$10m to name own se­cluded beach

Buy­ing the 7.65ha sec­tion of head­land near Wai­w­era gives rare chance to regis­ter nam­ing rights

Weekend Herald - - Bring On The Weekend - Kirsty Wynn

Al­ways wanted to walk along a sandy beach that bears your name?

This could be your chance with the sale of a prop­erty that sits above what is thought to be Auck­land’s last un­named bay — and is set to cost around $10 mil­lion.

The prime piece of coastal head­land near Wai­w­era, north of Auck­land, is a 7.65ha prop­erty neigh­bour­ing the water­front Wai­w­era Hill Scenic Re­serve.

Bay­leys sales­man John Greenwood said a land record and ti­tle search could not un­cover any name for the 450m-long beach.

“It’s en­tirely fea­si­ble that when the prop­erty changes, any new owner could regis­ter nam­ing rights on the beach,” Greenwood said. “To my knowl­edge there are no other op­por­tu­ni­ties like this in the Auck­land re­gion.”

An Auck­land Coun­cil spokesper­son con­firmed the beach and bay were un­named.

Any pro­posal for a name to be given to the beach would have to be lodged with the New Zealand Ge­o­graph­i­cal Board.

Both the pri­vate head­land and coun­cil-owned re­serve share a “se­cret” sandy beach which only a few peo­ple know about.

But ve­hic­u­lar and walk­ing path ac­cess to the beach are only from the prop­erty for sale.

Greenwood said there was tech­ni­cally “pub­lic ac­cess” to the beach through the re­serve, but it was not easy.

“It would be in­cred­i­bly dif­fi­cult to achieve with a chilly bin un­der one arm and blan­ket un­der the other.”

The beach looks out to the small is­land si­t­u­ated just off­shore from the Wai­w­era ther­mal springs re­sort.

The sprawl­ing prop­erty has a 2014 coun­cil val­u­a­tion of $4.95m but Greenwood said the real value would be sub­stan­tially above $10m.

The cliff-top sec­tion was pre­vi­ously owned by leg­endary New Zealand doc­tor Sir Brian Bar­ratt-Boyes who per­formed the coun­try’s first open-heart surgery in 1958.

It is now owned by a busi­ness­man look­ing to re­turn to the United States.

The 982 Hi­bis­cus Coast High­way prop­erty comes with three houses — a large 1970s A-frame house, a smaller two-bed­room cot­tage built in the 1980s, and an orig­i­nal farm worker’s cot­tage dat­ing from the early 1900s.

The prop­erty has a he­li­pad, a large hangar and a ten­nis court.

“The res­i­dences re­quire vary­ing amounts of main­te­nance work, but they could be eas­ily con­verted into coun­try re­treat-style dwellings or staff res­i­dences,” Greenwood said.

There was a num­ber of grand po­hutukawa, pine, and macro­carpa trees, as well as slop­ing grass hill­side lead­ing down to the beach.

Dozens of beaches, coves and in­lets around Auck­land have been named af­ter lo­ca­tion, his­tor­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties or af­ter set­tlers and farm­ers who once owned the ad­ja­cent land.

Beach prop­erty

The coastal prop­erty north of Orewa in­cludes three houses and what is thought to be Auck­land’s last un­named beach and bay.

Nearby beaches and bays named af­ter fam­i­lies in­clude Browns Bay, Bethells Beach, Sul­li­vans Bay, Camp­bells Bay, Snells Beach, Hob­son Bay, Stan­ley Bay, Tin­dalls Beach, Clarks Beach, Martins Bay, Mur­rays Bay, Thorne Bay and Al­gies Bay.

The prop­erty is be­ing mar­keted for sale by Bay­leys Real Es­tate, with pub­lic ten­ders clos­ing on De­cem­ber 6.

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