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Property Ref: 20256
Chatto Creek Tavern in Central Otago
Property Type: Country Pub, Commercial Real Estate, Bars, Hotels
Sale Type: Freehold Going Concern, Urgent Deadline Sales
Region: Central Otago
Physical Address: 1544 Omakau-Chatto Creek Road
Price: Freehold Going Concern - Offers Invited
Broker: Peter GaleMobile: +64 21 608 107
Chatto Creek Tavern is on the Market.
For the first time in over 20 years the historic Chatto Creek Tavern is offered for sale; as a freehold going concern (FHGC) and complete with 2 donkeys!
In a prominent location just a few minutes out of Omakau, approx. 12 minutes drive from Alexandra and 80 minutes from Queenstown, the tavern sits alongside the popular Otago Central Rail Trail. It is a ‘compulsory stop’ for weary cyclists and with plenty of parking outside it is also popular with passing motorists and tourists. It is one of the only buildings left of old Chatto Creek and is the heart of its modern day community.
The tavern was opened on December 24, 1886 as a stopping place for bullock and gold wagons. The distinctive ‘Central Otago architecture’ features stacked stone and 18-inch-thick mud bricks.
Oozing character, the Tavern was in 2013 named the best country hotel in the Hospitality New Zealand Awards for Excellence. It is the unofficial museum of the area, and the information centre. The bar has an extensive collection of historic artifacts and opens through to the spacious dining area and picturesque beer garden. On-site accommodation includes two double rooms and a bunk room (up to 10 guests) as well as campsites and motor-home parking.
Set on over 1.2 hectares of well-fenced land the Tavern is also ‘home’ to treasured artifacts, including the old Chatto Creek Post Office which was bought, relocated and restored by the community in 2004. The remains of the old Chatto Creek Gold Dredge lie out the back, between the tavern and the rail trail. Both the Post Office and the Dredge remain owned by the community. A bridge off the car park is listed with the British Transport Museum.
This is a once-in-a-blue-moon opportunity to acquire an iconic Central Otago ‘treasure’ with a business underpinned by the increasingly popular Otago Central Rail Trail and further growth potential.
All reasonable offers invited.
Chatto Creek has a significant and interesting history dating back to pre-European settlement.
It is located on the Manuherikia River, south of Omakau and approximately 15 minutes north of Alexandra. It has an extensive farming industry, which is kept productive by irrigation. There is bed & breakfast and homestay accommodation in and around Chatto Creek.
The area was the focus of an expedition by the Otago Museum in the 1950s after remains of Moa bones and eggshells were uncovered. The Moa, now extinct, was a tall flightless bird native to New Zealand, which was valued and hunted by Maori.
Only some of Chatto Creek’s original buildings remain today. At its peak the population was 800; made up of miners, railway workers, rabbiters and their families. Most of the railway construction workers living at Chatto Creek were employed to build ‘horseshoe bends’, a necessary ‘S’ shape to get trains up nearby Tiger Hill without exceeding the required 1 in 50 gradient. This is the steepest ascent/descent on the Otago Central Rail Trail.
The Chatto Creek Tavern was built in 1886 of mud bricks and stacked stone and now contains historical photographs and memorabilia. New Zealand’s smallest post office, The Chatto Creek Post Office (1892) was originally a tent insulated with newspapers. Restored by the small local community, it was relocated from near the Chatto Creek Station site to alongside the hotel.
YouTube video 2017
Chatto Creek Dog Bark Competition
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Wages Analysis (with notes)
Wages Trial Balance
Initial Seismic Assessment Report
Property TypeCountry Pub
Commercial Real Estate
Sale TypeFreehold Going Concern
Urgent Deadline Sales