some prop­er­ties in the sea­side town.

But this hasn’t stopped Auck­lan­ders want­ing to es­cape big city stresses.

They’ve swapped the city life for the surf, sand dunes and pic­turesque es­tu­ary of the town dubbed ‘Mag­i­cal’.

The ex­o­dus saw the Kaipara town at num­ber eight on a list of top 20 Auck­land prop­erty hotspots for house price growth in the twelve months to Fe­bru­ary. The av­er­age house price rose 31 per cent to $637,000.

Chantelle Camp­bell thought her hus­band was crazy when he sug­gested mov­ing their fam­ily to Man­gawhai.

They had ren­o­vated and sold their home in Tor­bay and were house hunt­ing.

She thought she could never leave her fam­ily and friends in

‘‘I love it. The beaches, peo­ple, amaz­ing com­mu­nity and schools.’’

the area she and her hus­band grew up in with the so­cial life, shops, restau­rants and great schools her fam­ily en­joyed.

But af­ter her ‘hun­dredth’ open home she agreed.

Af­ter liv­ing a year in Man­gawhai, Camp­bell said it was the best de­ci­sion ever and she couldn’t imag­ine leaving.

‘‘I love it. The beaches, peo­ple, amaz­ing com­mu­nity and schools.

Camp­bell says her two boys love it, too, and she has started her own busi­ness, Food by Chantelle, do­ing cook­ing lessons, demon­stra­tions and cater­ing.

Chris Rhodes moved his fam­ily to the area full time two years ago.

Orig­i­nally from Tau­ranga, he re­turned to New Zealand from Tokyo with his part­ner Miko and chil­dren Shia and Meila, af­ter 12 years abroad.

The two wanted to live in ru­ral New Zealand to raise their fam­ily, and were at­tracted to North­land or the fur­ther north­ern reaches of Auck­land.

‘‘I’ve al­ways thought it’s un­touched na­ture - and good value for money,’’ Rhodes said.

They built their garage first, then lived in it while Rhodes built the house.

Rhodes works with a bee­keeper in Kai­waka, his chil­dren go to Man­gawhai Kindy and Be­fore Six Man­gawhai and num­ber three is on the way.

‘‘We ab­so­lutely love liv­ing up here.’’


The pris­tine beauty of Man­gawhai is a big­draw card for buy­ers.

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