His­toric Puriri Coach House pub for sale

Hauraki Herald - - OUT & ABOUT -

A coun­try pub next to the New Zealand na­tional cy­cle net­work has been placed on the mar­ket for sale – just as a new spur to the track has opened up a few kilo­me­tres away.

The Coach House ho­tel in the Coro­man­del town­ship of Puriri sits on the Thames to Paeroa link of the Hau­raki Rail Trail which opened in 2012, and now ri­vals the Otago Rail Trail as New Zealand’s most used tourism cy­cling amenity. In five short years the Hau­raki Rail Trail has con­tin­u­ally ex­panded – driven by high vis­i­tor num­bers from across the ‘Golden Tri­an­gle’ pop­u­la­tion ma­trix of Tau­ranga, Hamil­ton and Auck­land. The new 55 kilo­me­tre Ka­iaua/Thames trunk of the cy­cle route opened this month.

The Coach House ho­tel is lo­cated some 250 me­tres from the off-road cy­cle track, with the new Ka­iaua/Thames spur mak­ing Puriri town­ship a ‘pass-through’ point rather than a ter­mi­na­tion or com­mence­ment des­ti­na­tion.

The prop­erty at 8865 PaeroaKopu Rd – State High­way 26 – traces its roots back to 1881 when the nearby Coro­man­del re­gion to the north was pros­per­ing through the kauri log­ging and gold min­ing eco­nomic ac­tiv­i­ties, with the Karanga­hake Gorge to the south was pros­per­ing through the gold min­ing and road build­ing.

The ho­tel was built as a coach stop on the Thames to Paeroa/ Thames to Waihi/Thames to Te Aroha routes. Horses were sta­bled at the rear of the prop­erty and in a neigh­bour­ing pad­dock.

Sit­ting on some 3,165 square me­tres of free­hold land, the Coach House land, build­ings and hos­pi­tal­ity busi­ness are be­ing jointly mar­keted for sale at auc­tion on De­cem­ber 6 by Bay­leys Thames and Bay­leys Hamil­ton.

Bay­leys Hamil­ton sales­per­son Josh Smith said the 450 square me­tre build­ing con­tained five dou­ble-bed­rooms, a cafe´-style restau­rant, and two tra­di­tional Kiwi coun­try style bar ar­eas – one a ‘pub­lic’ bar, and the other area known as the ‘ladies lounge’ and a north-fac­ing grassed gar­den bar with chil­dren’s play­ground.

Smith said the build­ing’s ameni­ties had been sub­stan­tially re­fur­bished and mod­ernised over the past two years – with a more fam­ily-ori­en­tated clien­tele now stop­ping in for meals and drinks.

‘‘Like many coun­try ho­tels through­out New Zealand, the Coach House has tran­si­tioned from serv­ing a purely gum­boot and sin­glet-wear­ing lo­cal ru­ral clien­tele, into a des­ti­na­tion venue,’’ he said.

A com­mer­cial-grade kitchen in the Coach House fea­tures a sixburner gas hob, deep fryer and grillers – both un­der a stain­lesssteel ex­trac­tion range – walk-in chiller unit, and com­mer­cial­grade dish washer/rinser.

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