Waikawa Beach median house value below $800,000

According to Stuff today Waikawa Beach is one of only 16 Wellington ‘suburbs’ where the median house value is below $800,000:

There are now 67 suburbs with median house values worth $1m or more throughout the region, according to CoreLogic figures. Just 38 suburbs are worth less than $1m, and 16 suburbs are worth less than $800,000.

Grudging bargains: Wellington suburbs with the most affordable houses | Stuff.co.nz.

Sub-$1m suburbs in the Wellington region, in ascending order (of median house value):

  • 1. Waitangirua, Porirua – $663,000 …
  • 7. Ōtaki Beach, Kāpiti Coast – $748,300
  • 8. Waikawa Beach, Kāpiti Coast – $756,350
  • 9. Ōtaki, Kāpiti Coast – $758,750 …
  • 16. Manakau, Kāpiti Coast – $842,000 …
  • 25. Te Horo Beach, Kāpiti Coast – $854,200 …
  • 32. Paraparaumu, Kāpiti Coast – $936,600 …
  • 36. Otaihanga, Kāpiti Coast – $958,800 …
  • 38. Waiwhetū, Lower Hutt – $972,600

As at 25 January 2022 there are two properties listed for sale at Waikawa Beach:

  • 75 Strathnaver Drive, enquiries over $849,000
  • 10 Arthur Street, enquiries over $709,000
Screenshot: Properties for sale at Waikawa Beach.

Tongan volcanic eruption affects Waikawa Beach

In the early evening of Saturday 15 January 2022 many people at Waikawa Beach, and around Aotearoa New Zealand, were wondering what the thumping explosion noises they could hear were. It turned out they were from the massive eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano in Tonga — a one in 1,000 year event!

Since then have come warnings about coastal surges or tsunamis in various parts of the world — for NZ’s north and east coast in particular.

But even here at Waikawa Beach we saw unusual surges in the river. Watch this YouTube video from Sue Culver (linked with permission):

Did you know Tonga is about 2,500 Km away. The power of that eruption, that we could hear it at Waikawa Beach!

Update 21 January 2022: note the Comment by John Brown that this tidal surge was probably not related to the tsunami, but was rather a small tidal bore.

Latest E. Coli result at the footbridge

18 January 2022: 146 (green). See also Safe to swim? This post will be updated on the website each week. As of 11.59 pm on 23 January 2022 the whole of Aotearoa New Zealand is moving to the Red Covid-19 setting. There are restrictions on where we can go and what we can do at Red, such as limits on how many people can gather. But there are also everyday things that everyone can do. You can meet friends and whānau inside and outside, go shopping, access healthcare, attend school and travel.

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Footbridge closed 27 November 2021 for one day

Alert: the owners of the private land across the footbridge have asked us to advise the community:

on Saturday 27 November 2021 there will be no public access across the bridge and onto the private land as there will be an Orienteering event there that day. Access across the bridge will be closed from before 10 am until around 4 pm.

You’re still welcome to use the bridge and the private land before then and after the event.

Many thanks to the landowners for generously allowing the general public to use their land the rest of the time.