High-profile South Canterbury dairy farmers Aad and Wilma van Leeuwen have put a number of their farms up for sale.
Located in a prime position on the outskirts of Wanaka, the 6,639-ha Lake McKay Station is one of the Southern Lakes’ most prominent properties. It encompasses a diverse geography of mountainous terrain, natural gorges, streams and premium pastureland, as well as views over Wanaka and Mount Aspiring to Hawea and the Clutha River.
Presently run as a successful sheep and cattle station, New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty sales associate Matt Finnigan says the property’s proximity to the Wanaka township, together with its diverse farming and recreational attributes, make for an attractive opportunity.
“Lake McKay Station is situated in a dress-circle position overlooking both Lake Wanaka and Lake Hawea,” he says. “The current owners have invested heavily in developing its infrastructure and irrigation, therefore the property has a solid farming backbone. It’s also completely accessible by vehicle, which is rare in a high country farm of this scale, and the views from all corners are extraordinary.”
The station’s luxury homestead, designed by Dunedin architects Mason & Wales, has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a sitting room, games room and a boot room. Other buildings include a three-bedroom Manager’s Dwelling, two-bedroom Staff Quarters, a modern woolshed, large implement shed, and sheep and cattle yards.
Lake McKay Station’s current owners, Auckland-based businessman Colin Harvey and his wife Mary, purchased the farm in 2008 and have overseen the installation of a $2 million irrigation system, as well as the addition of a 135ha parcel of land adjacent to the Clutha River, now connected via an underpass. The Harveys have also made significant improvements to the genetic performance of the station’s merino sheep, and have consulted planning experts on the possibility of residential development (submissions are currently with the Queenstown Lakes District Council).
Colin Harvey says they are selling the property to spend more time with family and focus on business interests in Auckland.
“It’s been an amazing journey in Wanaka,” he says. “We’ve made significant improvements to get the station to where it is now – it’s a wonderful piece of land and it’s been a privilege to own and manage it. Now it needs someone to bring it into the next phase.”
The property will be sold by deadline sale on Friday, December 16 at 4pm (unless sold prior).