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Absolute prime Queenstown CBD commercial investment

Absolute prime Queenstown CBD commercial investment

A prime piece of Queenstown’s retail landscape is being made available to investors with the sale of 17 Rees Street, a CBD commercial property that’s fully leased to well-known Australasian retail brand Platypus Shoes.

Totalling some 127.70 sqm, the building comprises a regular shaped 96.5 sqm tenancy on the ground floor with 31.2 sqm of mezzanine on a freehold 107 sqm site.

Colliers has been exclusively appointed to market the property for sale by Deadline Private Treaty closing on 5 August 2021 (unless sold prior).

Rory O’Donnell, Commercial Broker at Colliers Queenstown who is marketing the property, says seldomly does an opportunity to acquire a premium asset such as this become available.

“The tightly held nature of Queenstown’s CBD property ownership means this is a unique opportunity to acquire a premium asset at an accessible price point in the context of our CBD.

“This property has strong investment fundamentals underpinned by a new seven-year lease to Australasian retail brand, Platypus Shoes, which is part of Accent Group Limited.

“Platypus is a specialist footwear retailer with an extensive collection of global brands that’s part of Accent’s empire of over 500 stores, 19 brands and 20 online platforms.

“The lease to Platypus is returning $235,000 per annum plus GST and outgoings with built in annual growth of 3 per cent throughout the seven-year term.

“Discerning investors will note the added security of a corporate guarantee from Accent Group Limited.”

Mary-Jo Hudson who is marketing the property alongside O’Donnell says that Rees Street is in Queenstown’s highly sought after, and high foot traffic location, referred to as the ‘Golden Square,’ which is bordered by Rees Street, Ballarat Street (The Mall), Shotover Street and Camp Street.

“The property is in the core of Queenstown’s CBD retail precinct, just a short stroll from Queenstown Bay and the lakefront.

“It’s surrounded by an excellent mix of international, national and local retail brands such as UGG, Kathmandu, Quiksilver, Glassons, Partridge Jewellers, Michael Hill, Sunglass Hutt and Rodd & Gunn.

“With almost six metres of prime street frontage, the property benefits from a high-profile position on Rees Street, one of the main through roads to Queenstown Bay and the lakefront.”

O’Donnell adds that central Queenstown is undergoing a major transformation with a ‘facelift’ to the CBD currently underway that will add further appeal to this investment.

“In June 2020 the government announced $85m in funding for ‘shovel ready’ projects in Queenstown that includes $35m toward town centre upgrades.

“Rees Street forms part of the council’s $55m project to enhance the streetscape of core pedestrian areas into more attractive, functional and user-friendly walkways through the CBD.

“The vision for the central city is to create a seamless path for pedestrians as well as vehicles at a lower speed limit with new paving, outdoor furniture and an expansion of alfresco dining options.”

Hudson notes that now is the perfect time to capitalise on Queenstown’s growth while demand has halted temporarily due to Covid.

“Prior to Covid, there was zero vacancy in ground floor retail property in downtown Queenstown. As a result, retail space commanded very high rents and there were very few sales of prime commercial properties in the CBD as owners held on to their assets.

“While a massive decrease in international visitors has had a detrimental impact on tourism numbers for now, Queenstown’s property market has proved remarkably resilient and the long-term growth projection remains strong.

“Properties of this nature on such a covetable street represent a rare opportunity that may not have been possible during Queenstown’s heyday,” says Hudson.

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Rory O'Donnell

Commercial Broker


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.

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Mary-Jo Hudson

Commercial Broker


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.

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