Makarora Country Cafe & Tourist Accommodation FHGC

Makarora Country Cafe incorporates a Cafe, bar, gifts, fuel and camping ground.  It is situated on approximately 1 hectare (10,086m2) of land on State Highway 6 between the West Coast and the Wanaka-Queenstown Southern Lakes region, 40 minutes north of Wanaka township and 5km north of the head of Lake Wanaka.

The property and business units are for sale as a Freehold Going Concern.

Currently there are several income streams within the property and complex and opportunity to add potential income streams:

Cafe, Restaurant, Ice Cream Counter

Bar (on premises and off premises sales)

Fuel Pumps 

Gift Shop (which could be developed further with local produce including honey, and wool / skin products)

Camping Grounds (both powered points and tent sites) - currently 10 service points for campervan parking and great onsite camper's kitchen, toilets and showers

Existing substantial Owners Residence which could be used as additional Tourist Accommodation as a Lodge or B&B operation

Cabins could be added to the existing Holiday Park

The vacant land (separate Title) fronting the State Highway (south of the existing Cafe complex) would be ideal for the development of motel studios or motel apartments)

The District Plan allows for both Commercial activity and visitor accommodation as a discretionary activity.

The Main Cafe / Kitchen Gifts Shop and Toilets comprise 399.3m2 plus a forecourt / canopy of 114.5m2 and a concreted paved outdoor dining deck / courtyard of 40m2.

The attractive 206.6m2 (plus verandas and decks of 58m2) dwelling comprises open plan kitchen, dining/living area, separate lounge, two bedrooms, bathroom, office, sewing room, laundry and verandas on the ground floor and a sitting room, two further bedrooms and a bathroom on the first floor. Much use has been made of native timbers (Matai and red Pine) for the floors, walls and ceilings).

Other buildings include the Utility Shed (20m2), Workshop (33m2), Carport (39m2), and Implement Shed (122m 2).

Other improvements include car parking for approximately 60 and bus parking for approximately 10 coaches, water supply from an 18 metre deep bore, two septic tanks, 2 x 7500 litre underground double skin fuel tanks and a stand with two fuel pumps, plus attractive landscaping, fencing, concrete paths, wooden edging and planting along with lawns, shrubs and trees.

In terms of staffing, this business allows the 2 owners to manage the business during the quiet periods and employ an additional 7 staff during the busy season.

Broker's comment:

After 11 years, the current vendors are motivated to hand over the reins to a new buyer, who may be a couple or extended family who can see the awesome opportunity to take this property and business to the next level.

This profitable business has been well maintained and all current certificates and licences are current including an "A" Grade Certificate for both the Cafe and the Camping Ground.

Over 26 years, the Tour Coaches and Regular Bus Connections have made this their preferred stop over including several Inter City / Newman’s Buses stopping twice a day, 365 days a year! 

The Business is a very simple operation with no specialist skills required and the current owners have extensive operation manuals prepared for the new owners and there will be a training period after settlement to ensure the new owners hit the ground running!

Seldom does such a great business on a large freehold site come along which also allows for future development opportunities.

Call the specialist Tourism Accommodation and Hospitality Business Broker, Adrian Chisholm, AREINZ to understand the full potential of this great business on 021 727888 or Email: