New Zealand offers many spectacular beach communities from which you drive 30 minutes to get a loaf of bread. By contrast, Coopers Beach is at the centre of a mini-conurbation stretching eight kilometres from Mangonui to Taipa, with an impressive infrastructure supplying all necessities.
Market in easy walking distance
Within easy walking distance is the Coopers Beach Shopping Centre, with a new 4 Square market, ATM, butcher shop, liquor store, restaurant, hairdresser and sports shop. Also a medical centre, dental clinic, pharmacy, natural health clinic, ambulance station and veterinary clinic. There is a petrol station, hardware store and auto repair services.
More local shops
For the sports minded, there is a gymnasium, lawn bowling club and tennis court. Of course the beach offers swimming, fishing, and jogging, and there are several hiking tracks on Taumarumaru reserve. A community golf course is 15 minutes drive away, while world-class clubs at Kauri Cliffs and Carrington Resort are 45 minutes by car.
There is a Baptist church, and in Mangonui nearby, is the historic St Andrew's Anglican Church which also offers Catholic Masses on Sunday afternoons.
4 kilometres east, is the historic whaling village of Mangonui, famous for its Fish and Chips shop. It offers several restaurants, an historic Kiwi pub, gift shops, a post office with Kiwibank facilities, Police station, Fire Brigade, primary school and legal and accounting services.
4 kilometres west is Taipa, with a famous bakery, area school, lighting & electrical store, petrol station and other shops.
30 minutes by car takes you to Kaitaia, with hospital, all major banks and many familiar New Zealand retail outlets.
Kerikeri, with Air New Zealand services to Bay of Islands airport, is about one hour drive away.
Possibly the most important 'community element' is the presence of welcoming neighbours who will pick up your mail, watch your house when you are away, possibly offer you a fish, and certainly provide a wealth of 'local knowledge'.