Hat­fields Beach

Ev­ery­thing is at your doorstep

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Hat­fields Beach his­tory goes back more than 150 years, when Alec Hat­field, af­ter who the area is named, was cred­ited with be­ing the first Pakeha to try the min­eral wa­ters at nearby Wai­w­era. This lit­tle beach­side com­mu­nity just north of Orewa is bi­sected by State High­way One. It is a pop­u­lar pull-off area for mo­torists who want to break their jour­ney and watch the sea from their ve­hi­cle. This beach is one of the few to have ma­ture po­hutukawa to pro­vide a pic­turesque set­ting and shade from the sum­mer heat. The beach com­mu­nity has about 1200 per­ma­nent res­i­dents. Houses on the south­ern side of the road are mostly north fac­ing, over­look­ing the sea and Wai­w­era Hills. On the east­ern side of the high­way, some houses on the clifftop have spec­tac­u­lar sea views to Kawau Is­land and the Whanga­paraoa penin­sula. The beach is ‘swim­mer friendly’ and boat­ies also fre­quently use it. Shar­ing the bound­ary be­tween Hat­fields and Orewa is the Alice Eaves scenic re­serve – 16 hectares with ex­cel­lent walk­ways and steps en­joyed by jog­gers and walk­ers and main­tained by the lo­cal Li­ons Club. Eaves Bush was part of the orig­i­nal Mahu­rangi Block owned by the Ngati­paoa tribe and ceded to the Crown in 1854. It was be­queathed to the na­tion by the late Alice Eaves in 1960. The re­serve con­tains the re­mains of an old pa site where the trenches and ram­parts are clearly vis­i­ble. This was be­lieved to be aban­doned be­fore Euro­pean set­tle­ment. The re­serve is home to a mix­ture of kauri, kahikatea, matai and rimu trees.

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