Colliers International Otago is the largest full-service real estate agency in Otago and Southland. From office locations in Queenstown, Wanaka and Dunedin our combined team of over 80 people provides clients with a broad range of specialist property services.
What sets us apart is not what we do but how we do it. A culture of service excellence and initiative underpins a knowledge-driven approach and a commitment to building strong client relationships.
We leverage the strength of our combined resources and the wider Colliers International New Zealand and global network to accelerate the success of both our clients and our people.
Managing Director | Commercial Broker
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. Areas of specialisation include investment sales of commercial property and development site sales, with combined sales brokered over the last three years in excess of $300m in value.
Alastair is a licensee and Managing Director of Otago Realty (NZ) Ltd (a member of Colliers International Group), responsible for Queenstown and Dunedin offices. Alastair also holds directorships in other property related entities including Maori Hill Property Ltd which has in excess of $800 million 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. Alastair also sits on the Board of Downtown Queenstown, involved with Queenstown’s central business district.
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 | 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, a Registered Valuer 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.
Mary-Jo has more than 20 years commercial property experience, with the last 12 years operating in the wider Queenstown market, including Wanaka. Mary-Jo’s specialty is commercial leasing and investment sales with a particular emphasis on retail.
Mary-Jo joined Colliers, Queenstown Office in 2010 and works closely with Tenants, Landlords and Developers as a commercial broker. Mary-Jo has a thorough understanding of the local market place and in the time she has been with the Queenstown office, has established a reputation for results.
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.
Tim is involved in all aspects of investment sales in Queenstown. He has worked as a leasing broker on bulk projects and now specialises in both sales and leasing in the industrial market.
Tim hails from a valuation background, having previously worked with the Colliers Valuation team in Queenstown.
He has a BCom from the University of Otago and a Post Graduate Diploma in Valuation from Lincoln University. Tim has excelled as a commercial sales and leasing broker, building a track record of successful lease negotiations and investment sales.
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.
Tourism | Development & Business 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).
Tourism | Development & Business Broker
With over 40 years' property experience, the last 30 of which have been focused around the Wakatipu Basin, Barry is one of Queenstown's most experienced property professionals..
In 1985 Barry established himself in Queenstown, specialising in valuation and tourism properties ranging from motels/motor inns to 200+ room hotels and golf courses.
Barry established the Bayley's Real Estate franchise office in Queenstown in 1999, and over the ensuing decade brokered some of the largest commercial and tourism sales in the region (totalling over $250m).
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) and a member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).
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.
Director | Sales Consultant
Three decades of experience in the real estate industry mean Stephen Hebbend brings to his clients the benefit of having listed and sold property in every kind of market and economic scenario. With thousands of successful sales and satisfied customers, his work ethic, knowledge and ability to find solutions set Stephen apart.
From a young age, Stephen realised that the only way to succeed in the industry was to apply genuine commitment in every aspect of his work. "I've always endeavoured to do the right thing by my clients," he says. The formula paid off, developing many long term business relationships and allowing his career to thrive.
By 2002 he was an associate of the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand and his career had propelled him to the highest echelons of the industry in the Southern region. Leading from the front as an agency principal and director, Stephen’s been in key advisory roles to staff throughout his career. Working as one of the most experienced sales consultants in the Colliers International Otago team, he says “With the extremely efficient, high tech systems in place to assist with the running of the office, I'm able to do what I enjoy the most; listing and selling property".
A keen sportsman - Stephen's completed a number of half-marathons and fundraising long-distance cycle rides - he recognised a similar appeal in real estate; the chance to train hard to become the best.
A philosophy firmly rooted in results has established Jannette Highsted in a secure position among Queenstown’s top real estate agents. Being able to count among your achievements record prices for properties is no small feat in the competitive Queenstown market place.
But it’s not all about the numbers. Jannette’s integrity and attention to detail have made her the agent of choice for countless buyers and sellers, especially investors. Her own successful forays into property investment have created a wealth of knowledge that’s priceless to her buyers and sellers – the advantage of personal experience can’t be over-rated in this business. Vendors give glowing reports about the Southland-born agent’s complete dedication to their all-important sale. On top of all that, this switched-on lady has achieved the pinnacle of real estate qualifications, achieving the letters AREINZ after her name in 2009, giving her the in-depth knowledge needed to ensure your peace of mind.
Sheer determination to achieve the optimum result for both buyer and vendor has seen Maria’s real estate career go from strength to strength since entering the industry in 2003. Her commitment to always going the extra mile for her clients means repeat business forms the backbone of this busy lady’s workday – an accolade she’s rightly proud of. Alongside achieving some record prices for vendors through her finely-tuned negotiation skills, Maria counts maintaining a pool of happy buyers and sellers as among her greatest real estate achievements.
Maria’s always believed real estate was for her, and being surrounded by the knowhow, experience and positive energy of the team has assisted Maria onto the road to becoming a legend in her own right! Maria and builder husband Bruce have had a good deal of property experience over the years - combining their joint skill sets of building and interior design, the couple produced and sold numerous homes, which gave them invaluable insight into the property industry.
"I think it's fair to say we learned by experience what should be expected by vendors and buyers alike. We know the procedure, we know which consultants stood out and which were left in the shade, so right from the start I understood what my customers needed from me” says Maria of her real estate career.
Whether it’s her infectious enthusiasm and bubbly personality at a listing appointment, her knowledge and skills at a serious buyer negotiation or her genuine love of helping people into their dream home, there’s never a dull moment when Maria’s around!
Family comes first. Whether it’s her real family, her work family or her family of customers, you’d be hard pushed to find a more loyal sales consultant than Kath. Arguably unparalleled in her rich real estate experience, Kath Cruickshank brings over 25 years of skills and knowledge to the team.
Having started no less than three successful firms during her real estate career, since diving headlong into the industry in 1989 Kath’s been on a one-woman mission to provide the best experience for her clients. And by all accounts, she’s succeeded. Pages of testimonials from clients tell a story of an agent who really cares and wants the best for people. A self-confessed workaholic, Kath’s always available for her clients and has won many awards for her committed service.
Kath’s well known locally not only for her real estate credentials, but also as the warm welcome behind Frankton’s ‘On the verge’ café. The locals’ favourite saw industrious Kath baking up a storm and meeting friends new and old alongside showcasing some of Queenstown’s most desirable property in her neighbouring agency, Frankton Real Estate.
Dynamic Kath manages to combine business with pleasure by working alongside her children, all of whom are experienced real estate professionals. An expanding brood of grandchildren keeps Kath busy outside of office hours, along with a passion for music that’s shared with the whole family.
After a lengthy and rewarding career in the industry Kath shows no signs of slowing down – the twinkle in her eye tells you that she’s enthusiastic to stay in real estate for a long time to come. We applaud you, Kath!
Kath’s customers are so happy with her service they’re keen to talk to everyone about it – just get in touch with Kath for their contact information.
Sophie brings a knowledge-based approach to selling and investing in the dynamic Queenstown residential market and a genuine passion for the industry. Working across multiple sectors in the property sphere since 2012, she now specialises in residential sales.
With a marketing degree from the University of Otago, Sophie has a dynamic approach to buying and selling. She has excelled as a commercial leasing broker and in residential sales, building a track record of successful negotiations throughout Otago.
Sophie has built strong relationships with vendors and purchasers through her honest and approachable style and prides herself on going the extra mile for her clients and achieving top results.
Over a decade of experience working in the wider Queenstown and Glenorchy markets, Rowan has developed and honed his skill set needed to ensure a professional, friendly and very effective service to all those looking to buy or sell property in this area.
With a Queenstown-based adventure tourism background with some of the country's best known tourism businesses dating back to the early 1990’s, Rowan knows the area and its opportunities well, plus a good number of the local population who call the area home too. Successful tourism sales and marketing roles in Australia, Fiji and Queenstown have added to a well-rounded background ideal for the real estate industry.
With a long list of happy customers and clients who have appreciated his straightforward approach to buying and selling, Rowan is an easy choice to help you with your property needs as well. For a smart-thinking approach to making your real estate outcomes a reality, touch base with him today.
Bringing people and places together comes naturally to Richie Heap. Skilled at listening and finding solutions for his customers, Richie brings serious energy and passion to every transaction – with truly outstanding results. A fast learner, Richie established himself as a driving force in the Queenstown real estate scene in a short time, and has spent the years since in building on that success. Auctioneering is yet another string to Richie's bow, with many evenings spent calling out the numbers at charity fundraisers in addition to providing a professional yet entertaining approach to property auctions.
Richie’s a long-time Queenstowner with a refreshing commitment to making people’s lives better, whether it be by achieving their property ambitions or assisting them to improve their health and wellbeing.
Securing industry awards and national recognition have come naturally to Richie – long hours and commitment to his service levels have seen him go from strength to strength in both the fitness and real estate industries. His innate business acumen has seen his sales results go through the roof – a result of his outside-the-box thinking, clever negotiation skills and grasp of innovation to put his clients’ properties at the forefront of the real estate market. Years as a property investor mean Richie’s learnt every lesson as a buyer and seller himself, and fully comprehends both sides of the transaction, lessons he’s happy to share with his clients. Clever radio campaigns and an ever-increasing circle of word-of-mouth recommendations have now positioned Richie as the man to talk to for residential real estate in Queenstown.
Excelling at making deals happen and leaving a trail of very happy buyers and sellers in his wake, Richie’s energy, skill and knowledge are sought-after by sellers.
Inextricably woven into the rich tapestry of the Queenstown business world, Hugh Clark has been on the Queenstown corporate scene for over 20 years, including a decade in real estate. Hugh has an enviable network of contacts across a diverse suite of businesses, generating an extensive database that’s been an essential element of his success in the property field.
Exemplary IT and web experience has positioned Hugh as a skilled marketer in the online sphere. He’s unafraid to utilise new and innovative media to keep his clients’ properties at the forefront of potential purchasers’ minds. Bringing an analytical approach to sales, he’s able to provide a detailed breakdown of the market to make the numbers work for clients. Fully aware that buyers are regularly looking for a mixed-use property in this international destination, Hugh has made sure he understands the growth markets of ever-evolving online shopping for apartment living and residential real estate in the area.
Whilst working across the full range of residential property, Hugh specialises in the investment, managed apartment and off-plan environment. Clients can expect exemplary communication, skilled negotiation and a genuine understanding of the market from any interaction with Hugh. Outside of the office, Hugh’s a homeowner in the Shotover Country subdivision, with two energetic young sons to keep him busy.
Take the effort out of selling or buying a property by enlisting the help of a born organiser, who takes a thoroughly practical approach to both business and life. Nicole Bell prides herself on her highly motivated and exceptionally diligent approach to the sales process. Working in sales and marketing since 1993, originally in the world of media prior to her move into a real estate career in 2014, shaped Otago-born Nicole into the go-to person for friends, family and customers who want a systems-based approach. An advocate of the ‘do what you say you’ll do, when you say you’ll do it’ philosophy, Nicole is hard-working, reliable, honest and has infectious enthusiasm to get the job done right.
A natural listener, Nicole’s empathy and ability to problem solve have seen her establish life-long relationships with her customers – many of her repeat clients are as a result of the trust which her friends and subsequently their friends have in her abilities. Negotiation comes as second nature, and she’s always working with the best interests of her clients at heart.
A lady who loves Queenstown and embraces all that our diverse community and beautiful surroundings have to offer, Nicole, along with retired retailer husband Ian, enjoy travelling, but are big believers that there’s no place like home. Active in the community as a member of the Arthur’s Point Residents Association and working with everyone from international investors to local families, she’s proud to show others how they can make Queenstown home too. Thinking of buying or selling? Then it’s time to put this organiser to work.
James has over 16 years experience in real estate and has held senior management positions with real estate organisations in Australia, the United States, the Middle East and New Zealand.
James began his real estate career with Colliers International where he held the position of project marketing manager in the Brisbane office of PRD’s nationwide Residential Project Marketing division where he was responsible for sales & marketing of high density, mixed use and master planned community development projects.
He has significant experience in design, development management, marketing, sales and asset management and has worked across the full spectrum of real estate asset classes including real estate private equity in New York.
James has been actively involved in the Queenstown market for the last decade as an owner, investor and developer of real estate. He previously held the position of General Manager of Projects with Remarkables Park Limited and re-joined Colliers International in 2017 as Sales Manager Otago.
James holds a Master of Science in Real Estate Development from Columbia University New York, a Graduate Diploma in Property Economics and a Bachelor of Business both conferred from the Queensland University of Technology.
Life-loving, positive and driven to succeed, Jesse Johnston’s had an appreciation for property investing since a young age. It’s a long-standing interest which was always going to result in a real-estate-based career for this high-energy Queenstowner. Jesse’s built the foundations of a salesperson vocation on solid ground, having already worked within the industry in customer service, PA and marketing and rental roles. These experiences mean a wide knowledge base that’s indispensable to property buyers and sellers, with a special understanding of rental investments from both sides of the coin.
Willing to innovate and embrace the ever-changing, merging landscapes of property sales and technology, Jesse’s outside-the-box approach to marketing and generating enquiry mean no stone is left unturned in the pursuit of a sale. Problem-solving comes as naturally as Jesse’s easy-flowing communication, ensuring that vendors are always aware of how their sale is progressing and are comfortable it’s in safe hands. When asked about his motivation for working in this dynamic industry, Jesse’s answer is simple – ‘I want to help people make transitions in their life. People perceive it can be hard to make Queenstown home, and I want to show them how it can be straightforward’.
Brimming with both passion for property and energy for life, when he’s not working with clients, Jesse can be found taking advantage of the Queenstown lifestyle as an avid snowboarder.
Local connections mean so much in real estate, making Emma Lups perfectly positioned for success. A natural people person, Emma’s real estate career has seen her delight buyers and sellers with her ability to listen and understand their needs, combined with an instinct for matching buyers to listings.
Previous experience in owning investment properties stands Emma in good stead when working with property buyers. Understanding the priorities of investing combined with an eye for long-term gains means Emma’s the go-to person when looking at maximum returns with minimum stress. Communication and honesty are Emma’s focus, offering her clients a promise that they’ll always know exactly what’s happening in the sale and purchase process.
A Christchurch native, Emma and Air Traffic Controller husband Paul moved to Queenstown in 2013 and never looked back. Having lived for years in Shotover Country and now focusing on a new build in Hanley’s Farm, she’s established roots within the local community and embraces everything that life in the Southern Lakes has to offer.
With a broad skillset and relevant experience base, Raylene brings a textbook background to her role as sales consultant. Passionate about architecture and qualified in interior design, her eye for property layout and design bring a layer of value to her vendors that few agents can offer. For buyers she can think outside the square and provide a new vision for a potential purchase.
Super organised and a natural multi-tasker, Raylene prioritises communication above all else, appreciating the importance of customers being comfortable at every step of the sales and purchasing process. Amiable and friendly by nature, clients enjoy her upfront honesty whilst appreciating the negotiation skills and outside-the-box approach to bringing deals together which set her apart.
Having worked within the property industry since 2015 and prior to that in marketing roles, her finely-honed administrative skills and efficient approach give her more time out in the market talking to potential purchasers. Recently building a home in Jack’s Point, she’s well-versed on the buying process and has insight into what constitutes a quality property that’s suited to our unique environment. A long-term local with a love of the mountains and a young daughter to introduce to everything Queenstown has to offer, Raylene thrives on being busy.
A man on a mission to go above and beyond client expectations, Damien Yorg brings to every listing unrivalled commitment and a drive for results. Understanding the value of hard work and salesmanship in assisting clients to achieve their goals, Damien’s marketing background and years in events management have given him an appreciation for a clear process. Listening to client priorities right from the start, he uses that information to construct a timeline with measurable success markers, leading to the ultimate objective of a great sale.
Understanding the importance of market knowledge, Damien focuses on an analytical approach, with stats and sales figures always at his fingertips. Whether as a casual chat or in appraising a property, he’ll always be on hand to present the most-up-to-date information and explain how it relates to your asset.
His approach to sales is one of authenticity; Damien’s down-to-earth nature means potential sellers and purchasers are given realistic expectations to ensure everyone’s on the same page. A Perth native, a 2014 visit to the Southern Lakes saw Damien embark on a new chapter in the mountains. Real estate was a natural progression for the high-energy outdoorsman, working alongside the Colliers International team to leave no stone unturned in his quest to make every property transaction a successful one for all parties.
Registered Valuer | Property Consultant
Heather joined Colliers International Queenstown in May 2014 as a valuer, becoming registered in 2017.
Heather’s main responsibilities involve the completion of Current Market Valuations, Rental assessments and Insurance Valuations of commercial and industrial properties throughout the Queenstown region. As well as Managed apartments, tourist accommodation properties, lifestyle and residential.
Barry joined the Valuation and Advisory team at Colliers International Queenstown Valuation in August 2016.
He is currently working towards registration under the supervision of John Scobie and Andrew Hyndman.
Barry studied at Dublin Institute of Technology, and has a Bachelor of Science in Auctioneering, Valuations and Estate Agency.
Kate joined the Valuation and Advisory team at Colliers International Queenstown Valuation in October 2015.
She is currently working towards registration under the supervision of Doug Reid and John Scobie on a part time basis. Colliers International supports Kate with her other main focus being a career in the sport of Cross Country Mountain Biking, racing nationally and representing New Zealand internationally.
Kate studied at Massey University, and has a Bachelor in Rural Valuation and Management.
Registered Valuer | Property Consultant
Doug completed a property degree at Lincoln University in the early 1990’s and has worked in the Queenstown property market since the end of 1993.
He was raised in the Wakatipu area and benefits from vast background knowledge and experience across a wide range of sectors within the district.
Doug is a Registered Valuer, has Associate status with the New Zealand Institute of Valuer’s and holds Senior Membership with the Property Institute of New Zealand, having chaired the Central Otago Branch.
Registered Valuer | Property Consultant
Originally from Dunedin, John was educated at Otago Boys’ High School and the University of Otago before joining KPMG Peat Marwick as an accountant.
After five years with KPMG Peat Marwick he moved to Luxembourg and then onto London where he spent the majority of his time working in the Finance sector. John returned to New Zealand in December 2002 to live in Queenstown and join MAC Property Services Limited which is now Colliers International Otago.
John has a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Accounting from Otago University and a Valuation and Property Management degree from Massey University.
Joseph joined Colliers International’s market-leading valuation team and swiftly proved himself to be a valuable asset. Originally from Essex in the UK, Joseph brings a confident and professional demeanour to the table, resulting in excellent relationship building and clear communication with external and internal parties.
After graduating from the Royal Agricultural University with a BSc Honours focused in Real Estate, it was a natural decision for Joseph to join Colliers International to extend his experience within the property sphere.
An avid sports attendee Joseph enjoys going to the races and has a knack for clay shooting.
An integral part of Queenstown’s market-leading valuations team, Kristi’s a fast learner with the ability to juggle multiple priorities. Hailing from Colorado but very much an international citizen due to her extensive travel, Kristi chose to settle in Queenstown at the start of 2019. A Psychology and Social Work graduate, she’s a skilled communicator and works actively to ensure Colliers International clients are always kept up to date. Since joining the Colliers valuation team, she’s appreciated the diverse range of opportunities the job brings and the constant flow of learning.
An avid adventurer, outside of office hours Kristi can be found hiking and snowboarding in the mountains, or pursuing her passion for travel writing.
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