Waitarere Holiday Home – Emerald House

Waitārere Beach – Activities

Middle Earth playground, Waitārere

  • A small village just north of Levin has a secret.
  • In a reserve, right beside the beach is a magical fairy realm called Middle Earth.
  • Yes, it is real and no I haven’t been standing next to the petrol pump for too long when filling up.

Dedicated locals have built, in the forest, quite possibly the best example of Kiwi-ingenuity-turned-into-a-playground I’ve ever seen.
The playground holds old boats, jet skis, surfboards, tyres and more repurposed items hanging, swinging and resting amongst the trees, offering hours of delight.
The path up to the playground is covered with quirky and cute tiny ceramics, artworks and houses for the Fairies. I’m told it’s the “best-kept well-known secret” spot around, that’s why I can’t say the name of the town, but it’s after Levin and before Foxton.

Waitārere Beach

One of the best-kept secrets of the North Island’s west coast is regarded as the place to go when you want to get away from it all. Within easy commuting distance from Wellington (New Zealand’s Capital City), and from nearby Palmerston North, Waitārere Beach is an ideal spot for either a weekend getaway or as a permanent residence.

The Waitārere Beach community includes a well-stocked Four Square Store, takeaways, café and restaurant. There are plenty of parks and reserves to keep the kids busy at, with the Waitārere Domain being a favourite.


Levin is the nearest town, is 10 minute’s easy drive should you need something more.

Waitārere Beach is wide and sandy, allowing plenty of room for all your favourite beach activities including land yachts, four-wheel motor bikes,
surfing and fishing. The beach slowly drops off into deep water so there’s plenty of safe paddling space for the youngsters, and during the summer months the surf club set up patrol. Waitārere Beach is also a popular fishing spot where Kahawai, Snapper, Groper, Gurnard, Flounder and Sole are the most common catches.

Other reserves and parks nearby

Hudson Reserve, Waitārere Beach
Holmwood Park, Waitārere Beach
Waitārere Esplanade Reserve, Foreshore and Surf Club, Waitārere Beach
Waitārere Domain, Waitārere Beach