The first waterfront 83 sections have gone on the market in the gated WeitiBay community at the former Weiti Station, in the south-eastern corner of Rodney, just over the Okura Estuary from the old North Shore City boundary.
The whole development area, between Long Bay & Stillwater, comprises 850ha of what was pine forest planted by NZ Forest Products Ltd. It’s being developed into a huge private park, with 150 large lots between 1500-2000m².
The first of those lots are priced now between $795,000-1.05 million. Building of individual homes won’t start until titles are issued, expected to be around October next year. The Weiti development will also ultimately include 2 villages with 1050 residential lots, and an expansion being sought. These villages will lie further back from the gated waterfront 150-lot community, but will have access to the oceanfront.
Developer Evan Williams, of Williams Land Ltd, said: “To put the size of WeitiBay in perspective, it’s as large an area as Devonport & Bayswater combined.”
Facilities to come include a racquets club, fitness centre & swimming pool, equestrian centre & stables, a 20ha mountain bike club, 12km of new public walkways, a marine centre & 20ha of conservation gardens.
Mr Williams said WeitiBay, a joint venture between Williams Land & the family that has owned the land for 30 years, had a very strong ecological focus: “We’re a private group with a lot of experience in a number of coastal properties such as Mataka Station in the Bay of Islands and BreamTail at Mangawhai, and we believe in working with great landscapes.
“We pay particular attention to the ecology, the agricultural components, the history & relationship with mana whenua, and the visual aspects of projects such as WeitiBay. Handled carefully, development can fund & enhance the coastline and we have been doing that for many years. At the same time we provide wonderful places to live & work.”
Mr Williams said people on the North Shore had thought of Weiti as a green belt because more than 80% of it had been covered by production pine forest, but much of the forest has been cleared, with 300,000 tonnes of wood cut.
“We accepted a commitment to retain that green belt function and the development we are undertaking will make certain that happens. Hundreds of thousands of trees are being planted to replace the pine forest, which will result in a huge boost to the birdlife coming onshore off Tiritiri Matangi.”
WeitiBay is accessed from East Coast Rd – and, if the Penlink route to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula is built, directly from State Highway 1. Because of the current development of the land, buyers interested in viewing need to be accompanied into Weiti Bay. That’s being handled by Bayleys North agents Michael Guy & Kirsty Stevenson.
Mr Williams is a former managing partner & chairman of law firm Chapman Tripp, and has been a partner in developing Denarau Villas in Fiji and Mataka Station in the Bay of Islands.
Attribution: Company release.