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About the Makarau River Subdivision

The Makarau River Subdivision occupies the south-eastern side of the hills which lie between the Rauhori Stream and Makarau / Tahekeroa rivers, to the north of Kaukapakapa. The Makarau River drains westwards to the southern Kaipara Harbour, approximately 4km to the west of the site.

The subdivision is in commuting distance to Silverdale (15min) andAlbany, North Shore City (approximately 45 minutes' drive).

The local primary school is approximately 12km away at Kaukapakapa. Kaukapakapa village contains a superette, vet, liquor store and service station.

The main ridge of the property runs from the north-east to the south-west, parallel with the Tahekeroa River, terminating at a trig point at 179m asl. To the north and east of the site are extensive areas of commercial forestry, while to the west are large areas of native vegetation, including areas identified as significant natural areas of moderate-high value in the District Plan, which extend onto the subdivision, terminating close to the trig point.

The lots along Makarau River frontage, Lots 4-9, are currently in pasture with scattered large trees, principally totara (Podocarpus totara) and kahikatea (Podocarpus dacrydioides), particularly close to the river. Building platforms have been located to ensure retention of these trees.

Makarau and Tahekeroa Roads follow the rivers of the same names around the southern and eastern sides of the subject site. The North Auckland Railway line follows both Tahekeroa Road and River north eastwards along the valley from Makarau Station.

This part of rural Rodney has numerous scattered clusters of houses, generally along road corridors, including in proximity to the subject site. Land is used for a variety of rural activities such as grazing, production forestry and lifestyle properties.

The titles will have noted against them building enhancement covenants to ensure that the standard of building continues to be high.

History of Makarau Station
Map of the area

Makarau River Subdivision

Above: Steam locomotive Ab 824 passing Makarau on the 10.37 am Newmarket to Whangarei Mixed Train (a goods train with a carriage or two attached for passengers) on 17 March 1954 (the Goods Shed can be seen behind the train). 
Photograph by W. W. Stewart. Image (and information) courtesy NZ Railway & Locomotive Society Inc.

Makarau Station

Officially opened in October 1899, Makarau Station was described in the July 1947 NZ Railways Working Timetable as an unattended flag station, with no fixed signals, a passenger shelter shed, a passenger platform on the right hand side looking north, a 30 x 20 foot goods shed, a loading bank, sheep yards, a 14-wagon loop, and an 8-wagon back shunt (probably to the sheep yards).
There was at least one railway house at Makarau, or in the near vicinity, which was probably used by the local ganger or surfaceman.
The station was closed to all traffic in December 1965.

About the Makarau River Subdivision