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Written by Wayne Thompson, New Zealand Herald   
Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Mathew Vujcich, principal ranger for ARC northern parks, says Atiu Creek Farm will appeal to those who want to escape the city. Photo / Greg Bowker

Atiu Creek Farm was a scrub-covered Kaipara back block 50 years ago; today it looks like a groomed English estate with exotic and native trees cradling fields that gently roll down to a placid harbour.

From one of many grassy knolls, you see the farm's tree-filled gully system stretching far into the distance; some gullies lead to tidal creeks where mullet jump and shags gulp down their prey.

Thin crescents of shelly beaches and silver flashes of water mark the boundaries of other farms on peninsulas of the Kaipara Harbour's shores and, to the north, lie the blue Brynderwyn Hills.

Not a piece of corrugated iron or rusting implement can be seen on any of its 843ha.

Buildings are brick and tile. Even the big woolshed is made of cool, solid concrete and, unusually, has a cafeteria-standard lunchroom and efficient ventilation and effluent flushing systems.

Tomorrow, the people of the nation, who are now the owners of Atiu Creek Farm, get a chance to preview its charms ahead of its opening next March as an Auckland regional park.

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