slideKerikeri’s visual appeal is the trees and hedges, many originating from the orchard industry, and these mask the houses hidden behind. Unfortunately Kerikeri has seen some wide-open housing estates reminiscent of South Auckland, devoid of trees and visual interest so Alderton Park was developed as a visual treat in a nearly hidden valley, yet only 500m from the town centre and the town’s schools. The back-drop of ponga trees and gums have been enhanced by tastefully designed ponds and newer native plantings with walkways along Wiroa Stream below the subdivision and across ponds to the tennis court available to residents.

Alderton Park’s proximity to town means a night out at the many restaurants or at the miltiplex is within easy walking distance so a glass or two of wine wont lead to any driving license issues. Students walk safely to and from Kerikeri public schools without even crossing a road.

Alderton Park’s roads are all hot-mix tar-seal with continuous concrete kerbing and exposed aggregate footpaths, all to a standard considerably better than the surrounding council roads. Every section has a connection to the council sewerage system plus water, electricity and telecommunications services. Those new to the North may not realize just how important it is having a sewerage connection as most sections in the North do not, and new owners find themselves facing bills well in excess of $25,000 to fit their own, expensive-to-run aerated sewerage treatment plants, plus another $10,000 for water tanks, filters and pumps.

All of Alderton Park’s sections have earthworks permits already, have no problems with HAIL (hazardous chemical) tests and all the development contributions have already been paid. There are design covenants to ensure that the houses follow a contemporary style allowing them all to be different but avoiding the value damaging surprise of a bright, mock-Spanish monstrosity or some other unwelcome style appearing next door.

The covenants and design rules are listed elsewhere.