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Lilydale Station, a world class recreational wilderness area

JLL marketing Lilydale – 2167 Clayton Road, Fairlie, Mackenzie Country



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Lilydale, a freehold, 4,046 hectare station in Canterbury's Mackenzie Country is for sale through expressions of interest closing 4pm, Friday 31 August.

Located just over two hours' drive south of Christchurch and under four hours from Queenstown, Lilydale is a picturesque high country property, which has a world class reputation for game hunting.

JLL agents John Binning and Chris Harding, who are marketing the property, say there are minimal opportunities for farming with the majority of the property being more than 900 metres above sea level, making it unsuitable for grazing, but ideal for game hunting.

"During winter the property gets a good dumping of snow, which led to the Fox Peak Ski Field being developed. Due to this, the Fox Peak Ski Club has leased part of the property for skiing and other snow sports since 1983, with a peppercorn rental ($1 per annum). This is a private ski area and the rights of renewal for this is in place until 2038.

"In addition to skiing, the extensive tussock grasslands have proven to be an ideal habitat for tahr, red and fallow deer, chamois, pigs and wallaby, allowing the property to be utilised for world class trophy hunting. It also has a poled walkway for trampers, all of which are very popular," says Binning.

The station is in two separate titles, Lot 1 is 3,106 hectares and Lot 2 is 940 hectares. There are three musterers' huts on the property with the main hut located at the end of the North Opuha Valley called the Glen Moira Hut, which sleeps four. The second is an older smaller muster hut which is used for storage and the third is located in the Rocky Creek Basin.

Harding explains that the property has no infrastructure, cattle yards, vehicles or machinery but there is plenty of scope for this property to become a recreational destination and tourism venture.

"The property presents huge potential for further recreational activities. It is within easy driving distance from Christchurch, and is also within close proximity to Aoraki Mount Cook National Park and Lake Tekapo. Additional recreational offerings could include mountain biking, outdoor pursuits, horse trekking, tramping, motocross, clay bird shooting etc.

"Properties like this one do not come up for sale often. It is a special piece of New Zealand that has maintained its raw beauty, something that can still remain under new ownership, whilst expanding the recreational offerings and allowing others to enjoy the natural scenery the property provides," he adds.