Three Hakas in foursome Auckland sale

4:19 PM Saturday October 6, 2018 Colin Taylor

The Haka Hotel is a central Auckland night-time landmark with distinctive, multi-coloured, patchwork lighting. Photo / Supplied

A portfolio of four Auckland hotel, lodge and commercial properties, three of which are occupied by award-winning tourism and accommodation provider Haka Tourism Group on 10-year leases, are for sale.

Three of the properties are located on the Karangahape Rd ridge and one in Newmarket. They are being sold by Auckland property developer and investor Andy Davies, best known for his Ponsonby Central development.

The portfolio comprises a new Haka Hotel opened early this year at 9 Manukau Rd, Newmarket; the Haka Backpackers’ Lodge at 373 Karangahape Rd; an adjoining multi-tenanted three-level commercial building at 375 Karangahape Rd; and another recently completed Haka Hotel at the rear of these two buildings at 2 Day St.

The portfolio is generating total annual rent of $1,813,000 with future agreed stepped rent increases to about $2.23 million.

Bayleys Real Estate has been appointed to sell the properties by international tender, closing at 4pm Thursday November 1, unless all or any of the properties are sold earlier.

Tenders can be lodged for the entire portfolio or for one or more individual properties which are being marketed through Nick Thompson, Bayleys’ director – hotels and tourism; international sales director James Chan; and Damien Bullick, senior commercial broker with Bayleys’ Auckland city & fringe division.

The four properties are:

Haka Hotel at 2 Day St

The largest of the properties is the 3255sq m 63 suite Haka Hotel, located just off Karangahape Rd, which opened in late 2017.

Bullick says the building has become something of a night-time central Auckland landmark because of its distinctive, multi-coloured, patchwork lighting and its high profile position overlooking the motorway network on the Karangahape Rd ridge line.

Located on an elevated City Centre zoned site of about 315sq m, the high rise four-star hotel with a mix of studio, one and two bedroom suites, has unobstructed, wide-ranging views of the Harbour Bridge, Waitemata Harbour and Auckland CBD.

The property is generating net annual rent of $840,000 plus GST which will increase through fixed annual rent increases to $1,080,000 plus GST from October 2020. The initial 10-year lease runs until October 2027 with three 10-year rights of renewal, which if exercised would take the final expiry through until October 2057.

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The new Haka Hotel at 9 Manukau Rd, Newmarket. Photo / Supplied

Haka Lodge at 373 Karangahape Rd

Adjoining the Haka Hotel on a high profile site of around 232sq m on the corner of Karangahape Rd and Day St, this 805sq m character building is fully leased to Haka for use as a backpackers’ lodge with a mix of upmarket dormitory rooms, private rooms with ensuites, and a quad room. Common facilities include a fully equipped kitchen, large lounge and movie room and free unlimited Wi-Fi.

The property is well located for public transport links, with K Rd’s main bus hub close by, and is within walking distance of central Auckland’s many visitor attractions.

This property is generating annual rent of $165,000 (plus GST) with fixed rent increase provisions to $190,000 (plus GST) in June 2022. Its current 10-year lease runs until June 2025 with two further 10-year rights of renewal.

Commercial building at 375 Karangahape Rd

Adjoining both 373 Karangahape Rd and 2 Day St, this 543sq m commercial building on a site of approximately 224 sq m was fully refurbished and seismically strengthened by Davies in 2014.

Bullick says Italian restaurant Cotto leases the ground level; Anthology lounge bar and a live music venue occupy the basement level; and three tenants lease character office accommodation on Level One.

The property’s various leases earn annual rent of $229,600 plus GST, including income from signage leases.

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The Haka Backpackers’ Lodge at 373 Karangahape Rd. Photo / Supplied

“As a result of their refurbishments, both of the K Rd buildings have good seismic ratings which is a rarity in this precinct for older buildings,” says Bullick. “All three adjoining properties benefit from being close to the corner of K Rd and Ponsonby Rd with their many eateries, bars, mix of retail stores and entertainment venues. The location also gives easy access to the CBD and to motorways.”

Haka Hotel at 9 Manukau Rd

This 1725 sq m building on an 1103 sq m freehold site with a flexible Mixed Use zoning underwent a major refurbishment and conversion in 2017 to enable it to be leased for use as a three-star hotel and lodge with 63 rooms, including a manager’s suite, plus on-site car parking.

The 10-year lease to a Haka Hotel Group company runs until December 2027, with three 10- year rights of renewal. The property’s annual rent is $578,596 plus GST, including income from two telecommunications leases; however this will increase to a minimum of $738,596 plus GST by December 2020.

Chan says the property is close to the border of Epsom and Newmarket, at the northern end of Manukau Rd, a main arterial road running from Newmarket through to Royal Oak. “It’s well positioned for a hotel, just a short walk from central Newmarket and the Broadway shopping precinct, as well as having easy access to both the CBD and Auckland airport.”

He says an attractive feature of the Haka hotel leases for investors is their annual fixed rent increases.

“There are stepped annual increases in the first four years of the Day St and Manukau Rd leases which take into account the fact that, in the early years of their operation, hotels have higher outgoings and need time to build up occupancy rates. After that there will be two-yearly Consumer Price Index adjustments.”

Davies’ association with the Haka Tourism Group dates back to 2015 when he refurbished and seismically strengthened a vacant character building which he owned at 373 Karangahape Rd for the Haka Lodge accommodation chain. The Haka Lodge Group, which targets the upper end of the backpacker market, was established in 2010 and also has premises in Paihia, Taupo, Christchurch and Queenstown.

Davies then developed a new 11-storey building (leased and operating as Haka Suites Hotel) on his property at 2 Day St and also fully refurbished his 9 Manukau Rd property for hotel use and leased this to the Haka Tourism Group for a second hotel. Originally it was a five-level office building developed in the 1970s and later converted to residential accommodation.

Thompson says the development of the Haka Hotel brand follows and complements the success of sister brands Haka Tours, which specialises in individually customised small group tours; and Haka Lodges. 

“Their focus is on the three and four star sector of the hotel market where there is plenty of opportunity to improve traveller experiences and they are looking to establish eight more hotels around the country in the next five years. 

“Their aim is to provide well priced, quality hotel accommodation based on personalised service, contemporary designs and furnishings and innovative technology. The two Haka hotels that are already operating have received a very positive response from the market, with a high level of favourable online reviews.”

The Haka Tourism Group is a group of private companies owned by The Sanders Whānau Trust, and was established in 2007 by Ryan Sanders who quit his corporate job with the Royal Bank of Scotland to establish Haka Tours.

Today, the Haka group incorporates nine separate businesses, employs over 150 people and is one of New Zealand’s fastest growing and most awarded tourism operators. It picked up four major honours at the 2017 New Zealand Tourism Awards, including the prestigious Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award as well as business excellence and marketing awards.

Ryan Sanders, the director of the companies in the Haka Group, also won the Tourism Champion Award for his "visionary and influential leadership” at the NZ Tourism Awards, and was also named as Canterbury’s Emerging Leader at the Westpac Canterbury 2018 Business Awards. The Haka Group has also been announced as a finalist in the customer service and marketing awards categories for Westpac’s 2018 Auckland Business Awards.

“The Haka Group is now an internationally recognised force in tourism,” says Thompson. “In the last three years the group has grown at an average of 60 per cent year on year and since 2010 Haka have won over 30 awards in a wide range of categories.”