Coastal Hawke’s Bay – Rich New Zealand History
As you approach Aramoana your eye is drawn to the impressive homestead sitting timelessly above the coastal settlement. Aramoana Homestead was built in 1894 and is particularly well positioned on a hill, framed by native bush, to dominate the countryside with impressive views out over Shoal Bay and the Pacific Ocean beyond.
Upon entering the long driveway ones curiosity rises as you sweep up through native bush planted at a similar time to the home’s construction. The drive delivers you to the front of the home, step back in time to a bygone era and a structure proud of its heritage.
Aramoana is a real testament to the early pioneers and many of the features remain to this day including the impressive carvings on the gable ends and over feature windows. The house is built of heart Kauri with an iron roof. The battlement stands tall, drawing inspiration from a Scottish castle; one has to hold back from an immediate scaling of the stairs to take in the views.
Through tall double doors, a large entrance hall welcomes you into the home where your eyes are drawn down the extended main hallway, taking in the high stud, the ornate ceilings and carved detail of the elegant stairwell beyond. Off the hallway are a suite of large living rooms currently used for formal and informal entertaining linked by the covered veranda on three sides.
On the western side is the sheltered garden, fruit trees, grass tennis court and in-ground pool and to the front and eastern side lawns extend to the view of the Bay and farmland below. Internally there are seven bedrooms and three bathrooms together with five living rooms and the large country kitchen to the rear. Reaching the battlement stairs one finds a bedroom, a reading room and then the roof-top deck where the views open out as far as the eye can see. This is paradise.
The literal meaning of the maori word ‘Aramoana’ means ‘pathway to the sea’. A five minute stroll down from the homestead will have you on the wide golden sand beach stretching a kilometre to the north.
Established in 1997, the Te Angiangi Marine Reserve at the southern end of the beach is the result of many years of work by the local community and the Department of Conservation.The reserve protects a piece of the coastline of approximately 446 hectares (1.3 square nautical miles). The reserve is special in that it contains several marine habitat types, a plethora of fish species and a sheltered bay that is perfect for learning to snorkel.
A separate title will be created allowing Aramoana Homestead to sit on approximately 6 hectares of land to suit the new owner, in order to afford guaranteed protection and privacy. The current owners have a desire to maintain running the 600 hectare farm. This property is unique and rare providing the next lucky owner a great lifestyle opportunity, whether it is as a family home or perhaps a mix of business with lodge, wedding venue or corporate retreat as obvious options.
Sited on the beautiful Central Hawke’s Bay coast, you are an easy half hour drive through rolling countryside to the main township of Waipawa, with another half hour landing you in the picturesque village of Havelock North and city of Hastings. School options private and public, primary and secondary abound within this magnificent province.
Awarded a New Zealand Historic Places Grade One listing in 1988, is testament to the history and significance of Aramoana. The decision has been made to sell allowing the new owners to open a further chapter on this important piece of New Zealand heritage.