Historic Puriri Coach House pub for sale
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.