Private sanctuary with its own “food forest” up for sale



If you’ve ever wanted to live off-grid with everything you need in your own backyard, this Whakapara property might be for you. 

Located at 620 Russell Road, Whakapara, Whangarei District, the 81ha property comprises a four-bedroom home as well as two separate cabins, 21 waterfalls, and its very own “food forest”. 

The property is being marketed by Ray White Whangarei agent Alex Smits on behalf of the vendors who originally bought the property to set up a communal living space, but after circumstances changed they have decided to sell. 

“This property really is a private sanctuary, perfect for sustainable living,” Mr Smits said. 

“There is space for cropping and grazing, as well as the food forest. 

“The sellers spent more than $100,000 having the food forest designed and planted, with plenty of fruits and vegetables set to provide food for the family.” 

Mr Smits said the property provided a variety of opportunities. 

“There are so many ways this unique property could be utilised given multiple living spaces and the beautiful natural setting,” he said. 

“It would be perfect for extended families or communal living groups, or it could be used for business purposes such as AirBnB or a corporate retreat.” 

He said the property was based in a growing region known as the “winterless north”. 

“Summers are warm and tend to be humid, while winters are mild, with many parts of the region having only a few light frosts each year.  Most parts of Northland receive about 2000 hours of sunshine per year,” Mr Smits said. 

“The region is growing as more and more people are able to work remotely and are capitalising on moving to areas where they can get more bang for their buck. 

“It’s only 30 minutes to Whangarei, a 75,000 population city centred around the town basin, a marina city with easy deep water access, and 10 minutes from Helena Bay and the gateway to the Bay of Islands.” 


Media contacts:

Alex Smits 
Ray White Whangarei 
+64 21 273 6975

Cassandra Glover
Media Advisor
Ray White Group
+61 447 000 472