Property Matters Ltd is selling a 14.8ha block of former Mangere market garden land, close to Auckland Airport and main arterial routes.

Agent Anne Gaze says the development site, at 88 Tidal Rd, has excellent connectivity and stands within Auckland Council's useful Light Industrial Zone. Tenders close at 3pm on August 24. "Landholdings of this scale and size are becoming rare at Mangere, considering that 14ha equates to about the same number of rugby fields. This is clearly going to be one of the last opportunities to secure such a site in this area."

Gaze says the land is steeped in Auckland's history. It was once owned by one of the city's original market gardeners, who migrated to the Pukekohe area, and the land had been used for horticulture for much of the past 50 years.

"Its Maori cultural connections date back to the 14th century and were carefully considered when the vendor investigated development prospects for the site.


"Archaeological experts and representatives of Te Akitai surveyed extensively during excavation, just to ensure nothing of importance lay beneath the surface."

Gaze says the location would suit any sort of logistics-based operation.

As well as being close to the airport, Tidal Rd is only about 100m away from the Southwest Motorway, which feeds directly to the city's north, southwest and ports.

The zoning provides for a wide range of industrial activities, such as manufacturing, production, logistics, storage, transport and distribution.

"It provides for the establishment of dairies, drive-through restaurants, food and beverage operations, garden centres, motor vehicle sales, marine retail, service stations, show homes and trade supply and accessory offices. A varied selection of businesses would be allowed to operate from the site.

"Over the past year the vendor has put much in the way of time, resources and funds into the land to make it construction-ready," says Gaze.

"The fact that this work has been done so thoroughly will provide peace of mind for the eventual purchaser," she adds.

"Reports from civil and geotechnical engineers and planners are readily available, along with all communication concerning iwi and the Outstanding Natural Features (ONF) that border the site.

"However, following this process, the vendor realised the site's size would no longer cater for their medium-term business strategy, hence the decision to put the property up for sale."