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Amazing 1950's themed Americana Cafe For Sale!

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Property Information

The stunning Route 6 Cafe is for sale!

This Beautiful 1950's Americana themed cafe is renowned for it's incredible one of a kind interior, featuring a stunning 1955 Dodge Kingsway... inside the cafe!!!

Route 6's Americana theme is made complete with it's authentic 1950's style booths and stools imported from the USA.

"Wow!" is the word commonly heard from people entering the door of this cafe.
Here they have magically blended Americana with Kiwiana, and it all perfectly suits the cafe - not only because of its prime position on the well travelled SH 6, but also because of the 1950s building that houses it.

The building (approx 200 sqm), being the old bank has its own unique history that they have managed to preserve, and tie into the theme. The building is also solid - they didn’t do things by halves when they built the bank in the 50s, and the interior has been modernised to the same standard with new wiring, plumbing and linings throughout.

There have been countless requests to franchise the business from many customers who want to see Route 6 in other places - they love the model, and the brand has been setup with this in mind.

While it's stunning design and great location attract tourists from all over New Zealand to seek out this one of a kind cafe, it's exceptional burgers, coffee and customer service, keep them coming back and ensure ongoing local trade and recommendations.

Route 6 also operates as the local Post Centre, adding an additional income stream.

Included in the sale:

  • Stunning interior... 1955 Dodge Kingsway!
  • Well known and well regarded business
  • Great brand recognition through awards and publications
  • Excellent website
  • Outstanding tourist trade and local support
  • Opportunity to franchise
  • Additional income stream from Post Centre

Route 6 has gained a lot of publicity from it's NZ's Cafe of the Year nomination in the 2015 Hospitality NZ Awards, and its selection as a 2014 Top Shop Finalist for Retailers Association Top Shop Award for People's Choice.

The business has also had prominently exposure in several magazines over the years including North and South, Motorhomes, Caravans & Destinations, NZ Today, RV Magazine and Hospitality Business magazine (please see the 'Documents' section for more details).
It also featured in the book Petrol Heads by Steve Holmes.

There are three purchase options currently available:

  • Option 1: Business only $150,000 +GST if any
  • Option 2: Business + the building $290,000 +GST if any
  • Option 3: Business + the building + 3 bedroom house $490,000 +GST if any

Brokers comments: This stunning business is a once in a lifetime opportunity, looking for someone to come in and take it to the next level. With it's fantastically realised theme, excellent location, ongoing local support and the additional income stream as the local Post Centre, plus the option to franchise, this really is an opportunity not to be missed!

For more information: Please contact Adrian Chisholm, your specialist tourism broker on Mobile 021727888 or outside of New Zealand on +6421727888, or by email at



Lumsden is located about an hour’s drive north from Invercargill and an hour south of Queenstown.

Once a major railway junction with lines departing to all four points of the compass, now heritage buildings line the main streets, housing a number of quirky cafes, bars and restaurants.

The town is a stopover on some of the nation's premier cycle routes including the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail, and riders can meander through high country farms, scenic lakes, rivers and diverse landscapes surrounding Lumsden.

The stunning Northern Southland scenery can be enhanced by spending a night in the backcountry huts sprinkled along the way.


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Total reviews: 94  |  Rating: #1 of 4 Restaurants in Lumsden  |  4-5 star Rating: 84% of reviews!

What Route 6 Cafe And Bar customers are saying:

"Great place" ★★★★★ 

Great place for dinner and lunch. The Kumara fries are delicious! You could use the power for charger your laptop The local decoration is fantastic!

"Great food and service!" ★★★★★ 

Great selection of food and great coffee. Friendly staff. Cheese rolls are a must! :) definitely visit this place over others in town ...

"WOW" ★★★★★ 

Great service , great food, fast service 50's ambience. Novel. Great for young and old, single, couples and families.

"Great Service" ★★★★★ 

We stopped for lunch on 5/1/18. The cafe was quite busy but the service was great. Coffee and food was good as per usual.

"Burgers and Speights" ★★★★★ 

After a long day fly fishing there isn’t much better than pulling up at Route 6 ordering one of their great burgers and polishing off an longneck of speights gold medal ale

Source: Tripadvisor, NZ.