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Ellerslie office investment with government tenants

Ellerslie office investment with government tenants

A recently refurbished office building on Auckland’s tightly held Southern Corridor, with two government organisations among its tenants, is for sale as a fully leased investment opportunity.

The four-level commercial property at 626 Great South Road, Ellerslie, occupies a large 2,878sq m site with high-profile exposure to one of Auckland’s main arterials.

It is offered to the market at a time when office assets outside the CBD are in high demand, as organisations look to right-size their space requirements and generate cost savings.

Colliers is marketing the property for sale by deadline private treaty closing at 4pm on Tuesday 9 March, unless it sells earlier.

Blair Peterken, Director of Capital Markets at Colliers, says it is a chance to acquire a superbly located office investment with excellent fundamentals.

“The Southern Corridor is one of the premier office destinations in Auckland, but stock remains very tightly held.

“The property at 626 Great South Road is well located in a hive of office development including two popular business parks – Central Park and the nearby Millennium Centre.

“As at 1 July 2021 the returns are $956,721 in net annual passing income from four tenants, including Housing New Zealand and the government accreditation body IANZ.

“The leases offer a weighted average term of two years, while the vendor has the ability to underwrite the leases for a weighted average term of five years from 1 July 2021.

“With its strong tenant covenant, healthy tenant demand and an excellent location, this is a highly appealing investment opportunity.”

The property has a net lettable area of 2,647sq m, with generous upper floor plates of 788sq m each.

It was built in the 1980s and has an A-grade 100 per cent NBS seismic rating via a DSA report.

Gareth Fraser, Auckland Director of Investment Sales at Colliers, says extensive refurbishment work has brought the building to a quality modern standard.

“The exterior has been completely repainted and new road side pylon signage has been installed. Inside, the lobby has been completely refurbished with new tiling, walls, lighting and a digital directory for the building.”

Jason Seymour, Capital Markets Director at Colliers, says the building is situated on a highly prominent site with great exposure to high volumes of passing traffic.

“The land itself is a strategic holding in a well-established commercial precinct. Flexible Business Mixed Use zoning under the Auckland Unitary plan allows for a range of options in the longer term.

“The property would blend seamlessly in to the surrounding suburbs if redeveloped to residential. Nearby schools include Ellerslie School, One Tree Hill College and St Mary’s School.”

The ground level has 283sq m of office space along with the main lobby, services, amenities and a secure under-croft parking area.

Double automatic doors to the lobby provide entry via the prominent southeastern corner of the building.

Two 11-person Kone lifts service all office floors in addition to a stairwell accessible from the lobby.

The ground floor tenancy comprises full-height glazed frontage and separate office rooms, a kitchenette, toilet facilities and a rehabilitation room. The tenant is TBI Health, a physiotherapy clinic.

Level 1 is highly partitioned with individual office rooms, separate meeting rooms, kitchen and toilet facilities. It is tenanted by IANZ.

Level 2 is relatively open plan with several file storage rooms and glass partitioned meeting rooms along with kitchen and toilet facilities. It is tenanted by Housing New Zealand.

Level 3 is split into two tenancies that are accessed via security doors from a common lobby.

Both tenancies are heavily partitioned with offices and meeting rooms along with kitchen and toilet facilities. The tenants are IANZ and assessment and certification business Telarc.

The property provides a generous 90 on-site car parks. Most are open parking spaces around the perimeter, aside from 11 undercroft car parks.

Great South Road is a key arterial route that connects the western and southern suburbs to the commercial precincts of Newmarket, Greenlane and Ellerslie.

It offers multiple points of access to the Southern Motorway/State Highway 1.

The property is located just north of Kalmia Street, which connects Great South Road to Ellerslie. Neighbouring properties include Millennium Centre, Wendy’s hamburgers and Ellerslie School.

A number of main bus routes service the property, while Ellerslie train station is a short 450m walk away.

The property is 1km to Ellerslie Town Centre, 9.7km to Auckland CBD and 15km to Auckland Airport.

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Blair Peterken

Director | Capital Markets


After more than a decade in Australia’s highly competitive commercial property sector, Blair joined Colliers International NZ as Director in the Capital Markets team in April 2017.

Specialising in the sale of larger commercial assets and mixed-use sites around New Zealand, Blair brings a high level of energy and diligence to the industry. His extensive knowledge and educational background ensures he is well-equipped in progressing and developing the Capital Markets team.


Previous Experience

From 2014 – 2017, Blair was Director and Head of JLL’s South Sydney office where under his leadership, the company  grew from third to first in the South Sydney market in both leasing and sales. In 2015 he was the company’s highest fee earner across the Australian industrial business. Blair specialised in the sale and leasing of larger industrial and commercial assets including mixed-use development sites within the South Sydney market.

Prior to this he was Head of Industrial, South Sydney at CBRE. While at CBRE, Blair won the prestigious Circle of Excellence Award twice for his performances and was highest fee writer in the South Sydney office in 2012 and 2013.

Peterken’s top transaction while in Sydney  was the 2014 sale of a 4.9ha business park in Rosebery, South Sydney to Meriton Group  for A$190,000,000

His two biggest leases were the single largest leasing transactions in South Sydney in their respective years. In 2011, he leased a Goodman-developed, 12,400sq m warehouse and office in Mascot to logistics company Toll, and last year, he leased a Meriton-owned 22,000sq m site in Pagewood to WSI Logistics.


A selection of notable sale transactions:

  • Sale of St Kentigern Girls School, Remuera - $40,000,000 +
  • The General  Buildings, 29-33 Shortland Street, Auckland - $42,000,000
  • 110 Symonds Street, Auckland - $38,500,000
  • 1-55 Rothschild Ave, Rosebery - $190,000,000
  • Central Park Business Park,  Greenlane - $209,000,000
  • Bunnings Hamilton South - $25,100,000
  • The Warehouse, Blenheim - $16,380,000
  • NZI Centre, Auckland - $63,000,000
  • Royal Heights Shopping Centre, Auckland - $17,000,000
  • 75 Karangahape Road, Auckland - $23,300,000
  • 5 Nelson Street, Auckland - $9,000,000
  • 66-80 Broadway, Newmarket - $65,000,000


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Gareth Fraser

Auckland Director - Investment Sales


Gareth leads Colliers International's Investment Sales team. The team operates across the entire Auckland market from four strategic locations; CBD (including city fringe), South Auckland (based in Highbrook), West Auckland (based in North West Shopping Centre) and North Shore (based in Takapuna).

This is a large team of brokers and support staff focussed on providing solutions to owners, investors, developers, owner-occupiers and tenants. It features a specialised site sales team focussed on residential land and development opportunites. Investment Sales also includes the syndication division, offerring proportionate ownership opportunities to investors on behalf of clients.

Gareth is also on the Executive Team for Colliers in New Zealand.

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Jason Seymour

Director | Capital Markets


Jason has 29 years international experience in commercial sales, tenant representation, lease negotiation, corporate real estate strategy development, property management and building services design.

Jason joined Colliers International in 1991 to establish the engineering division in the Wellington office, and took on a national engineering role in 1993, incorporating the Wellington Property Management division in 1994. Jason transferred as a Director to the Colliers International Bangkok office in 1996, and in 1998 returned to Auckland to take up a role in commercial leasing brokerage, where he was consistently one of the top four leasing brokers in the market. In late 2005, Jason transferred to the Corporate and Institutional Sales team, specialising in sale and leaseback strategies, land development and large corporate sales.

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