A well-run sheep and beef farm – complete with its own duck-hunting pond and deer stalking in the bush – has been placed on the market for sale.
The 282-hectare farm known as Rauweka Station is located some 24 kilometres south-west of Gisborne, and offers not only a proven track record of sheep and beef production, but also tempting recreational activities for farmers who like the taste of wild game.
The Rauweka Station property at 211 Pakowhai Road is being marketed for sale by auction at 1pm on November 23 through Bayleys Gisborne. Salespeople Simon Bousfield and James Bolton-Riley said the topography of Rauweka Station consisted of a mix of moderately steep scrub and bush-clad hillside land above highly-fertile silt loam soil pastures used for cropping.
“Due to a low altitude, combined with proximity to the coast, winters are comparatively mild at Rauweka Station and the climate is conducive to good seasonal pasture growth and growing a wide range of horticultural and arable crops,” Mr Bousfield said.
“The farm’s set up and northerly-facing aspect allows early lambing to be undertaken in spring, while the fertile flats enable livestock to be finished early in summer. The property has been sustaining approximately 2400 – 2600 stock units
“Under a mixed-use business model, the property has potential for greater horticultural production emanating from the lower paddocks.
“In addition to its primary production, Rauweka Station has an abundance of recreational attributes – such as fallow and red deer, a large duck pond at the rear of the woolshed and other wild game across the farm. There are plenty of options to keep farming and recreational enthusiasts well entertained,” Mr Bousfield said.
“And for any potential purchaser who enjoys a spot of fishing, Rauweka Station is just a short 10-minute drive to Muriwai Beach which has boat launching facilities.”
Building Infrastructure on the Pakowhai Road property consists of:
• A three-stand corrugated iron wool shed with adjacent sheep pens, cattle yards, and livestock loading ramps
• A three-bay corrugated iron implement shed and separate stable/toolshed and
• A solid four bedroom/two-lounge residence and adjacent separate sleepout with its own living area..
Mr Bolton-Riley said Rauweka Station had a mix of great contour and aspects for early farming - with annual rainfall in the area averaging between 1,100 millimetres to 1,300 millimetres.
Mr Bolton-Riley said water was reticulated to the farm from multiple springs and dams – including the substantial duck pond - and the property was subdivided with a mix of conventional post and wire, and electric fencing which enabled efficient stock segregation and management between the bigger hillside areas and smaller lowland paddocks.
In addition to the agricultural production, Rauweka Station also sustains a commercially-run persimmon orchard which generates approximately $30,000 or revenue through the harvesting of some 15 – 20 tonnes of fruit which is sold through a local packhouse.