Investors Lodge Their Interest As Idyllic Luxury Escape Property Goes Up For Sale

The land and buildings supporting a luxury lodge which is
one of the country’s leading venues for conferences,
retreats and weddings have been placed on the market for

The Kourawhero Mountain Lodge is located in the
heart of the Matakana Coast area famous for its wineries and
beaches. It offers guests an idyllic country escape less
than an hour from downtown Auckland.

Wyllie Road, Warkworth

The property
at 471 Wyllie Road, Kourawhero, is set in a
heritage-protected landscape amid forest and expansive
landscaped grounds with panoramic views of the Hauraki

The site has supported a diverse range of income
streams from lodging for guests on luxury breaks, as well as
5-star dining, and as a premium venue for weddings and a
range of corporate and group events.

Wyllie Road, Warkworth

The land and
buildings at 471 Wyllie Road, Kourawhero, are now being
marketed for sale with vacant possession, through Bayleys
Warkworth, Bayleys Matakana and Bayleys Auckland Central.
The property will be sold by way of a tender closing on 12
Salespeople Jayson Hayde, Shailenne Parkes and
Dianna Coman said the property consisted of multiple
accommodation and supporting buildings with a total floor
area of approximately 1,755 square metres on more than 44
hectares of freehold rural land.

Wyllie Road, Warkworth

Mr Hayde said
the buildings included a luxurious main lodge, alongside
other world-class facilities such as an Aspen-styled barn
and 18 self-contained luxury villas. The buildings were all
discreetly positioned within meticulously manicured and
landscaped grounds, he said.

“The main lodge
incorporates a variety of entertaining areas including a
main lounge and a sophisticated restaurant supported by a
commercial-grade kitchen. This has supported an offering of
5-star cuisine, complemented with local wines from nearby
vineyards including Kourawhero’s own boutique

“These areas – along with more intimate
spaces such as a sumptuously designed cocktail bar and
drawing room – support additional activities including
conference and corporate events, weddings, group retreats
and family gatherings,” Mr Hayde said.

Other premium
facilities include a day spa, tennis courts and a pair of
helicopter pads enabling rapid access from any

The property includes a three-bedroom
manager’s house and supports extensive car parking for
guests, owners and staff. It has its own artesian bore water

Ms Parkes said the idyllic rural setting, in
close proximity to Auckland, meant the Kourawhero property
offered the best of both worlds.

“Capturing sun from
sunrise to sunset through its north-facing aspect, the
beauty here is quite profound, including a majestic
waterfall. With views towards the vineyards of the Matakana
Coast and across to the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, this
private accommodation is renowned for its peace and
tranquility. This has made it an ideal venue for the likes
of premium wellness retreats.

“The property offers a
deeply relaxing experience of being a world apart, but is
less than an hour’s drive from Queen Street. The Northern
Motorway extension will in coming years bring Auckland even
closer, further boosting already strong demand for the
Matakana Coast’s attractions from New Zealand’s largest
urban catchment,” said Ms Parkes.

The lodge is also
conveniently positioned a short distance from the amenities
of Warkworth, at the gateway to the Matakana Coast, which
enjoys perennial demand for its beaches, wineries, food and
beverage establishments and crafts.

Ms Parkes said the
area surrounding the lodge was home to boutique shops, cafes
and restaurants, plus scenic cycle and walking trails for
more active guests.

Ms Coman said the property at 471
Wyllie Road had demonstrated its desirability as a premium
lodge and events venue – with significant ongoing income
potential for an astute investor.

“Its access to New
Zealand’s largest visitor catchment positions this site
particularly well to capitalise on domestic tourism –
especially as more Kiwis explore their own backyard in the
Covid-19 environment,” she said.

“This property is
also likely to attract the attention of high-net-worth
buyers seeking it for their own use as an executive-level
residential base. A number of properties of similar scale
and quality have been snapped up as executive homes in the
Warkworth/Matakana area.

“With its discreet rural
setting and easy car and helicopter access to the Super City
this property could be of great interest to wealthy
individuals seeking a trophy property landholding,” Ms

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