A substantial dry stock finishing and sheep breeding farm with an extensive amount of paddock space enclosed by deer fencing has been placed on the market for sale.
The farm backs on to large areas of native bush providing abundance of sika, red and fallow deer.
Rocky Hill farm at Puketitiri, 57km northwest of Napier, is a 429ha farm which has traditionally been run as a sheep and bull beef finishing operation. About 145ha is deer fenced.
Building infrastructure on the property includes a four-stand woolshed, with 500-animal night pen capacity, a five-bay implement shed and workshop, a 120sq m helicopter hangar with a concrete landing pad outside, concreted floor inside, and a walk-in chiller/freezer unit used for storing on-site butchered livestock carcasses and separate sheep and cattle yards.
The accommodation consists of two dwellings, one a large four-bedroom/two-bathroom single-storey homestead and the other a three-bedroom/two-bathroom farm manager's cottage.
The freehold property at 5227 Puketitiri Rd is now being marketed for sale by tender through Bayleys Napier. Tenders close at 4pm on March 13.
Bayleys Napier salesmen Tony Rasmussen and Gavin Franklin said any new owner of Rocky Hill could continue to operate the farm in its current livestock and sheep-focused configuration, expand the deer management operations, or even look at creating a hunting park.
"This is not only a productive farming unit in its current configuration, but is also a hunters' paradise or deer farming operation," said Rasmussen.
"Should the hunting park option be explored, the existing helicopter hangar would allow for guests to fly in from Taupo or Napier, with the potential to turn the farm manager's dwelling into supporting accommodation for overnight stays."
Most of the property has easy contours, with 18ha covenanted as QEII native bush reserve.
Rasmussen said the bushland area provided a perfect habitat for resident sika, red, and fallow deer
All of these animals were regularly sourced for recreational hunting by the farm's current owner, he said.
Franklin said: "The property is subdivided into 52 paddocks with a combination of post and wire and electric fencing — all benefiting from excellent vehicle and stock movement access off a spinal laneway leading to the central stock yards.
"There is potential to expand the property's reticulated water system to improve pasture growth even further."