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Tiny boatshed for sale: Could this be your next bolthole?

By Admin Whangarei

There’s nothing half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats, to quote from The Wind in the Willows. But boatsheds seldom come on the market – they stay in the family, often passed on from one generation to the next. And if they are sold, it’s usually by word of mouth.

But here’s one in Whangarei that’s ripe for the picking. Boatshed number 6156, in Riverside Drive, is described by listing agent Charlie George of Ray White Whangarei as a “renovator’s dream in it’s original state, and in need of some TLC”.

“It’s a blank canvas waiting for someone to add their personal touch,” George says.

At just under 20 square metres, the boatshed is small, but it’s undeniably quaint, if somewhat rustic. But it can be made a lot more habitable, as there’s potential to install a toilet, running water, and wastewater systems.

“You can apply for resource consent and make it your own oasis. The current resource consent expires on 31 October 2023. A neighbouring shed had their consent extended until 2055.”

The boatshed, which sits on the Queen’s Chain on Hatea River, has consent for three piles to create a vessel berth.

George says because of the rarity value, it is not known just how much the boatshed will fetch at auction, on Wednesday evening, June 17, 2020.

“We simply can’t quote an exact figure as we can’t research a price – that’s what makes this asset so exciting,” he says. “But the vendor is motivated to sell and this slice of Aotearoa’s history for generations to come, will be sold.”


PHOTO: The tiny boatshed for sale on the Hatea River in Whangarei (in the centre of this photograph) sold under the hammer for $61,000. Two staff at the Northland Regional Council worked fulltime for two weeks dealing with enquiries about resource consent for the shed.

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