Napier’s Deco City motor lodge for sale

5:00 AM Wednesday April 19, 2017 Colin Taylor

The front entry to the Deco City Motor Lodge, Onekawa, Napier. Photo / Supplied

A large motor lodge in Napier, close to the airport and main road expressways, is due to go under the hammer next month in Auckland.

The land, buildings and going concern business comprising the Deco City Motor Lodge at 308 Kennedy Rd, Onekawa, Napier is being marketed by Paul Dixon, Carolyn Hanson and Daniel Moffitt of Bayleys. It will auctioned at 11am on May 17 in the auction room within Bayleys House, 30 Gaunt St, Auckland – unless sold earlier. 

The Qualmark 4.5 motor lodge for sale is a 30-room accommodation complex, plus conference suite, and three rooms that have access for disabled guests. 

The property also encompasses a large manager’s quarters with four bedrooms, 2.5 bathrooms, family room and a separate driveway. 

Deco City is a member of the Host Accommodation Group – a dedicated New Zealand network of motels, motor lodges and hotels. 

Dixon says the motor lodge features quality fittings in large self-contained rooms with air conditioning, and the majority of the queen and super king rooms having top-class King Koil beds. It can also cater for small conference groups on site.

He says the building with a floor area of 1850sq m was constructed 19 years ago and occupies a 2682sq m freehold site with the underlying land zoned Residential 9 (A). Both the property and the business are owned by the occupier.

“All aspects of the building are sound and meet current warrant of fitness standards. The assessed seismic rating is 80 per cent of New Building Standard,” Dixon says. 

Hanson says all tourism facilities will benefit from the redevelopment of Napier’s Marine Parade that has been designed to enhance the city’s coastal amenities.


A view of the Deco City Motor Lodge across the swimming pool. Photo / Supplied

It includes a skating area to cater for all levels of roller skaters and skateboarders as well as other roller sports such as roller derby and quad hockey. A multi-purpose stage will be the focus of concerts, community events and other entertainment.

Other features of the project include pathways with designated lookout points, a series of bubble-up water features leading to a feature pool with LED-lit computerised water jets; and a number of carvings, and sculpted edges. 

Moffitt says projections for Napier tourism promise a good future for the accommodation industry. 

Over the past 13 years, total visitor arrivals into Napier have increased at an annual average rate of 2 percent with total arrivals forecast to reach the 590,000 mark in the year 2020. 

“Napier also has the most comprehensive collection of inner-city art deco buildings in the world.

“Every February, thousands of people flock to the city to celebrate the Art Deco Weekend Summer Festival which celebrates the reconstruction of Napier City after the devastating earthquake in 1931.

“Napier is also home to many of the nation’s oldest wineries and is among the cities recording the highest annual sunshine hours,” Moffitt says. 

He says there were 3.34 million visitor arrivals to New Zealand in the year ended July 2016 -  11.2 per cent higher than in the year ended July 2015.

In the previous year to June 2016, a total of 2,136,171 guest nights were spent in short-term commercial accommodation in New Zealand - an increase of 229,975 nights (12 per cent) from June 2015.

“For the year ending June 2016, the total spend by international visitors increased to

$10.28 billion - up 17.7 percent over the 12 months to June 2015,” Moffitt says.


Paul Dixon of Bayleys