Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 

Kiwi-built complex with extensive lodging options for sale


10.10.2019



A rustic country lodge nestled at the base of Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is on the market for sale.

Known as Out in the Styx, 2117 Arapuni Road, Pukeatua in the Waikato has resonated with travelers, cyclists and hikers over the past 24 years since its establishment by the owners Lance and Mary Hodgson.

The lodge has three detached wings consisting of six ensuite rooms accommodating up to 20 guests and three bunkrooms for up to 15 guests.

The property is marketed for sale by Bayleys Hamilton salesperson Scott Macdonald with a tender process closing October 23.

“The property provides an opportunity for a new owner to expand existing operations or to consider a wide range of alternative uses including rural business retreat/function ventures, workers' accommodation for the local area or even an extensive family living complex,” Mr Macdonald said.

Designed using principles of passive energy to provide year round comforts, the property has approximately 0.85 hectares of grounds with mature gardens and northerly views out to the 3,400 hectare Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, which has the largest pest-proof fence in the world. The 47 kilometre fence line offers a safe haven for many of the country's most endangered species.

At the heart of the complex is a central dining area with open plan living, high stud timber ceilings and an open fire, creating a relaxed country atmosphere for guests.

“The accommodation, with food provided, is a large part of the business, and is a major drawcard for clientele. It has attracted glowing Trip Advisor reviews. We enjoy entertaining through the restaurant, which is popular with guests, visitors and locals,” Mr Hodgson, said.

An extended intergenerational family could consider this complex as a home to accommodate them comfortably. The owner’s residence has five ensuite double bedrooms which open to a deck over the gardens, with some rooms having views to the mountain.

“With its close proximity to the local primary school over the road and the bus for Te Awamutu College passing the gate, it’s a property that is well positioned for families to access education yet enjoy the rural lifestyle. Further amenities include community tennis courts and a 20 metre swimming pool at the school.

There are other numerous alternatives for the property which could include a spa/wellness retreat, a live-in ecological study centre or boutique hotel.

Mr Macdonald said the main benefit of the property is its location, drawing guests to Sanctuary Mountain and both the Waikato River and Te Awa Cycle Trails, as well as a position near key tourist attractions - the Waitomo Caves (45 kilometres away), Rotorua, Hamilton (each one hours’ drive) and 35 minutes from Hobbiton.

The Hodgsons say the property and business would suit an owner operator or manager if a buyer wanted to continue the existing operations. “They also see potential growth through marketing and believe they have created a multi-use complex that will be a great base for future development,” Mr Macdonald said.

The couple said they have enjoyed good times at the lodge bringing up four children and are now selling to spend more time with their grandchildren.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

LA-London Out; Auckland-NY In: "New Era" For Air NZ International

Air New Zealand is accelerating its ambitions for North America and will launch a non-stop service between Auckland and New York using its 787-9 Dreamliner in October 2020. More>>

ALSO:

Data Investment: Govt Backs Te Reo, Environmental Data Research

The Government is investing in ambitious research that will digitise Te Reo, grow the low-carbon protein efficient aquaculture industry, help interpret environmental trends, and large data sets says Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan ... More>>

ALSO:

Training: 27 Percent Increase In Trades Academy Places

Two secondary-school initiatives are being expanded as part of the Government’s plan to see more young New Zealanders take up a trade to help close the skills gap. More>>

ALSO:

Unsolicited Messages: NZ Company Fined $36,000

The New Zealand Trustees Association (NZTA) and founder, Errol Anderson, have been fined a total penalty of NZ$ 44,000 in the Auckland High Court for sending unsolicited commercial electronic messages. More>>

Marine And Freshwater Reports: EDS Calls For Urgent Action On Marine Management

“There are some big issues to address. These include many marine species and habitats that are in serious trouble. Of the sample investigated, the report finds that 22% of marine mammals, 90% of seabirds and 80% of shorebirds are threatened with or actually at risk of extinction..." More>>

ALSO: