Key Points:

    New Zealand record property sales:
  • 2018 record: 15 Cremorne St, Herne Bay, $27.5m
  • Second-top 2018: 542 Remuera Rd, $25.5m
  • Top official sale 2019: 704 Malagans Rd, Speargrass Flat, $13.9m
  • Yesterday's sale of part of $24m Te Rere Cove expected to be near top

A Waiheke Island property sale yesterday could top this year's New Zealand residential price records but the southern sale last week of a high-profile property at the centre of a helicopter fight so far holds the official top spot.

Nick Goodall, CoreLogic NZ research head, said the property near Queenstown sold on Friday for $13.9m.

The Malagans Rd property. Photo / supplied
The Malagans Rd property. Photo / supplied

"The highest sale price we have [this year] is 704 Malaghans Rd in Speargrass Flat, Queenstown, which sold for $13.9m on 27 June 2019. It's a lifestyle property," Goodall said today.


"The title has a transfer on 28 June 2019 to Malaghans 704 Limited," he said.

That company's sole director and shareholder is Tim Roberts, Companies Office records show. He is the Australian billionaire who has bought three rural properties in the Queenstown area, including Walter Peak Station.

The southern record was set in advance of the transfer of Waiheke Island's Te Rere Cove which Goodall said had not yet shown up on official documents.

Revealed: Buyer of NZ's most expensive house sold this year - magnificent $24m island paradise

Te Rere buyer Martyn Reesby said he had settled the deal yesterday.

That Waiheke place was valued last year at $24m, could well top the Wakatipu Basin $13.9m sale.

Speargrass Flat is rolling rural country near Queenstown, in the basin but with extensive alpine vistas near Arrowtown. That property and its owner billionaire Tim Roberts has been in the headlines since he bought it just two years ago.

Australian Tim Roberts of Perth got official state clearance to buy 704 Malaghans Rd in 2017, the same year he bought the 39ha Walter Peak Station for $14.8m.


He needed Overseas Investment Office consent to buy 704 Malaghans Rd: "The applicant intends to migrate to New Zealand and reside in New Zealand indefinitely," the consent said.

The property is classified as sensitive land and being of a special character or nature, hence state involvement in his purchase.

The vendor was New Zealand company Queenstown Corporation, wholly owned by kiwi Donald Fletcher, according to the clearance for Timothy Andrew Roberts dated February 17, 2017.

Last year, Roberts applied to the Queenstown Lakes District Council for a resource for a helipad on his property.

His non-complying application sought 150 flights a year, a maximum of 20 flights a month and seven flights a week. Flights were classified in his application as "one trip in and one trip out." No physical work was sought to be undertaken on the site. The chopper would take off and land to the north of an existing shed.

Assessment documents said: "The applicant owns other land within the Queenstown-Lakes District including a farm at Walter Peak and Halfway Bay. The primary use of the helipad is to allow the application to commute to and from these locations. This will save time and decrease the amount of road vehicle traffic to and from the property. The Walter Peak site is difficult to access by road while Halfway Bay Station has no road access."

Roberts got consent but in January this year, the Herald reported how neighbour Allister Saville and wife Diane appealed that to the Environment court just before Christmas.

Billionaire's chopper flight application declined

In April this year, Roberts asked the Environment Court to declare flights to and from his 12ha Malaghans Rd property were permitted under district planning rules.

The Wakatipu Basin from Skippers Canyon. Photo / Dean Purcell
The Wakatipu Basin from Skippers Canyon. Photo / Dean Purcell

He argued the flights were "ancillary to farming activities'' - supporting operations on his two high country farms - and did not need resource consent.

Judge Jane Borthwick declined the application in her decision in May, saying the flights were for a "different activity and an end in itself''.

Today, it was revealed that Auckland property financier Martyn Reesby bought just over half or 8.8ha of the 13.8ha Te Rere Cove, passed in at auction in October for $18.5m but valued last year at $24m.

Reesby might not have paid anywhere near the $18.5m or the $24m, as he only bought a little over half the place.

Reesby, agents Graham and Ollie Wall and vendors David Parkinson and Dee Crawford are understood to have signed non-disclosure agreements.

Last year's highest price house sold in New Zealand was 15 Cremorne St in Herne Bay. Interests associated with Stephen Lockwood of insurer Crombie Lockwood sold that for $27.5m to marina and property investors Simon and Paula Herbert.

The Herberts also set 2018's second-highest residential sale in New Zealand with 542 Remuera Rd, sold to an overseas buyer, for $25.5m.

Article updated after publication when Roberts' company was revealed as having bought the property.