Subdivide this stunning farm

A stunning farm with significant subdivision potential north of Auckland has come to market for the first time in 110 years, presenting an opportunity for investors, developers and land bankers in a time where a heated market in the city is driving buyers outwards, brokers say.


The 208ha freehold property at 136 Ranganui Rd, Kaiwaka is for sale by deadline private treaty closing 4pm, Wednesday, 18 May, unless sold prior.


Marketed by Tony Allsop and Tim Lichtenstein of Colliers International, the property comprises four titles, and includes farm land, farm-related improvements such as three-stand woolshed, covered yards, implement shed, hay barns and dams for water reticulation, as well as a four-bedroom home.


“This incredible property is nestled around the upper reaches of the Kaipara Harbour and with panoramic vistas, easy contours and good road access offers the opportunity to further develop or subdivide,” Allsop says.

“The current low-level farming operation provides holding income for land bankers or developers, particularly in a time where the heated Auckland housing market is driving more and more buyers further north.”


The property has been in owner Doug Donaldson’s family for the past 106 years.


“It’s been in the family and used as a farm since 1906, when my grandfather purchased it,” Donaldson says.


“He milked cows, sold milk, ran poultry, sold eggs and also had a butcher shop on the property.


“In the 1940s, the family cleared the scrub and used the property as a sheep and beef farm, and lately it’s been used as a fattening farm.


“It’s a beautiful property that has three kilometres of harbour frontage – complimented by riparian rights - as well as a 1km-long lake to the north of the property filled with life – a duck shooter’s paradise.”


The farm is a perfect candidate for future subdivision, Allsop says.

“The contour is very suitable for subdivision and a number of properties nearby have been subdivided, including the 80ha property across the road, which was subdivided in 4ha to 10ha lots and recently sold out.”


The four-bedroom house on the property is a well-specified and modern two-level building, Allsop says.


“With quality outdoor living spaces and decks offering extensive views, the house itself has ample light and elevation but also the advantage of a sheltered bush backdrop.”


One hour north of Auckland, the property is privately situated about three kilometres from State Highway 1 and a 20 to 30 minute radius of the nearby townships of Warkworth, Wellsford and coastal Mangawhai, Lichtenstein says.


“The rapidly improving food and beverage offering found in Kaiwaka Village is within a five minute drive.”


Kaiwaka falls within the Kaipara District - which stretches from a thinning of the North Auckland Peninsula south of Kaiwaka in the southeast, to the Waipoua Forest in the northwest, from there extending down the west coast to the Kaipara Harbour entrance at Pouto, Lichtenstein says.


“The district encompasses the towns of Dargaville, Ruawai, Matakohe, Paparoa, Maungaturoto, Kaiwaka and Mangawhai, as well as the rural area which surrounds them.


“The population is largely rural, living in small settlements scattered amongst the rolling hills or nestled on the shores of the harbour.”


The Anderson’s property is zoned ‘Rural’ under the Kaipara District Plan, Lichtenstein says.


“Kaipara’s economy has historically been driven by pastoral farming and, to a lesser extent, horticulture and forestry.


“However, developments in tourism are growing in importance and there is a trend towards small mixed-use farm and residential holdings, and the Plan recognises that while farming activities are the defining feature of the Rural Zone, other activities are also appropriately located in the rural environment, such as lifestyle properties.”

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