Big Pauanui land block with golf course

3:25 PM Friday December 8, 2017 Colin Taylor

This aerial view includes the 75.9ha property for sale at 100 Augusta Drive Pauanui. Photo / Supplied

A big block of land zoned for the creation of a high-end resort hotel or retirement village and including a landscaped golf course is for sale in Pauanui on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula.

The 75.9ha property encompasses:

  • a 1.99ha block of development land zoned for the creation of a 120 room or 270 bed accommodation facility with approved Resource Consent in place – defined as either a hotel, retirement village, lodge, golfing academy or apartment block;
  • the 18-hole Lakes Resort Pauanui Golf Course which plays off 6171m from the championship tees;
  • a two-storey 1858sq m golf course facility – including bar/restaurant, dining area/conference centre, pro’ shop, toilet and showers amenities, along with the administration offices and garage storage for 30 motorised carts on the lower level; and
  • a 736sq m greenkeeper’s complex used for the storage of all landscaping and turf management equipment and machinery.

The land, buildings and business comprising the Lakes Resort Pauanui Golf Course, along with the adjacent consented greenfield development block, are being jointly marketed for sale by international tender closing on February 28, 2018, through David Bayley of Bayleys Auckland and Geoff Graham of Bayleys Thames.

Bayley says the property at 100 Augusta Drive is zoned for Rural use under the Thames Coromandel District Council’s plan and the golf course is about 4km from the township of Pauanui, one of the Coromandel’s most popular beach destinations.

He says numerous current resource consents have allowed for the commercialisation and land-use intensification of the property on which the Lakes Resort Pauanui Golf Course is located.

Sitting in a valley surrounded by forest-covered hills, the Lakes Resort Pauanui golf course was designed by Canadian Grant Piddicombe and opened in 2004. Man-made wetland and lake hazards throughout the Lakes Resort Pauanui Golf Course acts as a natural habitat for many indigenous bird species.

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The 18-hole Lakes Resort Pauanui Golf Course and clubhouse depicted here, are included in the sale. Photo / Supplied

The impressive Lakes Resort Pauanui facility features an expansive open plan floor space, courtyard, and covered terraced decking, overlooking the ninth fairway and green along with the 18th green and fairway. The general dining/socialising area is serviced by a licensed bar and a large fully equipped commercial kitchen.

“Positioned at the foot of tree-clad hills, delivering wide vistas over the golf course, the dual-level facility with its indoor-outdoor flow is one of the most imposing structures of its type on any course in New Zealand,” Bayley says.

The ‘greenfield’ development block of land is an elongated site on an elevated position overlooking the entire golf course and is situated around 200m from the restaurant, bar and pro-shop. The block sits immediately alongside the entrance road to the course and a residential gated community which is not part of the sale.

Bayley says concept plans for the accommodation amenity feature multiple low-rise buildings which could be configured to multiple different target markets depending on their end-use

“The development opportunity for a tourism and hospitality venture is underpinned by Pauanui’s geographic location on the fringe of New Zealand’s economic and population ‘Golden Triangle’ of Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga,” he says.

“The development of ancillary eco’ attractions – operating in conjunction with the golf course resort – could create a true destination entity. For example, within the 75.9ha block there are numerous bush tracks suitable for both expanding existing walkway tracks and adding mountain biking trails.

“Such an all-inclusive destination could then tap more into the corporate markets within the Golden Triangle, and simultaneously increase the marketing opportunity to both the free-independent and organised international visitor sectors.”

Graham says the course is operating on several favourable water irrigation permits issued through the Thames Coromandel District Council.

“The course is permitted to extract up to 900 cubic metres of irrigation water daily from a tributary creek running through the property. A separate permit allows for the damming and diversion of three other tributaries on the property to draw irrigation water for the greens and fairways from its many lakes,” he says.

“Lakes Resort Pauanui has been designed around these tributary creeks to create natural lateral hazards which have found the ball from many a golfer’s stray hook or slice. The course is regarded by many golfers to be among the top 20 golf courses in New Zealand and represents exceptionally good value for players when compared to the likes of Cape Kidnappers, Kauri Cliffs, Wairakei, Jack’s Point or The Hills.

“Several stone and wooden bridges have been built over these tributaries to provide a beautiful aspect to the course’s natural landscape, terrain, and surrounding hillside features. A substantial elevated boardwalk between the fourth and fifth holes over an ecological wetland area also pays credence to the course’s environmental sensibilities.”

A gated residential enclave of over 150 properties is located beside the course overlooking several of the lakes and holes.

While the residential component of Pauanui Lakes Resort is not part of the land offering for sale, the Lakes Resort has commercial arrangements in place with several dwelling owners to lease their premises when golfing tournaments and events are being hosted.

“Obviously, accommodation is the final piece of any vertically-integrated large-scale destination tourism jigsaw. Pauanui Lakes Resort already has the activity attractions, the food and beverage services, and the conference/function venue amenities,” Graham says.

“With accommodation currently being outsourced, the development of a hotel or lodge would complete the existing picture. Any facility offering the capacity to sleep about 270 guests would open up the door to target far bigger markets than those now available.”

He cites figures from Statistics New Zealand showing the number of in-bound international ‘golf tourists’ rose 23 per cent to the year ending April 2016, compared to the same period a year before. Concurrently, spending in New Zealand by international ‘golf tourists’ rose by 18 per cent over the same period.

The Statistics New Zealand figures also highlight that international ‘golf tourists’ stay an average of 27 nights in New Zealand - compared to an average of 16 nights stay for mainstream international visitors. The tourism data spotlights that the bulk of ‘golfing tourists’ playing New Zealand courses come from Australia, China, the United Kingdom and the USA.

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David Bayley, Bayleys Auckland