River Park Event Centre for sale at 797 Pourerere Road, Central Hawke's Bay

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Idyllic riverside property offers a change of lifestyle plus income from an established event centre business

An idyllic riverside property for sale in Central Hawke’s Bay provides an opportunity for a new owner to embrace a change of lifestyle while enjoying income from an established event centre business.

Located a short drive south of Hastings, River Park Event Centre is a stunning rural estate set on the bank of the Tukituki River.

The popular venue is ideal for hosting weddings, outdoor concerts, corporate functions, group retreats and other large events for up to 1,000 guests.

Purpose-built event facilities include a raised performance stage, lounge bar, covered dining patio, two retail service areas and the largest commercial kitchen in Central Hawke’s Bay.

A newly completed townhouse with a modern kitchen and decks flowing off the open plan living area allows a new owner to enjoy a peaceful rural lifestyle between events.

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Danny Blair and James Bridge of Colliers International Hawke’s Bay have been exclusively appointed to market the property at 797 Pourerere Road for sale by negotiation.

Blair says an enthusiastic buyer could readily take advantage of the business potential that the property affords.

“If you're seeking a change of pace in a stunning location, with a lifestyle business to provide you with annual income and a comfortable home, this opportunity needs to be inspected.

“The property is superbly located only 10km from Waipawa, which is the second-largest town in Central Hawke’s Bay.

“It is within an easy 35-minute drive of Hastings and less than an hour of Hawke’s Bay Airport in Napier, making it easily accessible to visitors from outside the region.

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“Guests can stay overnight in two cottages or camp on the extensive grounds, which are serviced by a well-appointed ablution block.

“The 4ha property provides ample onsite parking for guests and buses, as well as plenty of room to further develop the accommodation facilities.

“With extensive improvements in place and abundant scope for further growth, this is an ideal opportunity to take River Park Event Centre to the next level.”

Bridge says the property is set on established, low-maintenance grounds with fencing and security gates.

“Access is via dual entranceways fronting Pourerere Road just east of the Tukituki River. Asphalt roading, fringed by an attractive stand of trees, provides full drive around access.”

The venue’s main entrance, which is incorporated in the ground floor of the townhouse wing, fronts a sealed car park.

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It leads to a main event area comprising a 202sq m licensed lounge bar, 73sq m veranda and 120sq m covered dining patio, which can be extended using a marquee over the adjoining grassed lawn.

The commercial kitchen, which can cater for up to 1,000 guests, has a built-in chiller and a registered food certificate to July 2020. Two retail windows, facing the patio and stage areas, allow for outdoor service.

The 145sq m raised stage sits on the extensive lawn facing the event centre. It adjoins a comfortable changeroom for performers and a 55sq m tractor shed.

The 192sq m townhouse was completed in 2016-17.  Ground floor facilities include a laundry, office, commercial storeroom and 96sq m double carport.

The first floor features an open plan living and dining area with excellent flow to 53sq m of decks, and a kitchen with bifold windows overlooking the grounds.

There are two bedrooms, with the ability to create a third, and a generous bathroom with separate shower and bath.

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Two cottages provide a combined 24sq m of overnight guest accommodation. Each has a queen size bed and a sliding door onto a 10sq m covered front deck.

The guest ablution block has separate male and female facilities, each with four showers and six toilets. A separate disabled bathroom is located on the ground floor of the townhouse wing.

The property has full services including an onsite sewer and septic system with capacity for 1,500 people.

Water is supplied under the Hautope Water Scheme, the shares of which are transferrable. It is stored in a 26,000-litre tank and treated and tested monthly to strict food standards.

River Park Event Centre is a member of the New Zealand Motor Caravan Association and advertises events on the NZMCA website. It offers free overnight camping to members and event ticket holders.

Recent and upcoming events include the River Park Blues Festival, The Topp Twins, The Warratahs and The Lady Killers.

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Danny Blair


Hawkes Bay

Having worked in commercial real estate since 2006, Danny has over ten years’ experience in the commercial real estate industry and has been involved in multiple transactions throughout the past decade, specialising in sales and leasing solutions for corporate tenants, investors and developers alike.

Before moving back to Hawkes Bay in 2013, Danny worked as a senior broker for NYSE listed Jones Lang LaSalle, specialising in CBD office leasing in Wellington CBD.

Since his return to Hawkes Bay where Danny was appointed as leasing manager, he has concluded over 100 transactions, including Hawkes bays largest office lease, the relocation of Kiwibank’s national call and recovery centre to Hastings from Wellington. In 2015 Danny became a shareholder in Colliers Hawkes Bay and a director in 2017.  Danny handles opportunities across the whole commercial market but his major strengths lie in lease restructuring projects, sales, and development deals. He prides himself on his professionalism and skill in ensuring that projects are managed to the client’s total satisfaction.

In addition to his decades’ experience, Danny’s strengths also lie with the established networks he maintains across the corporate and government sectors nationally, encompassing a variety of complementary professions and skillsets. Danny has the connections and the resources to get the job done.

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James Bridge

Rural Sales Specialist


Growing up in Central Hawke’s Bay on family farms in Tikokino and Argyll East, James started his career in advertising, working as a creative and marketing strategist for global agencies in Wellington, Auckland and Melbourne. 

The natural pull of home and the craving for the outdoors brought James back to Hawke’s Bay in 2010 to embark on a career as a horse trainer. Focusing on buying and selling thoroughbreds into Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong markets, James' skills in negotiation and closing deals came to the fore. James also trained a number of horses for clients, they always enjoyed consistent communication and had regular visits to the winners circle.

In 2016 the opportunity to pursue his life-long dream of farming came through the purchase of a 382ha coastal sheep and beef trading block at Pourerere Beach. James’ practical farming knowledge allows him to accurately point out the strengths, scope and potential of all land types to his clients.

His knowledge of Central Hawke’s Bay coupled with a focus on building lasting relationships with people holds James in great stead to help you  realise the true worth of your rural investment.

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