A&P Show fuels Wanaka interest

Harcourts Wanaka has been an exhibitor at the Wanaka A&P show for decades and looks forward to returning this year.

Wanaka A&P show is a local favourite and a staple in the regional annual calendar. As one of the largest shows in New Zealand, organisers expect around 40,000 people to attend the event at Wanaka Showgrounds and Pembroke Park on Friday March 8 and Saturday March 9.

“It’s one of the highlights of our year; such a big event and we love coming back to talk to new and old clients and friends,” says Harcourts Wanaka manager Grant Parker.

Each year the Harcourts team comes out in full force and is excited to meet thousands of people, build connections and host open homes before, during and after the show. As one of the busiest weekends of the year the Harcourts team books evening appointments on the Friday and Saturday and runs open homes on Sunday.

“Our exhibition space is next to the dressage ring and there’s a lot of foot traffic. We get all sorts of people stopping by to see what’s on offer,” says Parker.

The iconic Central Otago show has something to entertain everybody with a range of animal and agriculture events showcased proudly over the event weekend. Classics like the Jack Russell Race and equestrian competitions always draw big crowds and it’s being headlined by the ever-popular Topp Twins this year.

Interest in rural, lifestyle, and investment properties are consistently sought after, and the short to medium term holiday homes managed by the Wanaka Harcourts team are almost always fully booked.

Most prospective buyers are farmers looking for family holiday homes in the Wanaka and Hawea district and people looking for retirement options.

“Wanaka is a favourite holiday destination and people travel from around New Zealand for the show, some coming from as far as Auckland,” says Parker.

Wanaka’s housing market is on a unique growth curve unlike any other location in New Zealand. With the house price average of $1.33 million remaining steady over the last year and plans for intensive infrastructure investments and projects coming to fruition soon, Wanaka is positioning itself for an even more successful future.

“Anyone selling their property through Harcourts Wanaka can have it showcased at the show and I encourage them to do so,” says Parker.

“There’s no better way to access such a wide range of people. We build a lot of foundations and real connections here.”