Big tourism complex on market

2:03 PM Sunday June 8, 2014 Colin Taylor

Interior of Kiwipaka.

Rotorua's second biggest tourist accommodation specialist, Kiwipaka, is on the market for the first time since it was built in 1986.

The complex was opened by Doug and Bev McLeay after Doug picked up scores of hitchhikers and realised there was nowhere cheap for them to stay in Rotorua.

He and a friend built the original lodge on the McLeay's property at 60 Tarewa Rd, and with further development of chalets it is now a 246-bed property.

However, after 27 years of operating Kiwipaka, the McLeays are retiring and the business is being marketed for sale by expressions of interest through Michael Osborne, hotel and accommodation specialist with Link Business Broking who says a new 35-year lease is being offered with the sale of the business and chattels for $690,000.

The property caters for diverse groups from independent travellers, families, sports groups and schools.

Accommodation is only one aspect of the Kiwipaka operation set on just over a hectare on the fringe of central Rotorua.

The business includes a profitable cafe and on-site bar, a tour desk, conference facilities for 120 people, plus catering and facilities for group itinerary planning and logistics.