Rotongaio Station and idyllic lakeside lodge for sale

High-quality hill country sheep and beef breeding with a five-bedroom lodge

Rotongaio Station’s expansive hill country farm and idyllic lakeside lodge have been placed on the market in the highly regarded farming district of Putere in northern Hawke’s Bay.

The 769ha property, located some 58km from Wairoa and 100km north of Napier, comprises a quality sheep and beef breeding/finishing unit with full farm infrastructure and amenities.

A five-bedroom lodge, a three-bedroom cottage and a boatshed provide ample accommodation and storage, with stunning views across Lake Rotoroa.

Colliers International’s Rural and Agribusiness team has been exclusively appointed to market Rotongaio Station for sale by international tender closing at 2pm on Monday 6 May.

National Co-director Hadley Brown says the property offers an excellent mix of productive farmland, native bush, and lakeside recreation and accommodation.

“Rotongaio Station has a very good balance of contour, with the majority being easy to medium hill country and a high proportion of easy finishing country.

“The station has historically carried some 7,500 stock units and has a full complement of farm infrastructure.

“The property has some forestry land planted with 15- to 20-year-old pine, as well as some areas of native bush on the steeper contours.

“A special feature of Rotongaio lies in its surroundings that provide the ideal gateway to an outdoor enthusiast’s dream.

“Enjoy water skiing on the Lake Rotoroa, fly fishing on the Waiau River and excellent trout fishing on both waterways.

“If you prefer hunting there is an abundance of wild game on your doorstep including red and fallow deer, Spanish goats and wild boar.”

Brown says the accommodation provides the perfect place to relax after a rewarding day working the land, or an ideal tourism opportunity.

“The high-quality, five-bedroom lodge is situated on the shores of Lake Rotoroa, while the tidy three-bedroom cottage, with stunning views, is ideal for staff and guest accommodation.

“The boatshed provides accommodation, catering and bathroom facilities plus storage for all the toys.”

Rotongaio Station is located at 2221 Putere Road, which branches off State Highway 2, about 40 minutes’ drive northwest of Wairoa.

Wairoa provides essential services including a vet and building and rural supply stores. The main servicing centre is Napier, which is about an hour and 15 minutes’ drive away.

Rural Sales Specialist Mike Heard says the property varies in altitude from 160m adjoining the Waiau River to 540m at its high point.

“Some 595ha of the property is pastureland, ranging from easy cultivatable land through to medium-steep hill.

“An additional 19ha of light scrub provides some fair pasture, while 73ha of steep native scrub provides limited grazing.”

Heard says the station has another 64ha of native bush, some 33ha of which is under QE II covenant. The remaining land includes 13ha of forestry.

“The property mostly relies on water from springs, which is pumped to header tanks and gravity-fed to troughs throughout the property. Some paddocks rely on dams and streams for water.

“The property also benefits from an approximate annual rainfall of 1,400mm to 1,500mm. This is generally evenly spread through the year, making the property historically summer green.”


The property has a range of improvements including a woolshed and covered yards, plus additional supplementary sheds and stockyards.

Heard says the two-level lodge provides some 293sq m of living space plus a 97.6sq m double garage.

“The exterior is finished in neutral tones, with extensive timber cladding and joinery. A pitched roof crowns the substantial lakefront balcony and patio.

“The lodge is entered via a formal entry hall, leading to an open plan living, dining and kitchen area.

“Features include a freestanding fire, timber floors and ceilings, and bifold doors for excellent indoor-outdoor flow to the patio.

“The well-appointed kitchen features granite benchtops, a centre island bench, cedar cabinetry, stainless steel appliances and tiled flooring.

“Each of the five double bedrooms has ensuite access. There is also a laundry area and an upstairs kitchenette.”

The cottage, built in the 1950s, has some 100sq m of living space plus a 50sq m attached garage. It offers open plan living, a covered veranda, three double bedrooms with storage, a newly tiled bathroom and a new laundry.

The boatshed comprises 108sq m of basic accommodation, a 44.4sq m timber deck and 132sq m of shed space. A 31.2sq m detached amenity block includes a kitchen and two bathrooms.

A five-bay implement shed and lean to of 109.2sq m is located near the 233.8sq m woolshed. At the rear of the woolshed is a 52.3sq m partitioned area providing basic self-contained accommodation.

Two cattle yards and a sheep yard feature race and load out facilities constructed of timber.


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