Plots to Love at Community Garden

Feb 18 2019 Community

A growing green space has put down roots in Hobsonville Point Park with the opening of the Catalina Community Garden.

Located on Buckley Ave alongside the Waterford on Hobsonville Point retirement village, stage one of the shared garden includes 29 plots, a composting area and a communal herb bed and fruit trees. Plots are available for Hobsonville Point residents and families to grow fresh vegetables while the herbs and fruit are there for all to use and enjoy.

“The vision of the garden is to enhance the Point’s sense of community and create a vibrant social space that everyone can enjoy,” says Bridgette Gillham of the garden committee. “We really want it to be a usable place where people can indulge their love of gardening while sharing resources, knowledge and fun together.

“And of course, it gives residents more options for gardening beyond their backyards in order to enjoy the delicious taste of fresh vegetables taken straight from the ground to the plate.”

The garden is underpinned by an ethos of sustainability and environmental best practice, meaning that composting, organic fertilizers and pest control ensure it is a safe space for people, plants and the planet alike.

And there are big plans for the facility’s future which could include a barbeque and seating area, a shed with shared tools, a potting table and some shade for seedlings in addition to more plots. In time, the vision is for a designated area where people can help themselves to excess produce shared by plot-holders.  It is also hoped the garden will one day host workshops and demonstrations, with The Compost Collective, the Hobsonville Herb Group and the Kaipatiki Project already lending the initiative their support.

The garden has been funded by Waterford on Hobsonville Point, the Upper Harbour Local Board and HLC. Kathleen Waldock of HLC says it’s great to see it established.

“Sheer determination has got it through and the committee has put so much work into it, not just for themselves but for the whole community.”

For more information, email catalinacommunitygarden@gmail.com.

Edgewater: Peaceful apartments near the action

Feb 18 2019 New releases

Classic Group’s new waterside development is underway with the first of its two low rise apartment buildings, the Edgewater Promenade, set for completion in 2020. Nestled in a leafy setting alongside the coastal walkway, Edgewater is in a prime location near the ferry terminal and Catalina Bay. Matthew Lagerberg, Classic Group Director, says the apartments will appeal to people of all ages who are  looking for inner city convenience with designated parking, but don’t want the inner-city price tag.

"Edgewater is set amongst a really exceptional part of Hobsonville Point,” says Lagerberg. “You get a reminder of the suburb’s history while walking around and you're never far from the water and the bush. It's really beautiful."

The building sits within established gardens and beside the historical 1930s Mill House and gardens. The surrounding landscaping has been carefully designed to reflect both the rugged natural character of the coastal edge whilst retaining the heritage of the area.

The development's resident car park will feature deciduous Gingko trees, selected for their bright yellow foliage in autumn which will enable a playful interchange with the apartment's distinctive colour.

Well-designed paths link the building to the 5km coastal walkway that winds its way around the peninsula, taking in a coastal boardwalk, native bush, and the farmers market and restaurants of Catalina Bay.

Prices start from $599,000. For a full price list and floor plans, click here, or visit the Classic Builders website.

Little Creatures wows the crowd

Feb 18 2019 Development

After huge anticipation, Little Creatures opened its first Kiwi microbrewery at Catalina Bay, Hobsonville Point on Waitangi Day with a rousing all-day event involving jugglers, a contortionist, a trickster, a fortune teller, drag queens, DJs and Kiwi band, Sola Rosa. Little Creatures’ ‘festival of curiosities’ drew thousands – or was it the chance to kick back on a hot mid-week holiday and try the brewery’s famous pale ales and pilsners? Whatever the reason, the event lured the thirsty to the Catalina Bay waterfront in droves.

Ongoing popularity seems assured for Little Creatures’ microbrewery with its waterfront location and epic venue. The brewery is housed in the truly mega-sized Sunderland Hangar, which was built in 1939 as home to the giant Short Sunderland flying boats. Visitors are surrounded by tanks, brewers working their magic and the aroma of beer brewing. At the centre of the action, the dining hall serves woodfired pizza and sharing plates with your beer. Under the same gargantuan roof, Salty’s offers gourmet fish and chips and Kittyhawk is an upmarket Italian eatery – open all day, as is the European way. There’s also a coffee roastery (beer chaser or precursor?) and a play area for the kids.

Ignite Architects led the design of the brewery, which is filled with nostalgic nods to the giant shed’s history. The hangar’s original 9m tall doors can be spotted behind the main bar. Kittyhawk has been inspired by the vibe of a military mess hall where off-duty mechanics and pilots would go to wind down, while Salty’s bar is made from the hangar’s original timber purlins.

Visit www.littlecreatures.co.nz for more info.

Fresh from the farm five days a week

Feb 18 2019 Development

Catalina Bay Farmers Market is one of the few Auckland farmers’ markets that is fully covered and one of an even smaller number that are on the waterfront. Market manager, Greg Torchia, says the market may well be unique when it becomes “the only seven day a week genuine Farmers Market in New Zealand.” As a step in that journey, the market has just expanded its hours from three to five days a week. (See hours below).

Through the summer months you can also try a completely different experience – a night market. “They’re big family and community events showcasing our regular stallholders and some of Auckland’s finest food trucks,” says Greg. “Between the live music and entertainment for the kids, there’ll be a little bit of everything to enjoy in a vibrant and buzzing atmosphere.”

Opening hours

Wed | Thu | Fri 10am – 4.00pm

Sat | Sun 8.30am – 2.00pm

Night markets are held on the third Thursday of every month during Daylight Saving 

For more information and market updates, check out the Catalina Bay Farmers Market website.

Universal Axis release

Jan 30 2019 Axis Series

Universal Homes is releasing the following terraced homes in the Buckley B precinct:

4 x 3 bedroom homes priced at $650,000 each.

Please visit www.axisseries.co.nz/how-to-buy/ for more information on the purchasing criteria and how to enter a ballot.

Entries for the ballot close 4pm Thursday 21. February 2019. 

To learn more about these homes please visit the Universal Homes showhomes at Hobsonville Point or contact:

Lisa Fleming – lisaf@universal.co.nz; 021 679 674

Adrienne Hansen – adrienneh@universal.co.nz; 021 742 042

 

Axis release by Classic Builders

Jan 22 2019 Axis Series

 Classic Builders has released the following Axis homes  in the Edgewater Promenade Apartments: 

 2 x One bed apartments at $450,000

2 x Two bed apartments at $550,000

Please visit www.axisseries.co.nz/how-to-buy/ for more information on the purchasing criteria and how to enter a ballot.

Entry to the ballot closes at 4pm on Thursday 14th February with the ballot being held on Friday 15th February 2019. 

To learn more about these homes please visit the Classic Builders showhome at Liquidambar Drive or contact:

Lorraine Oates - lorraine.oates@classicbuilders.co.nz, 021 906 484 or 

Sue Hetherington - sue.hetherington@classicbuilders.co.nz, 021 837 602

Kerepeti Axis release

Nov 12 2018 Axis Series

Kerepeti is pleased to announce the launch of the final ballot of Axis series homes. The ballot consists of 14 one bed one bath one carpark homes priced at $450,000 and $500,000.

13 of these homes are “walk ups” on the Kerewhenua development which is adjacent to Hobsonville Point primary school. Walk ups are three level blocks with two apartments per floor and a central staircase. These homes are currently under construction and due for completion by September 2019.

The remaining home is a one bed one bath ground floor apartment on the Uku development located on the corner of Hobsonville Point Road and Squadron Drive. This apartment building is nearing completion and will be ready for occupation in the first quarter of 2019.

For full details of each property, including site and floor plans, specifications and Body Corporate and Laneway Society information please refer to the Axis page on the Kerepeti website www.kerepeti.co.nz.

In the ballot purchasers can choose one of the following options

Option one - $450,000

Kerewhenua level 1 and 2 walk ups (9 x 1 bed 1 bath 1 car park)

Option two - $500,000

Kerewhenua Ground Floor Walk ups (4 x 1 bed + 1 bath + 1 carpark)

Option three - $500,000

Uku Ground Floor Apartments (1 x 1 bed + 1 bath + 1 car park)Ballot closes: 5pm Thursday 29th November 2018

Ballot drawn: Friday 30th November 2018

For further information contact Axis Series at Kerepeti sales manager Catherine Lister 021 430 35, axisseries@kerepeti.co.nz.

Please visit www.axisseries.co.nz/how-to-buy/ for more information on the purchasing criteria and how to enter a ballot.

Celebrate the opening of the Coastal Walkway

Oct 29 2018 Events

The Te Ara Manawa - Hobsonville/Onekiritea coastal walkway  has been a work in progress since 2006. Come the weekend of the 17th of November, the new Hobsonville attraction will finally be complete. To celebrate, HLC is holding a weekend-long gala event packed with great food, coffee and plenty of entertainment. This family-friendly event is designed for all ages and abilities. The walkway forms an easy 5km loop which traces the coast of Hobsonville Point and passes through a variety of local amenities and points of interest along the way.

 

What’s happening on the day?


Eat

There will be plenty of food and drink options available at the event. Food trucks, coffee stops and ice cream trucks will be dotted around the walkway. There will also be a Little Creatures craft beer pop up for the adults and the Catalina Bay Farmers Market will be in full swing. Local favourites Catalina Café and Fabric Café and Bistro are both accessible from the walkway.

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Play

Four activity hubs will be dotted at various points around the walkway where there’ll be live music, plenty of food and lots of fun activities for the kids. The hubs will be located at Catalina Bay next to the ferry terminal, the Rifle Range near Te Onekiritea Point (Bomb Point), the Hobsonville Point Park playground and the historic Mill House, with plenty of noteworthy attractions in between.

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Rove

Attendees have the option of going clockwise or anticlockwise around the loop and starting and finishing at any point. The walkway is relatively flat and wheel-friendly so wheelchairs, prams, and small children’s scooters and bikes are welcome (teens and adults please leave the wheels at home this time). Look out for the information boards describing all of the historical and natural features along the walkway.

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What are the transport options to Hobsonville Point?

Hobsonville Point is situated roughly halfway between Albany and Westgate on State Highway 18. It’s easily accessible via the Northern or North Western motorways and takes about 20 minutes from the CBD off-peak.

 

By Car

From the Northern motorway take the Squadron Drive off-ramp. From the North Western motorway take the Brigham Creek exit.

There will be dedicated parking on the day. More details on where to park will be available closer to the event. 

 

By Bus

Buses run to and from Westgate, North Shore and CBD (via North Shore). Bus timetables can be accessed via www.at.govt.nz.

 

By Ferry

Over the course of the gala opening weekend, there will be a special ferry service in operation to and from the CBD (Quay Street ferry terminal via Beach Haven).

 

Register via the Facebook Event Page

 

AVJennings Axis release

Oct 26 2018 Axis Series

AVJennings has released the following Axis homes in the Buckley B precinct (BB2B):    

2 x 1 bedroom terrace homes at $500,000 each and

2 x 2 bedroom terrace homes at $580,000 each. 

Please visit www.axisseries.co.nz/how-to-buy / for more information on the purchasing criteria and how to enter a ballot.

Entries for the ballot close at 4pm Thursday 15. November 2018, with the ballot being held on Friday 16. November 2018. 

To learn more about these homes please contact Dan Ogle, dogle@avjennings.co.nz, 027 579 8620.

 

Hobsonville Point a Great Place to Raise Kids

Oct 5 2018 Community

Quality education, safe communities and the ability to forge strong relationships are some of the most sought after qualities that parents consider when choosing a new home in Auckland. And up until recently, landing the golden trifecta of the family-friendly neighbourhood seemed like an unattainable goal. Now, we’re spoiled for choice.

Hobsonville Point has been designed with families in mind. It’s as safe as it is walkable, so the kids can visit their friends, play outside (instead of glued to the screen), and walk to school (rather than sit in traffic). There’s also plenty of activities around the neighbourhood, so parents are spoilt for choice when it comes to weekend activities.

To learn more about Hobsonville Point’s kid friendly qualities, childcare and schooling options, download the brochure here.

Head to Hobsonville Point these School Holidays

Oct 3 2018 Community

 

 

The school holidays are upon us once again, and you know what that means – operation ‘keep the kids occupied’ has commenced. If you’re falling short of ideas for daytime activities, why not head over to Hobsonville Point? There’s plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy, and hey, while you’re there, why not check out an open home or two and see what all the fuss is about?

 

1. Bike along the Te Ara Manawa Hobsonville Point (Coastal Walkway)

If you’re a stickler for the scenic route, the Coastal Walkway should be top of your school holiday list. The Coastal Walkway is a 5km loop that traces the picturesque peninsula, taking in parks, playgrounds and cafes along the way.

The walkway is designed to be family friendly. For the most part, it’s flat, off-road, and sealed – perfect for all ages. And despite its name, it’s not just for walking either: bikes, scooters, prams or skates are welcome too, as are our four-legged friends (but don’t forget the leash).

Pro tip: On your way around the walkway, be sure to stop by Fabric, a gorgeous new cafe at Catalina Bay, with plenty of outdoor waterfront seating. It’s the perfect pitstop for a well deserved fluffy (and a much needed coffee).

 

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2. Find yourself a Feast at the Catalina Bay Farmers Market

The Catalina Bay Farmers Market is the ultimate vice for fussy eaters and ravenous teens alike. Tuck into a mussel fritter or devour a donut; the market is brimming with delicious food options to please everyone’s taste buds. There’s also fresh produce, a butcher, a cheese stall and more, so you can get the groceries done at the same time. For a full list of artisan produce, head to the Catalina Bay Farmers Market website.

And heads up –  the Catalina Farmers Market are putting on some fun activities for the kids over the course of the school holidays. Join Milly Vanilla for some cupcake decorating and Salty River Farms for some DIY vegetable creations on Friday the 5th and 12th October between 12-3pm.

The Catalina Bay Farmers Market is open every Friday, 11am-5pm, and Saturday and Sunday 8.30am-2pm.

 

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3. Fly through Harrier Park and enjoy the scenery

From Catalina Bay, head up the hill to the gorgeous Harrier Point park. It’s surrounded by beautiful established trees and has water views to die for. It features a huge, 360-degree bucket swing, BBQs, a separate exercise area - and a most excellent flying fox.

It also has a large grassed area – the ideal setup for a late afternoon picnic. Pick up some produce from the farmers market, slap some saussies on the barbie and relax in the sun while the children play.

 

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4. Get out on the water with the Fullers ferry

The Fullers Ferry runs between Hobsonville Point and Auckland City every weekday from downtown Quay Street ferry terminal and Hobsonville Point Wharf. Make a day of it and enjoy a boat trip with the kids to take in the picturesque Waitemata Harbour in all its glory.

For the full ferry timetable, head over the Fullers website here.

 

5. Make a splash at the Catalina Water Park

It’s springtime, and that means it’s getting warmer. Luckily Hobsonville Point has no shortage of water, even away from the coastal fringes. Located on the corner of Onekiritea and Tuatua Road is the Catalina Water Park. Here you’ll find an array of water features which move the water from A to B in mesmerizing fashion – through moats, over and under water features. And it’s all fun size! Designed for kids to run, jump and generally make a splash, so be sure to pack a towel.  

 

6. Hobsonville Point Playground

The Hobsonville Point playground is like no other. Inspired by seed pods found on the New Zealand coast, the playground dubs as sculptural landmark – a welcome spin on the classic ‘slide and two swing’ playground set. There are climbing nets, plenty of swings (no queuing here), wobbly wooden steps and more. Suitable for ages and abilities, and conveniently placed near the Catalina Cafe along the Coastal Walkway. How handy.

 

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To help plan your trip, download this handy Explorer Map