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Property Ref: 43464

Cafe, Bar and Holiday Park, Freehold Going Concern For Sale

Property Type: Cafes, Country Pub, Development Opportunities, B&B Residential Opportunities, Backpackers, Bed & Breakfast, Holiday Parks / Caravan Parks, Bars, Other Accommodation, Rural Real Estate, Other Hospitality, Vacant Land

Sale Type: Freehold Going Concern

Region: Wanaka, Nelson, Central Otago, South Island

Physical Address: Makarora Country Cafe, Makarora, New Zealand

Price: FREEHOLD GOING CONCERN, offers over 1mil +GST (if any) +SAV

Broker: Adrian Chisholm

Mobile: +64 21 727 888


Rare Rural Lifestyle & Income Opportunity

Seldom does such a great location and business, on a large freehold land site, come along, with such potential for future development opportunities. The Makarora Country Café presents a rare opportunity to the savvy buyer!

  • Best Cafe in New Zealand (2018/2019)
  • Multiple income streams on site
  • Established & enviable commercial client base
  • Only operator registered locally with the NZMCA
  • Located on 1 hectare (approx.) of freehold land
  • Land is zoned for visitor accommodation
  • Plus offers a significant 4brm home for the owner/manager
  • Potential plus for sale here – be quick!


Makarora Country Cafe, Restaurant, Bar, Gift shop, Fuel, & Campervan Park is set on approximately 1 hectare (10,086m2) in Makarora, which borders  Mount Aspiring National Park. Makarora is only a 40-minute drive to Wanaka, and is rich in hidden gems of history, culture, adventure and natural beauty. Makarora is the halfway point, and a ‘must-stop’ location, between Queenstown and the Glaciers.


The Makarora Blue Pools Track is located in Mount Aspiring National Park, just 10 minutes up the road from the Makarora Country Café. It is rated as one of the Top 10 of short walks in New Zealand.

An easy walk that starts at the car park on State Highway 6 near Makarora, just north of Muddy Creek, and leads through mature silver beech and podocarp forest to two swing-bridges, overlooking the Blue Pools at the mouth of Blue River. Large brown and rainbow trout can often be seen feeding in the pools.

  • Rated: One of NZ’s best short walks
  • Gradient: Flat
  • Duration: 1 hour return
  • Distance: 3 km return, via same track
  • Fitness required: Suitable for most fitness levels

The Blue pools have been successfully marketed to New Zealanders, with the result being a regular supply of kiwi customers for the business. When kiwis are doing the walk, whether they’re coming from the North or the South of the café, before or after their walk, they are stopping in to enjoy the hospitality and café.


The location is key to this business’ viability, being on a corner site of the State Highway, with additional access on a side road. Makarora Country Cafe is a successful business, with multiple Income streams including cafe, licenced bar, retail gift shop, fuel station, campervan/motorcamp and holiday park. 

The Business is a very simple operation with no specialist skills required, and the current owner has extensive operation manuals prepared for the new owner(s). The current owner is offering a training period after settlement, to ensure a smooth passing of the reins. In terms of staffing, this business allows the owner to manage the business during the quiet periods and employ an additional 8 to 10 staff during the busy season, no experience is required.

The Main Cafe, kitchen, gift shop, and toilets, comprise approx. 399.3m² plus a forecourt canopy of 114.5m², and a concrete paved outdoor dining deck and courtyard of approx. 40m².


  • Cafe, restaurant & cone ice creams
  • Bar, with on-licence – An off-licence could be added?
  • Fuel pumps
  • Gift shop – which could be developed further with local products including honey, wool & skincare items?
  • Camping ground, with both powered points and tent sites – currently 10 service points for campervan parking and great onsite facilities
  • A substantial owners’ residence which could also be used as additional tourist accommodation as a lodge or B&B operation
  • Cabins could be added to the existing holiday park?
  • Vacant land to the South of the cafe is ideal for the future development of motel studios or units to further develop the existing campervan park
  • Note: The district plan allows for both commercial activity and visitor accommodation as a discretionary activity.


  • Offering an attractive large residence, being approx. 206.6m² , plus verandas and decks of approx. 58m².
  • The ground floor features an open plan kitchen, dining, and living area, plus separate lounge, along with two bedrooms, bathroom, office, craft/sewing room, laundry and verandas.
  • The first floor has a sitting room, two further bedrooms, and a bathroom. NZ Native timbers, matai and red pine, feature in the floors, walls and ceilings.

Other buildings on site include: the utility shed (approx. 20m²), workshop (approx. 33m²), carport (approx. 39m²), and implement Shed (approx. 122m²).

Other improvements include: car parking for approx. 60 and bus parking for approx. 10 coaches; water supply from an 18m 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.

After 16+ years, the current vendor is seeking to hand over the reins to a new owner. This profitable business can be run without any specific food industry expertise (you don’t need to be a chef or hire one).The business has been well maintained and all certificates and licenses are current, including an “A” Grade Certificate for both the cafe and the camping ground.

This is your opportunity as a couple, or an extended family, investor or developer, to seize the opportunity to own and operate this easily managed business as it is currently run, or even take it to the next level – all in a supported environment with full training on offer. Seldom does such a great business, on a large freehold site, come along which also allows for future development opportunities, and presents the perfect lifestyle balance for you and your family – Call Adrian today.

For further information, register now, or contact specialist Business Broker Adrian Chisholm, AREINZ, on 021 727 888 or email



Situated on the Haast Pass Highway, between Wanaka and the West Coast, Makarora offers visitors easy access to Mt Aspiring National Park.

The Area is known for its outdoor and adventurous activities. There are several walks in the area from ½ hour duration to 3 days.  On the Top 10 of short walks in New Zealand is the Blue Pools, which is only 10 minutes up the road. Exclusive Hunting and Fishing Lodges, as well as Tourist Scenic Helicopter/ Fixed Wing Flights and Jet Boat excursions operate in the Makarora Valley.

Choose a scenic flight in a plane or helicopter, or take a jetboat up the Makarora and Wilkin Rivers – whichever way you choose to enter the World Heritage Area, you can do so easily from Makarora. A popular hunting and Fishing area, many outdoor enthusiasts utilise the transport resources available to reach the more secluded parts of the park.

A few minutes from the small village of Makarora heading west is the Blue Pools Walk. Right off the main highway enter a world of lush rainforest, native bird trills, and glacier-fed pools. The crystalline azure of the pools amazes! The water is so flawlessly clear trout resting in it appear suspended.

Historically and culturally Makarora has a special place in the hearts of the Waitaha Nation – the first people of this land. A traditional ancient medicine village existed on the very site where modern Makarora now stands. A place of restoration, the Waitaha people sought healing of body & mind in the wilds of Makarora.


Over the last 5 years the local community has grown substantially, with several new residents choosing to live in the beautiful Makarora valley and commute to Wanaka for employment. This growth offers an excellent lifestyle & income opportunity within the Wanaka region, and it is also a great place to raise a family, as the local schools are very well established and respected, and both the local primary and Wanaka Secondary School buses pick up at the gate!



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43464 | MCC: Financials July 2021

43464 | MCC: Full Image Gallery: BUSINESS

43464 | MCC: Full Image Gallery: OWNER/MANAGER RESIDENCE

43464 | MCC: Sales Accounts (EOY is 30/6/21, New accounts are coming shortly)

43464 | MCC: Camp Ground Certificate 2020-2021

43464 | MCC: NZMCA 2021

43464 | MCC: Food Licence 2021-2022

43464 | MCC: On Licence

43464 | MCC: Compliance Certificate (LPG & Petrol 91)

43464 | MCC: Petrol 91

43464 | MCC: Diesel

43464 | MCC: Plant List

43464 | MCC: Lot Information & Plans

43464 | MCC: Boundaries (indicative only)

43464 | MCC: Mt Aspiring National Park Brochure

Property Details

Property Type

Country Pub
Development Opportunities
B&B Residential Opportunities
Bed & Breakfast
Holiday Parks / Caravan Parks
Other Accommodation
Rural Real Estate
Other Hospitality
Vacant Land

Sale Type

Freehold Going Concern


Wanaka Nelson Central Otago South Island

Physical Address

Makarora Country Cafe, Makarora, New Zealand


FREEHOLD GOING CONCERN, offers over 1mil +GST (if any) +SAV

Contact Agents

Business Broker Adrian Chisholm

Adrian Chisholm

PRINCIPAL | Tourism, Hospitality & Leisure Business Broker
Head Office | Otago & Southland
International: +64 21 727 888
NZ Mobile: 021 727 888





凯文 阎

国际电话: +64 27 726 8888
新西兰手机: 027 726 8888



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