Katikati Real Estate – Area Guide
Habourside town and orchard lifestyle
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General Property Guide
Katikati – midway between Tauranga and Waihi was settled in 1875 by Irish settlers who arrived aboard the ships ‘Carisbrook Castle’ in 1875 and the ‘Lady Jocelyn’ in 1878 from County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. The Ulster settlement was the brainchild of Katikati’s founder George Vessey Stewart. The district was originally a dairy farming and grazing area, but over the last 40 years with rich fertile soils and a temperate climate, the Bay of Plenty has developed into a prosperous horticulture area. Kiwifruit and Avocados being the mainstay.
For those looking for a lifestyle change, an orchard can make a great choice to escape city life. It’s a perfect way to replace a high-pressure job with a more relaxed way of life. Residential Katikati has a population of approx. 4,400 while the greater rural area includes a further approx. 5,000 people – the shops and amenities in Katikati catering for a range of ages and stages living in the area.
The more established areas have a cross section of houses with some on larger quarter acre sections. The newer areas of ‘Highfields’ and ‘Shrewsbury’ include mainly ‘brick and tile’ homes catering for families and retirees. These are mostly single storey, low maintenance homes. Rural properties range from lifestyle properties on the town fringe of 2 to 3,000m2 to a few hectares or 10 hectares or more, for grazing and orchard blocks.
Prices start in the late $200,000s to late $300,000s for first homes or rental properties $400,000 and $500,000s for newer homes and older homes with larger sections. Larger modern homes are mainly in the early $500,000 to $600,000 region with some larger executive homes in the $600,000 plus region. You should be able to find a quality brick and tile, newish home in the $500,000 range.
Claridges Real Estate, Katikati – cover the area from Waihi beach to Whakamarama. From the surf at Waihi beach and hot pools at Athenree, the lovely beaches, coastal walkways and boat ramps at Tanners Point, Kauri Point and Ongare Point. Katikati town with its own boat ramp and coastal walks and a hidden treasure for holidaymakers and permanent residents, with excellent fishing spots and a perfect playground for those who love water sports in our sheltered inner harbour. To Pahoia beach, a wonderful spot to park the motor home, launch the kayaks and soak up our coastal environment. The bush, streams and rivers that border the Kaimai Mamaku State Forest being the backdrop – for those who love hunting, bush walks and tramping.
Katikati is located ten minutes drive from the surf at Waihi Beach. There are great locations for water sports, with the inner harbour protected from the ocean by Matakana Island. The village of Kauri Point is a known spot for those who love fishing from the end of the jetty. There is deep-water anchorage and all tide access for boats at Tanners Point, a favourite permanent and holiday home location.
Katikati is ideal for those who love walking and tramping, with leisurely walks within the town and longer trails in the Kaimai Ranges for more serious trampers. The Haiku river walk way starts right in town, a walk featuring over 30 ‘haiku boulders’ – the only haiku pathway in the Southern Hemisphere, and a wonderful stroll to enjoy bird life and the ambience of the banks of the Uretara stream. For golfers the Fairview Golf Club is located only 5 minutes drive from town with a lovely cafe and clubrooms – and for the very keen golfer, you can even buy a section bordering the golf course and build your dream home.
Katikati Primary School and College are located in Beach Road. The primary school year zero to six and across the road Katikati College year seven to thirteen, both with proactive Principals and students who achieve superb results. Other schools in the area include Waihi beach school, Pahioa School, a popular small country school and Matahui School, a private year zero to eight school. All schools have good reputations and cater for a range of student needs.
Katikati has all the shops and services for day-to-day living, including a large Countdown supermarket, cafes and restaurants, hardware,/building supplies, clothing and postal/stationery shops. There is a large medical centre, doctors, dentists, med lab and alternative therapies – plus lots of clubs and friendly people who enjoy meeting and welcoming newcomers to town.