A slice of heaven on New Zealand’s North Island has come onto the market and it offers investors a highly profitable business at one of the world’s most iconic fishing spots.
The Tongariro River and Lake Taupo were introduced to the wider world by the American adventure writer Zane Grey in the 1920s and since then the Queen Mother and former American president Jimmy Carter are just two famous faces who have cast a line for trout in the cool, fresh water.
The Tongariro Lodge was built in 1982 and has created a wonderful reputation for fine dining, outstanding accommodation, quality outdoor activities, and the most experienced fly-fishing guides in New Zealand. Not to mention the stunning scenery.
The world-renowned Tongariro Lodge occupies a prime position of 9.1 hectares on the banks of the Tongariro River, with secluded, landscaped grounds, lush gardens and mature trees.
The lodge can accommodate up to 110 guests in villas of two to five bedrooms, and one-bedroom chalets.
The property is known internationally as one of the world's great fishing lodges and there is the potential for further expansion on the lodge-owned land within the complex.
It is just 35 minutes from Taupo Airport.
Roger Seavill, from Colliers, who is marketing the property, said price expectations were confidential but added that the lodge was a unique, world-famous property in an enviable position with outstanding income streams.
Mr Seavill said the lodge had built an enviable reputation for providing guests with superb accommodation, and stunning food, wine and hospitality, all in a unique fishing lodge in one of the world’s great natural settings.
International and domestic guests provide the lodge with highly profitable year-round revenue streams through unparalleled fly-fishing access, corporate conferences, weddings and adventure markets.
The lodge is also at the foot of New Zealand’s outdoor playground – the world heritage Tongariro National Park, complete with three active volcanoes and The Tongariro Alpine Crossing trail which passes the Emerald Lakes and boiling mud pools.
The brown kiwi is at home there.
At the heart of the lodge are welcoming open fires and comfortable lounges, and sumptuous four-course meals created by leading chefs and served in style by the friendly staff.
The property has three potential development sites and opportunities galore to greatly enhance revenue.
There is a great shortage of lodges in New Zealand, especially ones with the scale and wide array of amenities offered by the Tongariro Lodge.
It also has a loyal and established clientele, providing a stable and consistent source of revenue.
Lake Taupo is a huge crater lake, located in the caldera of Taupo Volcano. At 616 square kilometres, it is the largest lake by surface area in New Zealand. In parts it is 46km long and 33 wide, and its deepest point is almost 200 metres.