About Claire Chapman
We are Greg and Claire Chapman. We retired in 2012 after the sale of our construction business and as we have owned this section for fifteen years we decided the time was right to relocate to Waitarere. In 2017 we revisited and redesigned the house plan; setting the building construction in motion. Our other family member is Harley – our Schnauzer. Harley has free range of the house and garden but much to his disappointment he is not allowed in the guest apartment or patio area. We have both been, and are still active in golf, walking, biking, kayaking, white-baiting and fishing, and wanted to assimilate our lifestyle with meeting people – a bed and breakfast seemed the perfect solution! While we have travelled overseas, we are now keen to share our home with fellow travellers both from New Zealand and from around the world – while showcasing a small part of our world to you. And as to the name ‘THE ANCHORAGE’ there is a 7.5 tonne, 102-year-old cast iron anchor on the front lawn! We are unsure what ship this came from, but the anchor (the design is called an Admiralty Pattern which was designed in the 1830’s) came from a propulsion steam/sail ship from Tahiti and provides a great landmark for guests. All we have to say when directing people to our bed and breakfast is, “to look for the anchor”. Who needs a letterbox!
Claire Chapman purchased this House in 2017
Why Claire Chapman chose Waitarere Beach
THE ANCHORAGE guest suite can accommodate one to six people at one booking. You may be a couple away for a special weekend, visitors to New Zealand, campervan travellers, a family on a holiday or a group of friends visiting for a specific event. One group, one booking for this luxury suite. Access to the bed and breakfast suite is gained through its own entrance via an external pathway which gives access to both the apartment front door and private patio area. The bedroom contains a queen-sized bed, 100% cotton percale sheets and bed linen, generous double wardrobe, remote-controlled ceiling fan, heating panel on the wall, and a beautiful rimu free-standing tilt mirror. The separate lounge contains two, two-seater leather suites for your comfort. Sit back and relax; watch satellite TV or Netflix or read a book. Free Wi-Fi is also available. The lounge also has a fully stocked kitchenette. Two sets of custom-built king-single bunks (which can sleep up to four people) are located against one wall of this lounge. These bunks have been designed to be screened off with roller blinds when not in use. The bunks are separated by a carpeted staircase for easy access to the top bunks. 100% cotton percale sheets and bed linen are also supplied. Both the bedroom and lounge have sliding double glazed doors that open onto the west facing private patio. This patio comprises modern rattan furniture and a Webber BBQ for your own use. There is a separate tiled bathroom with a walk-in shower. Pamper yourself (or yourselves) in the free-standing bath enjoying the bubble bath and bath salts which are available for your use. There is a separate toilet. Both the bathroom and toilet have tiled underfloor heating to keep you cosy. Continental breakfast is included in the daily room tariff. There is also access to the owner’s laundry facilities should you feel the need to catch up on your washing while staying with us.
What makes this House unique
The suite is paraplegic friendly – with ramped access, grab rails in the toilet and bathroom and extra wide doors and passageway.
Check-in: 4:00 pm
Check-out: 11:00 am
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Waitarere Beach is small coastal settlement with a resident population of eight hundred people swelling to about four thousand during the height of summer. Just ten minutes north of Levin and an hour and half from Wellington. The beach is part of New Zealand's largest dune field stretching 200km from Paekakariki to Patea north west of Wanganui, and rates as one of the top ten beaches in New Zealand.
From 1920 to 1940 there was a massive development in farming and forestry. Waitarere Beach became a seaside resort as well as a forestry centre. Further subdivision has brought more people to Waitarere Beach.
In June 1878 the square rigged sailing ship Hydrabad was struck by a severe storm and deliberately drove into Waitarere Beach. All crew survived and although inundated with sand, the Hydrabad can just be seen in the sand dunes today.
There is a fully stocked Four Square, cafe (which is open seven days), gift shop, liquor outlet, art gallery, restaurant and fish and chip shop, which means you do not have to travel outside Waitarere Beach for most of your needs.
There are great walking tracks in the nearby Taurarua Ranges, beach walks, and forest walks. Biking in the forest is also a popular attraction, as is the annual husky sledging races and marathon races.
Middle Earth is a children's playground in the south forest, as is the Fairy Garden - both a huge attraction with the children.
Waitarere Beach is a very safe swimming beach. A great fishing beach where you can catch snapper, gurnard and kahawai, and whitebaiting (in season) in the local rivers (Manawatu or Hokio).
Waitarere Beach has a micro-climate. It can be raining in nearby Levin, but sunny here at the beach. Most locals have a vegetable garden which flourish here at the beach.
Waitarere Beach is becoming a mix of typical kiwi bachs and larger modern bachs and any property which appears on the real estate market, is not available for sale for long. With the advent of the new motorways being developed from Wellington to Levin, Waitarere Beach is becoming a very attractive settlement as a location for employees to live and work further afield.
We have been living here for nearly two years and absolutely love it! We are very active, and are into fishing, whitebaiting, gardening, golf, tennis, and walking. I (Claire) have a gallery where I create ketes - flax woven baskets, and Greg sharpens knives. The Bed and Breakfast gives us an opportunity to meet new people and keeps us young both in mind and body. Come and experience Waitarere Beach for yourselves - you will not be disappointed.