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Property Ref: 13246

Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park, For Sale near Wanaka

Property Type: Cafes, Restaurants, Holiday Parks / Caravan Parks, Bed & Breakfast, Development Opportunities, Development Site, Commercial Real Estate

Sale Type: Freehold Going Concern

Region: Wanaka, Central Otago, South Island

Physical Address: 5507 Highway 6, Makarora

Price: FREEHOLD GOING CONCERN, offers over $1.2 Mil +SAV +GST if any

Broker: Adrian Chisholm

Mobile: +64 21 727 888


Perfect Lifestyle & Income Opportunity at the top of Lake Wanaka

The Makarora Country Café presents a unique opportunity to enter the Wanaka & Mt Aspiring National Park tourism market with:

  • Multiple income streams
  • Established & enviable commercial client base
  • Located on 1 hectare (approx.) of freehold land, zoned visitor accommodation
  • Plus a fabulous 4brm home for the owner/manager!

After 15 years, the current vendor is seeking to hand over the reins to a new owner. Is this you? 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 licences are current, including an “A” Grade Certificate for both the cafe and the camping ground. Being sold by negotiation, plus stock, and plant, at valuation, plus GST.

Seldom does such a great business on a large freehold site come along, while also allowing for future development opportunities!

For more information or to arrange your viewing, please contact specialist Business Broker, Adrian Chisholm, AREINZ, on 021 727 888 or email


Best Cafe in New Zealand 2018/2019

has been awarded to:


Award received in October 2019.

Makarora Country Cafe

Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & 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 location is key to this business’ viability, being on the State Highway.

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.

It has a great gross profit of approximately 54.86%.

Tour coaches and a regular bus connection have made this their preferred stopover, including InterCity and GreatSights, stopping twice a day, 365 days a year!

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.

Currently there are multiple income streams, with the opportunity to develop further:

  • Cafe, restaurant & cone ice creams
  • Bar, with on-licence – An off-licence could be added?
  • Fuel pumps
  • Gift shopwhich 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 available on a separate title is included in the asking price. This is ideal for the future development of motel studios or motel units to further develop the existing campervan park. This land is designated visitor accommodation.
  • Note: The district plan allows for both commercial activity and visitor accommodation as a discretionary activity.

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

Owner Accommodation:

  • 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.

Community: 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!

Other buildings 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 15 years, the current vendor is seeking to hand over the reins to a new owner. Is this you? 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 licences are current, including an “A” Grade Certificate for both the cafe and the camping ground. Being sold by negotiation, plus stock, and plant, at valuation, plus GST.

This is your opportunity as a couple, or an extended family, to take over the reins from the current vendor, and 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 now!

For further information, register now, or contact specialist Business Broker Adrian Chisholm, AREINZ, to understand the full potential of this great business on offer, 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.

Source: LWT, NZ

Makarora Valley, 40min form Wanaka - Get in close!

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13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | Sale Accounts August 2020

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | Valuation

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | QLDC Rates Assessment (1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021)

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | Boundaries: Indicative only

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | Land Use Consent

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | Discharge Permit I

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | Water Permit

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | Water Scheme Agreement

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | Listing Information in Chinese Language

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | Plant & Chattels

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | Discharge Permit

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | Water Test Report

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | Building WOF

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | Licence Food Control

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | Camp Registration (updated)

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | On-Licence - Please note: Renewal submitted in Apr2020. Currently waiting on QLDC.

13246 - Makarora Country Cafe, Bar & Holiday Park | Haz-Subs Cert. - Please note: Inspected 23 Sept 2020, certificate will be forthcoming in approximately 4 weeks

Makarora Country Cafe State Highway 6 ★★★★★ |

In the middle of a very bleak cold winters day, how delightful it was for a couple of aged pensioners to find such a welcome. Everything served with friendly smiles and Greetings.A highlight of our 3000 kms trip around the South Island. Replete and happy we continued on our way. Thank you

Worth the stop! ★★★★★

We visited this café whilst in transit on our tour. Very good grub Very good service and organisation. They managed our 48 person group superbly Value for money

Late lunch on bike from Cromwell ★★★★★

Always something nice and simple to eat here. Tasty. Today a cheese and onion toastie and a mocha. Staff friendly as usual. Took a friend on a motorbike ride. What a great country to motorcycle in.

Much better than expected ★★★★★

When we stayed in Makarora the options for food was not so many, and therefore our expectations on the café wasn’t to high. We ate here two evenings, and the first day we had the buffé. All of the dishes tasted really good and there was at least 6 different mains to chose from together with sallads. The second day we tried the burger, and it too was really delicious. We can without doubt recommend an eat here if your around!.

Amazing Pies, Awesome coffee ★★★★★

My husband considers himself a pie connoisseur and I consider myself a bit of a coffee connoissuer. We have to say this place does the best of both. We did find it more difficult in the South Island than the North Island of NZ to find good coffee. They have hot cooked meals and convenience sandwiches, cakes, pies etc. There is also a Souvenir shop next door, toilets and both indoor and outdoor seating. Great place for a stop between Wanaka and Haast.

Quirky and a good feed! ★★★★★

Part of Grand Pacific Coach Tour One of our lunch stops Food was fast, fresh and yummy Lots to look at inside… number plates and flags from all over the world! Also a small gift shop inside

Worth stopping for! ★★★★★

We needed a food stop before heading further north so chose the Makarora Country Cafe as the most convenient. We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food/beverages and the service.
New staff were being inducted while we were there but that appeared to make no difference to the friendly and helpful service.The food was good!

Source: Online review platforms

Property Details

Property Type

Holiday Parks / Caravan Parks
Bed & Breakfast
Development Opportunities
Development Site
Commercial Real Estate

Sale Type

Freehold Going Concern


Wanaka Central Otago South Island

Physical Address

5507 Highway 6, Makarora


FREEHOLD GOING CONCERN, offers over $1.2 Mil +SAV +GST if any

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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