The property is located in Waipu in Northland, New Zealand, a country village located just an hour and twenty minutes from Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, with a population of just under 1.4 million people. Waipu is a typical small provincial town originally settled by the Scots who having survived the Scottish Highland Clearances, migrated to Nova Scotia (New Scotland) in 1817. The great potato blight of 1847-48 was one of the catalysts for the second migration in November 1851 under the leadership of the Reverend Norman McLeod, when he and 140 of his followers set sail in the barque “Margaret” bound for Australia. They were followed five months later by the “Highland Lass” with a further155 parishioners. On the 18th September 1853 they arrived in Auckland in the schooner Gazelle having left Melbourne to finally settle in Waipu.
The property of 6.7380 hectares (16.65 acres) plus a 1/5th interest in the adjoining bush block down to the Waihoihoi River is just ten minutes away from the Waipu village and 30 minutes from the city of Whangarei to the north. It consists of a gentle yet sloping contour, which makes it ideal for a macadamia orchard and the grazing of sheep and cattle who share it with a number of Welsh ponies, guinea fowl and hens. The orchard blocks are divided into two distinct blocks, “A” block above and behind the main house and “B” block below the house to the North. The orchard area is planted with approximately 600 mature trees over two hectares, with most having been planted between 22 and 26 years ago.
The main house is a modern four bedroom home with an open plan kitchen dining lounge, separate formal dining lounge area and an integrated art studio and gym which was built in 2003. The private bed and breakfast guest accommodation is in the western wing of the home and has private access from the bedroom, through double doors out to the BBQ area and ground level swimming pool. The guest area of the home has access to the open plan lounge and dining area which they share with their hosts. The lounge/dining area is cool in the summer and cosy in the winter with heat coming from a centrally located log burner. There is a thermostatically controlled heat transfer system which takes warm air from this area and pumps it to other areas of the home, ensuring a very warm home throughout the winter months. A very unique feature of the lounge dining area is the polished American White Oak flooring which really must be seen to be fully appreciated.
The compact kitchen is open plan and adjacent to the dining area and has modern appliances with which to create food sensations for guests and visitors alike. The water supply to the kitchen and the remainder of the house is tank water, captured from the main house roof and stored in a 14,000 litre storage tank which is further supplemented from the Waihoihoi River on the southern boundary. Water is drawn from the river by an electric ten stage high volume centrifugal pump, passed through a sand filter and into the main storage tank. All water used in the house is then further filtered through activated carbon filters, so the purity of the water is beyond doubt.
To the left of the kitchen and at the eastern end of the home is a very large and private open plan lounge and dining room for the exclusive use of the home owners. This room has been lavishly decorated and is perfect for that formal dining experience where one may choose to entertain guests and friends, in a level of unsurpassed comfort.
The formal dining area opens onto the hallway leading down to the east wing, past the owners’ study, bathroom and toilet facilities and onto the master bedroom which has its own private deck. From this bedroom is a beautiful wooden stairway down to the Artists’ Gallery and the gym area. This large area has its own entrance from the eastern end of the home and it is well set up with the necessary infrastructure to hang a large number of paintings and other works of art.
There is a recently renovated double garage attached to the main house with room to house two vehicles and various other items of equipment. Various other barns and shed structures provide additional storage facilities to house the small orchard utility truck and various other equipment used in the maintenance of the orchard and other areas of the property.