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Te Akau Living: A view from the other side

Sometimes referred to as Raglan’s Waiheke Island, looking across the harbour towards the Raglan township from Te Akau opens up a completely different perspective on our community.

While the area has a significant amount of history associated with it, Ray White has recently brought some of the properties around Te Akau Wharf Road on to the market.

The road itself was built ‘about a century ago’ according to local history man John Lawson when there were still kiwi and kaka seen to be roaming around in the bushy coastal area.

Te Akau, more affectionately referred to as the ‘other side’ of the harbour, has previously been Te Akau Station, housing many blocks of farms that spanned right up to Port Waikato.

Looking across now, you may be able to spot the property at 604 Te Akau Wharf Road, a pale blue building nestled above the pancake rocks, the ancient limestone coast that borders the inner harbor.

Featuring modern amenities and a beautifully landscaped outdoor area, it could be said that this architecturally designed home is the best of both worlds. Sitting on a 6 acre site, this property features many of the bonuses of making the leap to the other side of the harbor.

Surrounded by native bush, peaceful and only a quick boat ride or paddle over to the Raglan town centre, the properties that are being put on the market definitely offer a tranquil retreat from the busy crowds during summer.

You can see the residents that have already caught on with local business owners, parents and children alike seen making the commute over the strip of water from the ‘other side’ on anything from kayaks, paddleboards to dinghy’s and yachts.

The skipper of Harmony Ⅲ and owner of Raglan Harbour Cruises, Ian Hardy, can also be seen ferrying residents across from Te Akau often mooring his boat near the wharf at the end of Bow Street.

Of the ferry that had previously run, John Lawson says that during the early 1900’s the local blacksmith’s daughter would sit at the workshop on Cliff Street waiting for a smoke signal that meant the ferry needed to go across to pick up residents.

While technology has advanced somewhat in a hundred years, you can enjoy the seclusion and simple life of yesteryear and still have modern necessities at your fingertips.

Ray White Raglan will be showcasing their Te Akau properties during an open day on Sunday the 5th of February (Waitangi Weekend). The day will see boat trips taking interested buyers over to the other side of the harbour to explore the Te Akau Wharf Road area.

With the area’s popularity on the rise, there is sure to be some rare and exquisite properties snapped up during this weekend. Ray White has organized everything you need for the day including transport and a guide to the area – there will also be some Te Akau residents on hand to give you a taste of what Te Akau living is like.

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