Steady stream of options

By Colin Taylor

A motorcamp in parklike grounds is ideally situated to take advantage of new and established attractions

The Waihi Motor Camp, set next to Waitete Stream, includes onsite recreational facilities.
The Waihi Motor Camp, set next to Waitete Stream, includes onsite recreational facilities.

Set in parklike grounds with mature trees, ponds and a stream, the Waihi Motor Camp at 6 Waitete Road, Waihi, is to be auctioned next month - presenting the chance for a new owner to walk in and take over an established turn-key business and lifestyle property.

"This sale presents a golden opportunity for a buyer to buy an accommodation facility located within easy access to the newest section of the Hauraki Rail Trail - a popular three-day recreational cycling track," says Sharleen Adams of Bayleys Tauranga who is marketing the property and business for sale by auction on sold on November 13.

The freehold camp is built on a largely level site and has a range of accommodation types including: 52 powered caravan sites, 40 camp sites and 12 cabins, some of which are self-contained and backpackers' lodgings. Lighting and water are supplied throughout the park and the camp is equipped with toilet and shower facilities, and a kitchen block at its centre.

Waihi Motor Camp occupies 1.25 hectares of the 3.1ha property which is for sale in two titles encompassing the motor camp itself on one title and the owner/manager's property on the other.

Forming a backdrop to the park, the Waitete Stream flows through the western side of the property and serves as a popular swimming hole for patrons in summer.

"Sheep graze on a series of paddocks in the property, adding to the atmosphere," Adams says.

"Recreational attractions include an outdoor pool, and children's play area with a swing and trampoline."

The three-bedroom owner's residence is set away from guests on an elevated site overlooking the camp grounds. On the western side of the house is a formal entry and camp office.

"The private owner/manager's grounds include spacious indoor and outdoor living with plenty of room to entertain friends and family - along with having raised vegetable gardens," Adams says.

"Bookings are particularly busy in summer when the camp is a popular destination. A new owner could move in and immediately start taking reservations for the upcoming summer months. With beautiful beaches nearby and typically warm temperatures, the region is a real drawcard for families and other holidaymakers."

The land is zoned Residential and the existing use complies with zoning under Hauraki District Council regulations.

"The completion of a section of the Hauraki Rail Trail in the Coromandel linking Waikino to Waihi is tipped to significantly boost tourism to the region, benefiting a number of local businesses - including this one," Adams says.

Known as the country's easiest riding trail, cyclists are attracted to the 82km trail all year round because of the temperate climate on the Coromandel Peninsula and the Hauraki Plains, and the stunning scenery throughout the ride.

The Hauraki Rail Trail follows the path of two historic railway lines, running from Thames to Paeroa and Waikino to Te Aroha, with a new path linking Waikino to Waihi. The new 7km section was officially opened last month.

"The completion of the newest section of the Hauraki Rail Trail was great news for local businesses because it will attract further tourism dollars to the area," Adams says.

"Waihi Motor Camp is in an ideal position to accommodate cyclists undertaking the trail. The camp is located close to main thoroughfare State Highway 2, only minutes from the township of Waihi.

"With a growing number of visitors now arriving in the town, the current owners view it as an ideal time to hand over the reins of the accommodation business to a new owner to take advantage of these opportunities.

"But it's not just the rail trail and Waihi's sandy beaches that draw a variety of tourists and visitors to the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty tourism regions."

The Waihi area is famous for gold mining with miners first attracted to the area in the 1800s. Three working mines remain in operation and gold mining remains a major attraction in Waihi, with regular tours operating in the area.

"The location is ideal from a tourism perspective as it is centrally located to many well-known attractions including bush walks, golf courses, retail outlets and restaurants," Adams says.

Other visitors are attracted to the region by its thriving business and rural industries including dairy farming, tourism, horticulture, viticulture and forestry, and housing.

- NZ Herald

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