Newbery Lodge homestead seeks new owners

After 30 years of current ownership, the popular wedding and function venue, Newbery Lodge in Christchurch, is being offered for sale.

The beautiful character homestead in Opawa, was built in the 1930s and is set on 4249sq m of established grounds.

Investment brokers Courtney Doig and Paul Vining of Colliers International are marketing the property.

Vining said Newbery Lodge, which was significantly refurbished in 2011, is being sold with the lease and current functions activity in place to locally owned caterers Continental. 

“This is a really unusual opportunity to buy a lovely old building and continue to run it as a successful events centre or convert it into a beautiful private residence. It’s a significant land holding zoned Living 1, which principally provides for low-density permanent living accommodation. 

“Newbery Lodge has three reception/dining/meeting rooms of various sizes and is a popular Christchurch wedding venue because of its excellent indoor outdoor flow and proximity close to the city.”

The original house was built on the current Newbery Lodge site in the early 1850s by Dr John Shering Willis from the UK and his wife, Agnes Louise. Along with 10 acres of land, the house was subsequently gifted to one of their three daughters, who married Alfred Newbery. 

Sold in the mid 1920s, the house either burnt down or fell into serious disrepair and was sold to the Stevens family who replaced the old house with the homestead that is on site now. At that time it was called Clumber, but in the 1970s was renamed Newbery Lodge by one of the subsequent owners.

The homestead building and grounds are for sale by deadline private treaty, closing March 3.
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