A builder by trade, Marcus Bracey has been involved in the building industry for over 20 years. It is his intricate knowledge of carpentry and the building process that easily imbues trust from his Whangarei clients.
Owner of Stonewood Homes Whangarei for seven years, he and his team of seven staff have won four Master Builders House of the Year Gold awards, including the 2021 Gold award for a stunning custom harbourfront home at Whangarei Heads.
Marcus brings his wealth of building experience to each and every building project his team take on and is passionate about providing the best advice to his clients.
“It is critical to get a builder/building company involved as early as possible, even when you’re just looking at a block of land, as a cheaper block may have issues that can actually end up costing you more to fix.”
- Marcus Bracey
Stonewood Homes Whangarei specialise in custom builds and house and land packages nz and can also manage knockdown rebuilds. The team are proudly local and sponsor bowling clubs, the Hikurangi Golf Club, SPCA, Manaia Junior Rugby, Hora Hora Rugby, and the Cancer Society.
Stonewood Homes Whangarei service the following suburbs and surrounding areas:
*Kamo *Springs Flat *Tikipunga *Three Mile Bush *Otangarei *Mairtown *Regent *Kensington *Whau Valley *Morningside *Raumanga *Maunu *Horahora *Woodhill *The Avenues Riverside *Port Whangarei *Sherwood Rise *Onerahi *Parahaki
With its subtropical climate, central marina, a thriving arts culture and stunning beaches nearby, Whangarei is an ideal city to call home.
The Whangarei town basin, flanked by a sheltered marina, is the focal point of the city, with the newest landmark being the spectacular Hundertwasser Art Centre. The Whangārei Art Museum is also located in the town basin, along with independent galleries. The 4.2km Hātea Loop Walkway features sculptures along its route and the Street Prints Manaia art trail includes 15 murals throughout town.
The summit of Mount Parihaka is the highest point in the city and was once the site of the largest Māori Pā (fortified village) in New Zealand. The Whangarei District features six stunning waterfalls and a host of beautiful beaches, all within an hours’ drive from Whangarei city. The Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve is also close by and is considered one of the top ten dive sites in the world.
Other notable Whangarei attractions are the Whangarei Quarry Gardens, set within a disused quarry and the native forest at the AH Reed Memorial Park. This remnant of the original kauri forest features a tree-top boardwalk, stately kauri trees and the Pukenui waterfall.
Tourism; agriculture, horticulture and forestry; aquaculture; manufacturing and marine engineering are the key industry sectors in Whangarei.
The Whangarei District supports over 100,000 dairy cattle, producing an average of 184kg milk fat annually per cow, about 100,000 sheep, and 850,000 beef cattle. The main food crops grown in the area are avocado, olives, macadamia nuts, apples and persimmons and there are also areas of kiwifruit, tamarillo, passionfruit, strawberries and citrus fruit. Whangarei has around 35,000 hectares of exotic forest wood plantations.
The National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) facility, Australasia’s largest aquaculture research centre and production facility is located in Whangarei and supports a growing aquaculture industry throughout New Zealand.
In the manufacturing sector, Whangarei is home to Refining NZ – New Zealand’s only oil refinery, Culham Engineering – one of the nation’s largest fabrication facilities, SPIIND – who provide onsite mechanical and electrical maintenance services to industries throughout New Zealand, McRaes Global Engineering Ltd – a leader in hydraulics, engineering and controls, Hansen Products – who design, manufacture and distribute pipe fittings and valves around the world, Golden Bay Cement – New Zealand’s largest cement manufacturer and the Circa Marine foundry – which produces aluminium and steel.
Whangarei is the closest marine engineering precinct to southern cruise routes and is recognised as a boat building and marine engineering hub. It is a popular stopover for yachties sailing to New Zealand and the greater South Pacific.
Residents and visitors have an abundance of shopping choices in Whangarei, including large shopping centres and smaller artisan businesses. The Growers Market is a Whangarei institution and is held every Saturday in downtown Whangarei.
For families looking to move to Whangarei, students are well catered for in the area, with NorthTec’s main campus located in the suburb of Raumanga and The University of Auckland maintaining a campus in the city centre. In Whangarei there are 6 high schools, 2 intermediate schools and 13 primary schools.