Stand just about anywhere on the vast expanse of the renowned Mount Prospect Station, and you’re likely to glimpse something spectacular – given it rubs shoulders with one of the country’s largest and most pristine national parks.
Surrounded by some of the country’s most distinctive mountain scenery, including the Takitimu and Eyre Mountains, Southern Alps, and Fiordland National Park, this expansive Southland cattle station spanning nearly 3,434ha (more or less) is as abundant as its surroundings, with a profitable dairy support operation.
Bayleys Country & Co salesperson Shay Moseby says the sellers, in occupation for five decades, have been excellent custodians of the land, earning a commendable reputation for maintaining good stock health whilst successfully transforming the property into an exceptional dairy grazing unit.
“Mount Prospect Station has been in the Cockburn family since 1913. Over the past 52 years, the family has transformed the property into a thriving dairy grazing unit completed to the highest standards.
“The property is now being marketed for sale, presenting an exciting opportunity for someone new to embrace ownership of the established cattle station, with additional potential from proximity to primary tourist attractions, Fiordland National Park, Te Anau Sounds, Lake Manapouri and ready access to Queenstown and Invercargill.”
Moseby is marketing the station for sale with colleague Philip Ryan, with offers invited over $12,995,500.
Skilfully designed and developed, the property features circa 170 main paddocks, a 150sq m (more or less) three-bedroom homestead plus detached double garage, a three-bedroom staff cottage, and various farm buildings.
“Geographically well-suited for its current winter grazing programme, Mount Prospect Station’s sandy/silt loam soils accommodate heifers and calves year-round.
“An extensive winter cropping and regrassing programme of more than 300ha per annum has amplified the farm’s productivity, delivering increased subdivision and fertility levels.
“Additional features include functional station infrastructure, including high-quality internal access and fencing which simplify the livestock management processes.
“Access throughout the station is assured via a well-maintained network of tracks and stock lanes, with building infrastructure that includes a converted farm office, and three-haybarns,” he says.
The property is offered with a pastoral lease of 33 years, which is renewable in perpetuity by right.
This type of ownership is distinct from traditional leasehold tenure because perpetual rights give the purchaser confidence in their long-term ownership and use of the land – provided they have a legal right to renew the lease without negotiation.
“The ownership type is now close to freehold, with a structure set to appeal to purchasers with various requirements, including farmers expanding operations, investors diversifying portfolios, and government agencies and land trusts.”
The new stewards would herald exciting new prospects on the pristine land.
“The station features a predominantly flat country shifting to a gentle medium-rolling contour and circa 2,300ha of non-utilised native hill, including a 165ha QEII covenant.
“This property offers diverse farming options for a new purchaser including, exploring commercial tourism opportunities, or undertake a passion project such as conservation.
“The prestigious station is a sound investment opportunity in one of New Zealand’s most beautiful environs, abundant with hunting and fishing opportunities.
“The neighbouring property, spanning some 89ha is also for sale, providing further potential to leverage additional scale and existing infrastructure to build on the Cockburn family legacy and elevate the station to maximum potential.”