Views of the Cook Strait from the stunning location of Pencarrow


Luxurious lifestyle just a short drive from the nation’s capital offers multiple business and living options for enterprising shoppers on Wellington’s south coast.

For the first time ever, Pencarrow Lodge, recognized as a premium business and events venue on the rugged South Coast, is offered for sale by tender through Bayleys.

Bayleys Wellington Commercial Director Mark Hourigan said the options offered by the lodge’s location and facilities mean there are multiple lifestyle and business opportunities contained within its 205ha footprint which includes miles of waterfront, stunning views of the Kaikoura Ranges and two high quality homes.

“Pencarrow Lodge was built on the vision Mike and Jane Curtis had when they walked what was a large block of pasture 34 years ago. They quickly saw the potential for expanding the small chalet, transforming it into the sprawling pavilion we see today,” says Hourigan.

The Curtis have organized horseback riding tours through the property, while the lodge has also hosted corporate events and weddings capitalizing on a location that, despite feeling isolated, is only 15 minutes away. from the village of Eastbourne.

The couple have also incorporated mountain biking access into the property, offering pre-ordered trays to hungry cyclists crossing the property via the private road that leads to Baring Head station on the edge of the Cook Strait.

The property on which the lodge is built consists of an area evenly distributed between regenerating dense native bush in a central valley that includes nikau palms taking advantage of the area’s warmer microclimate.

With an abundance of deer, goats and hogs, the block is popular for guest hunters who have the option of staying in the small hunter’s cabin well placed above the bush block. Outdoor enthusiasts will also appreciate the many fishing and diving spots in front of the property along the coast, recognized among the best in the region.

For those seeking romantic solitude, the property also includes the Paiaka Suite, a secluded romantic hideaway nestled within the grounds that shares the main lodge’s scenic views of the Cook Strait, in an intimate and secluded location.

Like the main lodge, Paiaka is completely off the grid and both buildings are powered via a full solar photovoltaic grid, ensuring all the benefits of grid electricity without the connection hassles that come with remote locations.

The native bush foundation could give the property the opportunity to replant more and rack up carbon credits that the government’s proposed changes will see only attributable to native rather than exotic plantings in years to come.

Combined with the lodge’s off-grid power, natural location and pristine surroundings, the potential for further marketing as an eco-focused retreat could be an option.

“For anyone wanting to both live here and make a living, it is possible to use the Paiaka suite as your home, whilst renting the lodge facilities from a catering/events company – the proximity to Wellington itself- even opens up a lot more offerings than more completely remote locations can offer,” says Hourigan.

He anticipates strong interest from parties attracted by the property’s relatively accessible location and “off-the-grid” appeal, all bolstered by its proximity to Wellington Airport across the Cook Strait, and only a short helicopter ride away.

“It’s quite rare to be able to find a place that gives you that feeling of solitude and perspective, without really having to walk a long way, maybe up the Wairarapa coast for example – it offers the best of all worlds, both for lifestyle and business opportunity.

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