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Investors tap into tradition with iconic piece of pub history

Halfway between Nelson and Motueka, the oldest pub in New Zealand still operating from its original premises offers investors, owner-occupiers, and developers a rare and exciting opportunity to own a piece of Kiwi hospitality heritage, Bayleys salespeople say.

The iconic wooden hotel, located on 5,364sqm (more or less) of freehold land at 1406 Moutere Highway, is on the most popular route for local wine tasting in a region renowned for its vineyards, wineries, and strong hospitality and tourism sector. The site is commercially zoned, which is a rarity for the Upper Moutere area.

Bayleys salesperson Matt Galvin says the property is offered to the market at a time of increasing tourism interest for the region, as the post-pandemic rise in international travel fuels interest in safe and natural environments like New Zealand.

“With unrest occurring in several continents, there’s a growing appreciation for authentic, locally driven hospitality experiences, evident in the uptick of visitors seeking destinations that combine history with high-quality, homegrown products.

“The current Moutere Inn owners have meticulously brought the pub into the contemporary hospitality scene by leveraging this appetite to entrench its ‘Kiwiana’ reputation. The pub enjoys a status as Moutere’s only craft beer free house, with rotating taps of locally brewed beer.

“Wines are sourced within a 10-kilometre radius of the Inn, and home-cooked pub meals are made from scratch in the Moutere Kitchen, making it a ‘must-see’ destination for both visiting locals and tourists.”

Galvin is marketing the historic property for sale by freehold going concern with an asking price of $1,595,000 plus stock and GST (if any).

Elevated above rolling hillsides, the approximately 527sqm Moutere Inn features a spacious dining area and bar, 220sqm (more or less) garden bar, and a fully equipped kitchen designed to serve the busy dinner crowd. Additionally, there is 93sqm (more or less) of garage and storage space.

The ground floor, adjacent to the main dining room, includes a two-bedroom manager’s residence. The upper level offers four guest suites, a lounge, kitchen, and bathroom, totalling 127sqm (more or less)

“Originally built by one of the first German settlers in the area, the Inn has traded in hospitality for more than 170 years, with sympathetic refurbishments updating the established premises to a comfortable yet historic destination.

“There is a large car park just off the highway which provides access for caravans, groups travelling by bus, and other visitors. Despite its lineage, the building is not heritage listed, making for a more straightforward process should the new purchaser look to further utilise the large site with expansion or improvement.”

Galvin says the Inn’s current owners of the last 16 years have committed to showcasing the region's local produce and craftsmanship, which has provided a memorable and genuine experience for visitors.

“With extensive outdoor seating and scenic views, the Moutere Inn is perfectly positioned to capitalise on its location amid the region’s award-winning wineries, artisan food producers and stunning natural attractions - making it an appealing investment for those looking to enter or expand operations within the hospitality sector.

“The Inn represents a storied local history packaged beautifully into a contemporary destination, making it more than just a property, but a vibrant piece of New Zealand’s hospitality history.”

Click here for more information on the listing.

Historic-photo_1.jpg Image: Moutere Inn pictured circa 1880 with a visiting family and horse-drawn wagon.

Historic-photo_2.JPG Image: Workers, children, and dogs pictured outside the Moutere Inn circa 1890.

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