Otahuhu industrial has many possibilities

5:00 AM Wednesday July 1, 2015 Colin Taylor

The industrial property for sale at 192 James Fletcher Drive, Otahuhu – identified by a red border.

An Otahuhu industrial property described as “classic, hard-working and functional with potential to add value” will go under the hammer later this month.

The 2607 sq m warehouse and office building at 192 James Fletcher Drive is being marketed by agents Paul Higgins and Dwayne Warby for auction at 11am on Wednesday July 22 at Colliers International’s auction rooms at 151 Queen St, Auckland, unless it sells before the auction day by negotiation.

Higgins and Warby say the property, on four titles, offers buyers multiple options in a Business 6 zoned location.

“The 2077 square metre clear span warehouse is very functional with a stud height of 5.8 metres and rising to 6.7 metres,” Warby says. “It has adjoining office and amenities along with multiple roller doors providing access.

“Further well-presented offices are provided upstairs, with a combination of open plan and partitioned office space and meeting rooms.”

Warby says the large concrete yards allowing plenty of room for container loading and unloading or storage activities should complete a package appealing to prospective owner occupiers.

The property is offered vacant with some holding income provided by tenant, Smart Environment Ltd, that has occupied the front offices of the property for several years and which is currently on a monthly lease. The remainder of the property will be vacant by September this year. A Spark mobile site on the property also provides an additional income stream.

Higgins says the separate freehold titles and accommodative zoning in a desirable business location make the property a “one-of-a-kind offering”.  

He says the underlying zoning permits an almost unlimited variety of industrial uses. “There is flexibility to occupy all or part of the property, while the four titles offer the option to split the site to suit.”

The many add value options available to the buyer include occupying part of the property and leasing out the remainder for extra income, Higgins says.  

“The building is configured in a way that would readily accommodate partitioning into smaller units so an owner occupier could use part of the building for their own business purposes, while collecting an income stream from the balance of the property.”

Retaining ownership of the entire property but occupying only part of it would also give an ambitious smaller business room to grow in the future, Higgins says.

Warby says another option could be to adjust the current boundaries and split the site, selling off one or more of the titles as brownfield development sites which is likely to be a good proposition given the scarcity of Business 6 zoned land.  

“Business 6 land is increasing in appeal to occupiers which require premises that permit heavier industrial uses,” he says. “This planning class offers the most flexible and broadest land use options to businesses, making provision for almost any activity and keeping heavy industry separate from more sensitive areas such as retail and residential.

“For this reason, land in Business 6 zoned areas has become a scarce resource - highly sought after and quite hard to come by,” Warby says.

He expects that zoning changes under the Proposed Auckland Unitary Plan will continue to push heavy industrial occupiers into concentrated pockets of Business 6 zoned land, creating increasing demand.

Higgins says Otahuhu's convenient location and its status as one of the most cost-effective and long-established industrial locations in Auckland have seen the area grow in popularity among those businesses which value being close to motorways and the airport.

These include well-known national and international brands with distribution centres in Otahuhu like Progressive Enterprises, L'Oreal, Fonterra, Supercheap Auto, Konica Minolta and USG.

Warby says the completion of the Waterview Connection of State Highway 20 with SH16 will further improve regional transit from this location.

“When the Waterview project opens, there will be two motorway options from this property for connections north, south and west.”  

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Paul Higgins (left) and Dwayne Warby (right) of Colliers International.  


What’s on offer?

The property: 2607 sq m office and warehouse.

Location: 192 James Fletcher Drive, Otahuhu.

Agency: Colliers International.

Sales method: By auction at 11am, Wednesday July 22.

Venue: Colliers’ auction rooms, 151 Queen St, Auckland CBD.


  •          Freehold with multiple options.
  •          Four titles allow site split to suit.
  •          Big concrete yards for container handling.
  •          Selling with vacant possession.
  •          Holding income possible from monthly tenant. 

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