Matakana tourism hub for sale

3:21 PM Friday November 17, 2017 True Commercial

The property at 1151 Leigh Rd. Photo / Supplied

Land and buildings housing Matakana Country Park — one of the biggest hospitality and tourism operations in the Auckland region — are on the market for sale.

The venue 45 minutes north of Auckland CBD stands upon a 17.97ha site, one comprising multiple food and beverage operations, tourism and leisure activities.

There’s also a large event and concert-hosting venue, equestrian arena and several retail outlets, adds Bayleys in the North agent Mark Macky.

The property — at 1151 Leigh Rd — is for sale by tender through Bayleys in the North (tenders closing December 7), and it features in Bayleys’ Total Property portfolio magazine.

McKay says it was developed by entrepreneur John Baker in the early 2000s, who was inspired while walking through the Butchart Gardens on Vancouver Island.

The freehold 17.97ha property opened with a single restaurant, a playground and rustic barn-like complex, which hosted a weekend arts and crafts market.

Macky says the venue is now one of the biggest tourism destinations in the district, offering huge potential to build on the existing infrastructure and attractions.

The land is zoned mixed rural under the Unitary Plan, while a Matakana 2 Precinct overlay allows for current consented commercial expansion.

Combined, the multiple tenancies — all on different lease terms and conditions — generate an annual gross income of $245,869.

Additional revenue from functions and events is forecast to be $99,482 in the coming 12 months,” Macky says.

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The rustic complex hosts art shows and a crafts market. Photo / Supplied

Summer concerts

“Matakana Country Park benefits from being a vertically integrated tourism and hospitality venue, servicing a broad range of target markets.

“These from the local population utilising its food and beverage entities on a regular basis, through to visitors and tourists accessing the retail outlets, and bookings from the substantial number of wedding and corporate users.”

The venue is a popular summer outdoor music venue, attracting crowds of around 5,000 to concerts over the last five years, says Bayleys’ Gary Caldwell.

Among the international and local acts to have perform there are Pat Benatar, America, Starship, 10CC, Lynyrd Skynryd, Six60, Shapeshifter, Shihad and Gin Wigmore. Canadian rocker Bryan Adams is booked in for a concert at Matakana this summer, as is Kiwi music legend Dave Dobbyn.

Food and beverage outlets within the setting include The Stables Restaurant, used for hosting large functions and group bookings, the neighbouring blacksmith-themed Smiths Bar, and the ‘coffee and muffin’ style Brambles Cafe.

Retail activities include Art Matakana, jeweller John Crockett Goldsmith, body-artist Uptown Tattoo, team-building outdoor activities company Action Matakana, gymnasium studio Fitness Matakana, Matakana Pony Rides, horse-drawn buggy operator Matakana Carriages, Matakana Bicycle Hire, and a wellness and health clinic, The Remedy Room.

Eight freehold parcels

Matakana Country Park comprises eight separate parcels of freehold land — of which seven can be purchased individually, in any combination, or as one unified portfolio.

The lot composition encompasses land already resource consented, or currently used by:

The Woolshed function venue, Brambles cafe, Matakana Fitness gym’ studio, and Art Matakana; land and building housing Stables Restaurant and Smith’s Bar.

There is an outdoor equestrian arena and track/outdoor music concert venue; a confidence and adventure course.

Planned attractions include an automotive museum, a cheese-making premises and a veterinary clinic.

A common lot carpark and farmers market area are already in use.

Bayleys in the North director Mark Macky sees huge potential to build on the existing infrastructure and attractions.

Under Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan, the land at 1151 Leigh Rd is zoned mixed rural and has a Matakana 2 Precinct overlay to it — allowing for current consented commercial expansion.

“Combined, the multiple tenancies — all on different lease terms and conditions — generate an annual gross income of $245,869. Additional revenue from functions and events is forecast to be $99,482 in the coming 12 months,” Macky says.