An area of significant growth, Cromwell’s commercial, industrial, rural, lifestyle, residential and valuation sectors are serviced by Colliers Otago. High demand for comprehensive property services required a dedicated office and local specialists, delivered by our central McNulty Road location.
Located a short drive from both Queenstown and Wanaka’s busy tourism hubs, Cromwell’s an increasingly popular place to live and work. The dramatic backdrop of Lake Dunstan and sustained growth over the last decade in Cromwell's residential and lifestyle property sectors has helped fuel growth in commercial and rural-agri activity, particularly in transport/logistics and viticulture/horticulture.
Our sales consultants, brokers and valuers know and understand the Cromwell real estate market and are able to assist.
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. Ruth has been integral in setting up the new Rural and Agribusiness systems for Colliers and has recently stepped in to lead the growth of this business in Otago and Southland.
Growing up on a large scale high country farm in Central Otago set the foundation for Ruth’s desire to be involved in the rural industry throughout her working life. After achieving a first class honours degree from Otago University, Ruth commenced her career in rural finance that spanned nine years with the National Bank. Not content to sit still for long, she joined the progressive new dairy company Synlait as their Business Development Manager focusing on growing their farming assets via key acquisitions around the Canterbury region. Ruth has also been involved in the rural building industry with her husband Nigel, and the experience of the incredible highs and lows that this industry encountered over the past 12 years has honed her management and problem-solving skills to the highest level.
As a rural real estate professional, Ruth's business is about people and their farming businesses - and focussing on this instead of just the physical assets is key to how she achieves positive outcomes regardless of market conditions. Her underlying principles of trust and integrity ensure she continues to form long-lasting, genuine relationships and apply an open, honest approach to all situations. Furthermore, 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.
Mike is a Central Otago local with 10 years sales experience across a number of different industries. A University of Otago graduate with a Bachelor in Consumer and Applied Science Degree (BCapSC), Mike spent three and a half years working for Lion Breweries in Central Otago where he made sure the area was well watered with Speights but also gained his love and knowledge of the NZ wine industry.
Growing up in Central Otago, Mike has spent time on and off farms in Otago and Southland. His family has a shareholding in a 300ha Sheep and Deer farm in Five Rivers where he spends time helping out when he can.
Mike works closely with key business partners across the agribusiness, viticulture and horticulture space and is passionate about building relationships and knowledge in these areas. He is excited to be working alongside experienced rural consultant Ruth Hodges and is backed by a strong local and global brand in Colliers International.
Commercial & Industrial Broker
Steve has over 22 years of knowledge and experience in the New Zealand property market, the last 10 years of which have been based in Queenstown, involved in the resort development and tourism sector.
Areas of specialisation include brokerage and consulting on tourism assets, along with development opportunities. Steve works in combination with Barry Robertson at Colliers International Queenstown, brokering and consulting on tourism assets and developments across the South Island.
Steve is a member of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ).
Luke is a Commercial Broker with a focus on sales and leasing in the Queenstown Lakes, Central Otago and Southland areas. Understanding business from the inside out gives him unique perspective and unrivalled insight into the factors underpinning corporate success. Graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Economics, Luke spent time working for large corporations across New York, Sydney and Auckland before seeing Queenstown’s burgeoning commercial property market and returning home to Southern New Zealand.
Utilising a solutions-based approach to commercial sales and leasing, Luke’s driven to implement outside-the-box thinking to assist clients. Diligent and committed, his financial background and analytical mind help unlock the potential in property. Outside of work hours, Luke’s an enthusiastic outdoorsman, taking inspiration from the area’s mountainous surrounds.
Director | Commercial Broker
Specialising in commercial property for over two decades, Mark’s knowledge and experience bring a rare level of insight to the buying, selling and leasing process. Working extensively within the industrial sphere, client feedback speaks volumes about Mark’s innovative thinking and ability to match investor with product.
As an Associate Member of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand and a director and board chairman for Otago Realty (NZ) Ltd along with other industry boards, his wide-reaching connections and influence bring clients an elevated level of targeted exposure.
Active in the Queenstown, Cromwell, Invercargill and Wanaka markets, his business horizon encompasses Otago and Southland, with a unique knowledge of the economic factors underpinning localised markets.
Outside of the office, the father of two embraces the outdoors lifestyle of the Southern Lakes.
An integral part of the Colliers team, Fiona’s responsible for the smooth operation of the Otago businesses as HR and Office Manager. Joining Colliers International in 2011 as Administrator for the Queenstown office, she soon rose through the ranks, drawing on her extensive experience in the running of a busy office to build on both efficiency and culture throughout the company. At the forefront of the many company events, both internal and external, her wealth of knowledge and warm personality have made her the go-to person for staff at every level.
With almost a decade spent working across a wealth of sales and operational functions in real estate, Marie’s an integral part of the industry in Queenstown. Assisting the Commercial Colliers sales team, she draws on her experience and combines it with a can-do attitude to support the Commercial Brokers to achieve outstanding results for clients.
Marie’s real estate-focused career has given her rare insight into the factors underpinning a successful property transaction and a clear understanding of what makes a great customer experience. Unsurpassed attention to detail and a clear, friendly communication style mean every point of interaction with Marie is a good one. Her positive, pro-active approach to real estate and life are contagious, allowing her to bring both people and deals together.
In her spare time, Marie enjoys the wonderful Queenstown outdoor lifestyle, in particular skiing, running and mountain biking.
Director | Commercial Broker | Sales and Leasing
Alastair is one of the most experienced property professionals in the Otago region, with over 25 years’ property experience in the Queenstown-Lakes, Wanaka and Dunedin districts. Building lasting relationships with his clients, he has a strong reputation for results, integrity and his strategic approach to bringing deals together to the satisfaction of all parties.
Specialising in investment sales of commercial property and development sites, Alastair also takes the lead in syndicated property sales and equity raises, introducing commercial investment to a wealth of new customers. He has worked closely over the last six years with Mitchell Mackersy in various equity raises for syndicated commercial investments.
A director of Otago Realty (NZ) Ltd (a member of Colliers International Group), operating throughout the Otago and Southland regions, Alastair has also held various directorships in other property related entities including Maori Hill Property Ltd which now has in excess of $1 billion under management around New Zealand. He is a Fellow Member of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) and a former Fellow Member of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers. Also a past chair and board member of Downtown Queenstown, which helped in the formation of the Queenstown Town Centre Master Plan.
Outside of the office, the father of three is a keen outdoorsman, taking advantage of Queenstown’s iconic landscape.
Director | Residential Sales
Decades spent managing Queenstown businesses have positioned Fred Bramwell as an industry leader. Clear vision and strong decision-making are the bywords of Fred’s leadership style, allowing him to develop and execute company strategy whilst always keeping the big picture in mind.
An understanding of the skills needed at every level of the business mean Fred has an appreciation for every team member in every department. Compliance with real estate law and codes of conduct are all part of the job, and an area in which Fred thrives with his uncanny ability to see every side and implement ideas and concepts to identify issues before they arise, and negotiate smart solutions when necessary.
A Queenstown local for more than 28 years, Fred’s business acumen in the early days led him to start a successful white-water rafting business, a company that made him a major player on the region's booming tourism stage. A move into real estate was the obvious progression for performance-driven Fred. Fred’s business acumen and drive to succeed helped his former real estate agency, hoamz, go from rank outsiders to Queenstown’s leading real estate agency in just a few short years. Alongside residential and commercial sales, Fred specialised in the burgeoning apartment market, correctly identifying the niche as the ‘next big thing’ in real estate.
A lifelong interest in the property market, has seen Fred involved in residential, rural and commercial investing. "It's a fascinating business and Queenstown is unique in its investment opportunities. It has been for years, it still is, and I don't see anything changing that for some time to come," says Fred.
A family man with a love for the great outdoors, Fred’s always on hand and takes the time to make a personal connection with property sellers.
Director | Sales Consultant
The name ‘Quilly’ has become synonymous with real estate in Queenstown – and with good reason. An epic career spanning more than a decade has cemented Brendan Quill’s position as the go-to-guy for results. Prior to his leap into real estate (anyone who knows Quilly will confirm he’s more of a leaper than a stroller), prominent positions in Queenstown tourism had already placed him firmly on everyone’s radar as a good kiwi bloke with a top sales pedigree and a personality that can brighten up a dull day.
Results speak for themselves in real estate, and Quilly’s talk louder than most. Word of mouth recommendations ensure Brendan’s phone rings – a lot. Local charitable works as MC, commentator and of course auctioneer mean he’s a busy man. Sought-after for his ability to entertain a crowd, the family man can extract every last dollar from an auction room, be it corporate, charitable or real estate, with a seasoned mixture of acumen, negotiation and pure cheek. His list of satisfied customers reads like a phone book, and everyone comes back for more.
Finely-tuned negotiation techniques and an ‘outside the box’ approach mean he has the skills to bring deals together in a quick timeframe.
Tourism | Development & Business Broker
One of Queenstown’s most experienced property professionals, Barry Robertson’s career spans more than four decades. His knowledge and insight cover a wealth of markets and economic scenarios, allowing him to deliver to clients an unrivalled understanding of market dynamics.
Based in Queenstown since 1985 and working in both valuation and brokerage, Barry specialises in tourism properties, bringing together deals ranging from motels to 200+ room hotels and golf courses. He’s brokered some of the largest commercial and tourism sales in the region through his local connections and national networks.
Joining Colliers International in 2013, Barry works in combination with Steve McIsaac at the Queenstown office, brokering and consulting on tourism assets and developments across the South Island.
Barry is an Associate of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ), a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute of Valuers and a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS). The family man is an enthusiastic cyclist, enjoying nothing more than exploring Queenstown’s superb tracks and trails.
A consummate professional with more than three decades of commercial property experience, Mary-Jo has a well-established track record. Specialising in commercial leasing and investment sales with an emphasis on retail property, she’s the broker of choice for tenants, investors, property owners and developers.
Joining Queenstown’s Colliers office in 2010, Mary-Jo works closely with tenants, landlords and developers. Operating in the wider Southern-Lakes region including Queenstown and Wanaka, her attention to detail and intelligent, no-nonsense approach to doing business has created trust-based relationships that endure. Known for her integrity and results, Mary-Jo has a comprehensive understanding of the market combined with a broad national and international network, adding real value for clients.
Rory has over 25 years’ commercial property experience, the last 18 of which have been in the Queenstown, Wanaka and Southland areas..
Rory is a shareholder of Otago Realty (NZ) Ltd (a member of Colliers International Group), an Associate Member of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand, and a previously Registered Valuer.
A track record of successful lease negotiations and investment sales has positioned Tim Thomas as one of Queenstown’s most recognisable commercial brokers. Active in the business community, Tim’s background as a valuer has given him valuable insight into the economic factors underpinning property success in the resort.
Working within the Colliers commercial and industrial sales and leasing team, he’s been instrumental in the successful sell-down and leasing of key industrial projects in Queenstown. Committed to delivering a quality customer experience, Tim takes a comprehensive, hands-on approach to the marketing and sale of client assets.
2021 saw Tim joining Mackersy Property on a secondment basis. Facilitating strategic leasing, equity raises and new property acquisitions, his wealth of experience and extensive networks make Tim a vital segue between the two companies and the wider market.
Tim has a BCom from the University of Otago and a post-graduate diploma in valuation from Lincoln University.