Everything is at your doorstep
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.