Most of the homes on countryside lifestyle blocks are sprawling affairs set back from the road, many with young trees planted for privacy. Some are renovated colonial houses, but most are more modern, built any time between the 1970s and today. Some properties are reminiscent of English country estates, with signs bearing fancy property names and security gates opening onto long, winding driveways. Think two storeys, open-plan space, huge windows, multiple bathrooms, conservatories, under-floor heating, double-glazing, double garages, landscaped gardens, patios and pools. Others, of course, are more modest.
The distinct area of Motukaraka Point, a 19th-century settlement-turned-small seaside enclave on the inlet's northern harbour, has a mix of renovated colonial cottages and sleek, angular modern homes on sections typically of around 800 square metres. Properties in the tiny Pauatahanui village vary widely, from restored historic homes to old do-up cottages and a sprinkling of modern family homes.