Set amongst the untouched northern landscape of Waiheke Island, Wawata Estate is setting a new benchmark for island living

The spectacular sanctuary of Wawata Estate sits perched atop a ridge between two of Waiheke’s most idyllic beaches, boasting sprawling natural parkland, rolling hills, and 25 thoughtful development plots seamlessly integrated into the local landscape. Those lucky enough to secure one of the few remaining sites will find endless ocean views, tranquil rural vistas, and untouched native bush on their doorstep, with Palm Beach and Onetangi just a few minutes away, offering endless potential for a life well lived.

Despite the farmland site’s vastness, only a small set of carefully placed development sites are on offer, so as to respectfully preserve the land and add to (not detract from) Waiheke’s quaint, timeless allure. So desirable is Wawata’s future-focused infrastructure and elevated address that some of the country’s leading architects are making the gated community home, crafting thoughtful residences (in keeping with Wawata’s design code) across the sprawling estate.

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Architectural render of proposed property

To understand the true appeal of Wawata beyond its unmatched scenery, one must look to the substantial commitment to the future that developer Chris Jacobs is making with the project. Here, house sites occupy just 15 percent of the total land area, with the remainder dedicated to conservation — with future generations in mind. Over 300,000 New Zealand natives have been planted, wetlands carefully restored, and private walkways and bush trails maintained for the exclusive use of residents. Local iwi and Heritage New Zealand have also been consulted to safeguard sacred lands, ensuring a legacy of preservation for generations to come.

On Waiheke Island, the pace of life is slow and steady, and although it’s only a short 45-minute ferry from Auckland’s bustling CBD, it feels like a world of its own. Wawata Estate taps into this feeling, harnessing the spoils of the land, partnering with nature to provide a spectacular canvas on which residents can create their very own version of paradise.


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