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Ruth Hodges | Colliers | Queenstown

Ruth Hodges

B.A. (Hons)

Director | Otago & Southland

License # 10011035 | Licensed under the REAA 2008

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Professional Summary

Ruth commenced her career in rural real estate in August 2009 before establishing the first Colliers Rural and Agribusiness franchise in New Zealand with Shane O’Brien in September 2014. Her experience and acumen led to a role operating at a national level, spearheading growth in Colliers’ Rural business between 2018 and 2021. Now based in the Southern-Lakes district, Ruth is Managing Director of the Otago and Southland Rural business, of which she was one of the co-founders in January 2019.

Growing up on a large-scale, high-country farm in Central Otago set the foundation for Ruth’s involvement in the rural industry throughout her working life. After achieving a first-class honours degree from Otago University, Ruth commenced a career in rural finance that spanned nine years with the National Bank. She then joined the progressive new dairy company, Synlait, as Business Development Manager, focusing on growing their farming assets via key acquisitions around the Canterbury region.

Ruth’s comprehensive understanding of an often complex and evolving rural market together with her ever-present proactive attitude allows her to provide solutions that go beyond the traditional real estate model. She is excited to be back working in the South and to offer new clients the benefit of her vast knowledge and experience.

She has extensive experience in selling a wide range of rural assets and an impressive track record of over $850,000,000 in farm sales over a short period.


Ruth has ten years of specialised expertise in rural property marketing and sales and has an outstanding sales track record of over $850,000,000 in sales over this period. She also has a background in business development and finance and credit management and continues to be involved in roles outside of real estate in rural business governance roles. Since embarking on her career in rural real estate her achievements have been nothing short of astounding including being awarded a number of regional and national real estate awards.

In 2018, Ruth was engaged as the National Co-Director for Colliers - Rural & Agribusiness. She is also the Managing Director and shareholder for the Otago-Southland Colliers Rural & Agribusiness franchise and a Director and Shareholder of the Canterbury Colliers Rural & Agribusiness franchise.


Licensed Agent (Real Estate Authority 2008)

University of Otago - B.A. (First Class Honours)

Member of New Zealand Institute of Primary Industry Management

Memberships & Involvements

- Licensed Real Estate Agent




"Your first meeting with someone is always the most interesting part of building relationships and forming an understanding of a client’s business. To this effect I found Ruth and her team very respectful and genuinely interested in how the property is managed, it’s history and how it has evolved to the present day. Ruth’s farming background is the cornerstone to her success as a rural real estate consultant and she understands how to present your investment to a prospective buyer. This is the third sale process that I’ve been involved with for this property and it is by far the most successful given the very tight time frame that Colliers had to deliver on. Throughout the whole campaign there has been excellent communication and once again that respect kept shining through. There are many well established rural real estate companies out there that can present your property to the market but I know that we have made an excellent choice by selecting Colliers and have no hesitation in recommending them to any vendor”  Peter O'Brien (Farm Manager, Glen Echo Station)

“We have recently purchased a farm where Ruth has been the agent and we have found her to be very professional in her approach. Ruth is innovative in her approach, she has excellent communication ensuring both sides of the deal are well aware of the issues and they are resolved early. Ruth due to her background has a very commercial approach. Happy to recommend her.”  Mark Cox – Head of Operations and Strategy for Craigmore


Service Lines

Property Marketing, Rural and Agribusiness Sales, Business Sales, Forestry, Property Syndication

Property Type

Land, Rural, Cropping, Dairy, Deer, High Country, Horticulture, Lifestyle Bare Land, Lifestyle Dwelling, Lifestyle Property, Lifestyle Section, Mixed, Rural Bare Land, Rural/Lifestyle, Sheep Beef, Forestry, Vineyard, Viticulture, Winery

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