Ownership & Operating Structure

Mataka’s coastline encloses a fully operational sheep and cattle station and a large private conservation estate include a private and secure environment, preserving for its owners all the natural beauty of New Zealand. Mataka has been farmed for approximately 100 years.

House Sites

Within each property, each owner is entitled to construct one dwelling together with ancillary buildings on a designated house site subject to the owner conforming with all applicable planning requirements and securing any applicable consents from all relevant territorial Authorities and a guest or manager’s house.
All owners wish to maintain high level building standards and preserve the rural character of Mataka Station. Accordingly, buildings and landscaping must be designed within the parameters of the design guidelines (the Design Guidelines). Owners may fence off from the farmland, at his or her option, an area of up to 10 acres (4 ha) of land immediately adjacent to, and surrounding, the house site for gardens or parkland surrounding each owner’s house.
Land Covenants
All owners wish to ensure that the key features of ownership of a Lot at Mataka Station are preserved to their property for all time and may be transferred to subsequent purchasers.
The mechanism by which this is achieved is a system of Land Covenants, which are permanently attached to the Certificates of Title to all properties on Mataka Station, preserving each owner’s rights. The Land Covenants and the associated rules govern features such as common access, maintenance of roads, the beach lodge, boatsheds and other common facilities. Design Guidelines ensure a high standard of development, and provisions for use of properties to preserve the rural retreat character of Mataka Station.
The Land Covenants provide that: each owner will grant access to the other owners over the Common Areas to enable all owners to use and enjoy Mataka Station; each owner will grant access to the Association over their respective properties (excluding house sites and extended house site areas) to enable the Association to carry out its functions including the maintenance of the infrastructure and the communal facilities and the creation of such further improvements as the Association may elect in the future; certain properties are subject to specific Land Covenants to provide for the planting of trees to screen house sites from neighbouring properties or for the relevant owner to acknowledge that certain communal facilities will be located on their property, such as the beach lodge and boatsheds; each owner is required to belong to the Association and to observe and perform the obligations of a member of the Association including the restrictions on the use of individual properties at Mataka Station and the payment of levies in respect of maintenance

Building Development

Mataka is a premium residential enclave and a master planned development.
The owners of Mataka wish to ensure the rural character of the Mataka is retained and that the buildings contain a degree of design integrity that is sympathetic to the landscape as well as containing historical reference points to Mataka Station; it is important that the new buildings shall be varied sufficiently to illustrate they have come from different desks. The owners also recognise that each of the owners will wish to ensure that their own home reflects their individual requirements and vision; the manner in which that balance will be achieved is by retaining an apparent consistency of materials and, especially, quality of design, sympathetic to the landscape and rural character of Mataka.
By way of example, a stained shingle cottage with a superb underlying design containing rural and historical reference points will sit as comfortably within the landscape as a firmly modern concrete and glass finished structure with the same quality of design and reference points; all designs for new buildings on Mataka are required to comply with the Design Guidelines and the rules contained in the Far North District Plan.


All landscaping must be carried out in accordance with the Design Guidelines.


To preserve access and safety within the internal road system, Owners are required to observe parking restrictions and ensure that they and their guests drive in a safe and considerate manner at all times.
Prior to undertaking excavations or earthworks in the vicinity of any known archeological site, Owners must undertake an archeological survey of relevant areas to protect historic sites and comply with New Zealand law. In the event that such survey reveals the existence of historic or archeological features no excavations or earthworks will be permitted except with the consent of, and in accordance with, the requirements of the Historic Places Trust and the Association.
Resource Management Consents
Each Owner is required to comply with the terms of the resource consents issued in relation to the property – principally, to not destroy the Conservation Areas and to maintain a pest control programme (which will be carried out by the Association).
Iwi Access
Local Maori families (who have many centuries association with the property), have been granted a right of access twice a year to defined destinations on terms to be agreed on each occasion.
Public Access
Public foot access during daylight hours has been granted within the valley at Oihi Bay, on the terms set out in the Resource Management consent.
Farming Lease
The whole of the farmland within Mataka Station is farmed under a lease providing for the care and maintenance of the land. Each property is sold subject to the farming lease.  Farming is to be conducted in accordance with the farming policy from time to time under the terms of the lease. To preserve the quality and appearance of the pastureland for all Owners, Mataka Station Limited is required to meet minimum standards of maintenance set out in the lease. Rental is paid to the Association on behalf of all Owners.
Design Guidelines
The following Design Guidelines are designed to protect the interest of all Owners in protecting the character of Mataka Station as an international, private estate. The Design Guidelines are additional to the requirements of the relevant District and Regional Plans.

Site Development

Overall Design
Overall co-ordination of design is important in creating a master planned development and in preserving the integrity and beauty of the natural landscape for all Owners. Planting and landscaping are key elements in this process.
Building Location
The location of house sites may be altered with the approval of the Design Committee and the location of an additional guest or managers house will require such approval. The Design Committee will principally be concerned to ensure the alteration does not adversely affect the views from, or privacy of, any other house site in the vicinity, and does not disturb any archaeological site, but may take any other relevant factors into account.
Private access-ways from the communal rights of way to house sites shall be designed to minimise visual intrusion in the landscape. Access-ways shall be unsealed and finished in appropriate aggregate or formed in asphalt or concrete coloured and configured to merge with the surrounding landscape as far as possible.
Paving & Drainage
Impermeable paving within house sites should be minimised as far as possible and drainage directed to avoid soil disturbance.
Fences, Walls, Retaining Walls
In general, fencing – ie. height, weight, material – is discouraged, and, conversely, walls and hedges are encouraged; it is not envisaged pickets, palings or ironwork will be an appropriate fencing material, however, traditional rural post and wire fencing for the control of livestock or pets could be seen as appropriate; walls, generally of masonry, could reflect the material palette as for house foundation – ie: plaster on block-work, insitu fair-faced concrete, or local stone or boulders; height of wall needs to be appropriate to both landscape and buildings. Appropriate species of hedge plants to form slabs of hedging of both rural and domestic scale are also seen as suitable.
Services and Utilities
All services and utilities, including tanks, shall be located below ground. External service areas should be integrated within the building structure so that rubbish, storage and similar items are not visible from outside the house site; satellite dishes and antennae shall be erected in a manner that minimises the extent to which they may be seen from outside the house site.