Property Ref: 51800

add to watchlist
remove from watchlist

Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet!

Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 1Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 2Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 3Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 4Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 5Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 6Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 7Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 8Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 9Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 10Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 11Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 12Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 13Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 14Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 15Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 16Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 17Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 18Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 19Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 20Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 21Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 22Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 23Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 24Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 25Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 26Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 27Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 28Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 29Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 30Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 31Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 32Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 33Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 34Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 35Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 36Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 37Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 38Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 39Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 40Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 41Catlins Cafe - Tourist Magnet! 42
  • Main-blue-sky-low-res.jpg
  • FB-Cafe-frontage-pre-paint.jpg
  • FB-Bird-painting.jpg
  • Frontage.jpg
  • FB-frontage-with-bike.jpg
  • Sign.jpg
  • Entry.jpg
  • Foyer.jpg
  • Foyer2.jpg
  • Seating-area.jpg
  • FB-Courtyard.jpg
  • Side-deck.jpg
  • Dining-room.jpg
  • Dining-area-looking-thru.jpg
  • Dining-area-looking-through.jpg
  • Jewellery-area.jpg
  • Barista-area.jpg
  • FB-Barista-area.jpg
  • Woodburner.jpg
  • Takeaway-sign.jpg
  • Blackboard.jpg
  • Back-counter.jpg
  • Commercial-kitchen.jpg
  • Kitchen2.jpg
  • Commercial-kitchen-2.jpg
  • Commercial-kitchen-3.jpg
  • Chiller.jpg
  • Freezer.jpg
  • Inside-storeroom.jpg
  • Inside-store-room-2.jpg
  • Gas-bottles.jpg
  • Flat-rear-outside.jpg
  • Flat-kitchen-3.jpg
  • Flat-side.jpg
  • Flat-living-area.jpg
  • FB-Bedroom.jpg
  • FB-crispy-fried-chicken.jpg
  • FB-food2.jpg
  • FB-food-display2.jpg
  • FB-Bird.jpg
  • FB-Food.jpg
  • FB-food-display.jpg

Property Information

We are privileged to offer for sale this wonderful business in Owaka, the gateway to the increasingly popular Catlins (coastal South Otago) 'tourist trail'.  If you are seeking a well-priced, hospitality-based business in a relaxed location that offers great lifestyle and access to some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery and outdoor activities, then this could be it!  This busy, established cafe and attached 2-bdrm accommodation caters to the busy, growing tourism industry.  Perfectly located on the main highway approx 90% of the customers are passing tourists. 

The spacious cafe features:

  • 'Foyer' area used by takeaway customers
  • Two large dining areas
  • Woodburner
  • Separate barista area
  • Large chiller and freezer
  • Well equipped commercial kitchen

This business also includes a recently refurbished apartment style 2-bedroom unit, complete with full kitchen and log burner. It is currently used as rental accomodation but could alternatively be used as owner/operator/manager accommodation. 

The current owners have stamped their own mark on this business and gradually restructured it with great systems so that it can run virtually 'hands-off' using local casual staff. There is ample opportunity for new owners with fresh ideas to grow things even further.

If you wish to also purchase the freehold Land and Buildings, this is available for $530,000 (including the business) plus stock at valuation.


Owaka’s first site was near the Owaka River on the road to Pounawea. The early settlers later moved a few kilometres inland to its present site to be near the railway which closed in 1971. Timber milling was the main industry in the Catlins in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Sawmilling and agriculture brought many settlers to Owaka and its surrounding district.

Owaka is the service centre for the North Catlins area. It is 30kms from Balclutha and is the hub of sheep, beef, deer, dairying and forestry industries. Owaka has a population of 400 and provides a variety of services including the magnificent new Owaka Museum and Information Centre, the Owaka Memorial Community Centre, The Catlins Area School (which caters for students from 5-18 years), a supermarket, hotel, cafe/bar, garage, pharmacy, The Catlins Medical Centre, farming supplies shop, hairdresser, library, swimming pool, Owaka Playcentre, community and school gymnasium, rugby grounds and netball courts, Owaka Golf Club, Presbyterian, Anglican/Baptist and Brethren churches, Department of Conservation office, motels, backpacker ,bed and breakfast and homestay and farmstay accommodation. There is also accommodation and camping grounds at nearby Newhaven and Pounawea. Owaka has its own volunteer fire and ambulance services and search and rescue group.

Owaka is a very community-conscious town and it is a place where the local people pull together and support each other for the benefit of the district. Owaka is a great place to use as a base when exploring the Catlins.

Owaka - its name means "Place of the Canoe" and located on the main street is the Catlins Cafe. This is the perfect place for people to begin or end their Southern Scenic Route journey through the Catlins. The cafe offers espresso coffee using Allpress Coffee, homemade cafe style food and traditional fish and chip takeaways.

To access and download full confidential individual files on businesses for sale on this website, you must first be registered and have ticked the box that you agree to the strict terms and conditions of the confidentiality agreement provided by - A two minute process! If you are already registered, you can request full access to this listing’s confidential files by logging in with your existing user name and password. Peter Gale will quickly respond confirming your approval. When your business broker, Peter Gale, emails you access approval you must be logged in to this website to download the confidential files.

  • Financial-Statements-Extract.pdf - 84.2 KB

  • DRAFT P-and-L-16-17.pdf - 43.5 KB

Check out Tripadvisor and the Facebook page