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Historic Maungawhau - Mt Eden retail premises for lease



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​The Tea Kiosk located on the popular tourist attraction, Maungawhau - Mt Eden, is being offered for lease by JLL’s retail team following a restoration process to its former glory.

Chris Beasleigh, national director of retail sales and leasing at JLL, who is leading the marketing campaign says, “Due to the high-profile location, we anticipate this distinct property will generate a high volume of interest within the hospitality industry. The site is an ideal fit for an independent, new and trendy café that will incorporate their business into the historical surrounds of Maungawhau. The new business operator would support and relay the cultural and historical significances of the mountain and promote these messages to visitors. ”

JLL’s retail team are leasing the building on behalf of the Tūpuna Maunga O Tāmaki Makaurau Authority and Auckland Council and are calling for all interested parties to submit their request for proposal by Friday 26th June 2015. The premises is 355sqm and rental price is by negotiation. 

The Maungawhau Tea Kiosk is located at 250 Puhi Huia Road, Mt Eden. The site is positioned within the Maungawhau-Mt Eden Domain, to the south east of the Auckland central business district and located on the northern slopes of Maungawhau.

The building was erected on Mt Eden in 1926, commissioned by the Mount Eden Borough Council and designed by architect A Sinclair O’Conner.  In the past, the premises have been used as tea rooms and a restaurant. The mountain remains a very popular tourist attraction and provides panoramic views of Auckland. 

Beasleigh continues, “We believe the perfect operator will revitalise and increase tourist numbers to the mountain whilst promoting and retaining its historical background. We envisage the future occupier will provide various amenities to both the locals and the abundance of tourists that flow through the area.”

“In addition to a normal café or restaurant, the future tenant will need to also cater for the multiple needs of visitors through providing takeaway food and beverage options, ice-cream and sun smart accessories as well as retaining the existing information kiosk,” says Beasleigh. 

The Tea Kiosk has recently undergone earthquake strengthening to ensure the building is compliant to 100% of the current new building earthquake standards. With the strengthening work now completed, the building is now restored to its former glory with its historic integrity and character retained. 

There are many options available that will enhance the visitor experience on Maungawhau. The JLL retail team expect this premises will appeal to a new café that will reinvent the area, subsequently driving footfall by providing an entertainment/function area that acknowledges the history of Maungwhau and the kiosk itself.