News release

Dunedin’s ‘only garden hotel’ sells off-market

Strong demand for New Zealand hotels continues unabated

June 29, 2021

June, 2021 – One of Dunedin’s finest hotels has sold having received a compelling off-market offer.

The Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge placed within two acres of beautifully kept garden had been part of Skyline Enterprises’ portfolio for almost 40 years.

While it wasn’t actively on the market, JLL Broker Nick Thompson was able to arrange an off-market transaction between Distinction Hotel Group and Skyline Enterprises.

Skyline Enterprises Chief Executive Geoff McDonald says the hotel has generated a lot of interest over the years, but the board determined the most recent offer too good of an opportunity to turn down.

"It has always been a very solid performer, comprising less than 10% of our total portfolio revenue with consistently strong returns,” says Geoff McDonald.

“The business has recovered well since the pandemic-induced lockdowns due to the fact that a significant proportion of its patronage isn’t from tourism but rather corporate travellers or parents of students in the nearby University coming to stay.

“The off-market offer we received reflects the asset’s true value, so after a brief negotiation period we went ahead with the transaction. This is in line with our key strategic growth areas and continued focus on offshore expansion.”

JLL’s Nick Thompson says the Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge joins multiple other hotel complexes across New Zealand in the Distinction Hotel Group’s portfolio, including the Distinction Dunedin Hotel a short drive away on Liverpool Street.

“The 77-room hotel with conference spaces and a restaurant and bar benefits from its enviable location, directly neighbouring the Dunedin Botanic Garden and within a short stroll to the Otago Museum, the University of Otago, and Forsyth Barr Stadium,” says Nick Thompson.

“100% New Zealand owned and operated, Distinction Hotels Group has evolved over the past 30 years into one of New Zealand’s most recognised locally owned hotel chains and I look forward to their continued growth.

“This off-market transaction is just one example of the many enquiries we’re receiving at the moment. The unwavering demand means sellers of hotel and hospitality assets in New Zealand are receiving returns akin to before the pandemic.”

The sale price of the Heritage Dunedin Leisure Lodge is unable to be disclosed due to a confidentiality agreement.

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