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Maheno Tavern – Substantial Hospitality Business For Sale

Maheno, Otago
Asking Price:
$1,200,000 (NZD)
Sales Revenue:
$500K - $1M (NZD)
Cash Flow:
$500K - $2.5M (NZD)

If you are looking for a superbly located iconic country tavern with a diverse, growing range of customers then look no further. The Maheno Tavern (including Purton’s café and bar) provides a broad hospitality and accommodation experience catering to locals and the rapidly expanding tourist market.

This is an attractive, functional, licensed tavern with a large dining area seating up to 120, family bar area seating 70-100, outdoor deck extending two sun faces of the building, in a rural setting just off State Highway 1. There is also a self-contained 2-bedroom managers apartment within the tavern together with separate commercial workshop (with hoist) and three attractive cabins (2 x double and 1 x Queen, including one wheelchair-friendly).

The tavern was designed by Warren and Mahoney Architects and built to a high standard in 1973 by a licencing trust at a time when money was virtually no object. In their seven years the current owners have tastefully developed the site. This has included fencing and significant planting of trees (with many fruit varieties) together with a great little children’s playground to enhance the outdoor area.

This is very popular with locals but business increasingly comes from groups (car clubs, hunters, sports teams, country music etc.) ‘drive-in’ travellers (from SHW1) and tourists (tour buses, camper-vans, rentals etc.).

The broad appeal of the Tavern is underpinned by great dining (Thursday to Saturday), takeaways (available Tuesday to Sunday), a stunning outdoor deck and ‘beer garden’, together with playground and accommodation. The van (included in the sale) also provides a convenient transport service and there are various set annual events throughout the year and community services (e.g. school lunches) to further enhance the great reputation this business enjoys.

Included with the sale are quad bike, ride-on mower and 12-seater Mercedes diesel van.

FINANCIALS: Financial and supporting information can be accessed from the download links. Please Note that files containing business sensitive information are password protected.


Nearby OAMARU is a very popular tourist destination with it's historical buildings, steam-punk and rare penguin colony. Visitors come from throughout New Zealand and all around the World to view the rare penguins in their natural environment.

Property information

Real Estate:

Real Property Included

Living Accommodation:

2-bedroom on-site

Location:

Prominent rural setting just off State Highway 1 approx 15km from Oamaru and 100km from Dunedin

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