Roxburgh Camping Ground On The Market For The First Time In 26 Years

The word ‘potential’ is bandied around a lot in the real estate world.


But every now and again a property comes along that has our real estate agents wondering how to encapsulate all the opportunities available. Not because there’s not enough to say – it’s more a case of where to start.


Riders Rest is one such property, 2.43 hectares of land in a tranquil, quiet location in the beautiful Central Otago township of Roxburgh.


THIS place truly has potential-plus.


Marketed by Roxburgh specialist Brigitte Paterson and Otago regional commercial property expert Jim Packer, it’s been in the same hands for 26 years and is fully set up as an accommodation park with cabins and lodge accommodation for 68 people, 53 powered sites, a function room, four motel units and a workshop.


There’s also a lovely four-bedroom home that’s very private, beautiful inside and out with outstanding wood features and a stunning outdoor living area.


But while owners Sue and Trevor have owned it since 1997, they closed it down to motor camp and camp ground visitors about 20 years ago. They’ve been running it as a lifestyle block with “visiting groups” ever since then.




“We’d been living around the Dunedin area and had a couple of farms of about 100 acres all up,” says Sue. “Trevor worked as a contract sandblaster and painter but after he had a couple of heart attacks at 38 and 39 we decided we could do without the stresses of life and all the hard work and take a different view.


“I’ve always wanted to shift to Central and we took a look at the Motor Camp and loved the place. We made some changes and ran it as it was for about six years but didn’t want to be tied to the place day-in, day-out.”


Since then it’s been leased as annual accommodation for orchardists for eight – ten weeks over summer (an ongoing lease) and over the years it’s catered for the likes of touring car and motorbike clubs. The function room has even hosted a wedding.


Brigitte says someone could buy the property and run it as a motor camp ‘as is’ with a current certification of registration until September 2024. As it doesn’t currently get much use, she describes the accommodation and ablution blocks as “spotless”.


“The location just doesn’t get any better,” she says. “It’s next to the 18-hole golf course, and is very close to the bowling club, squash courts, skate park, playground, swimming pool, cafes and all other village attractions.”


But let’s get back to that wider potential.


Jim describes the land alone as a “gem”.



“It’s simply beautiful with three distinct terraces overlooking the township and mountains. As a residential sub-division, it could be a winner,” he says.


“Roxburgh is in Central Otago and with the amount of growth already in Queenstown and Wanaka a lot of Kiwis are moving out or looking further afield for somewhere to buy or invest.”


Another option, Brigitte points out, is for a cycle tour operator or savvy investor to set it up as cycle tour accommodation.


The extremely popular Roxburgh Gorge trail ride hosts thousands of riders each year between Alexandra and the Roxburgh Dam, and the Clutha Gold trail is a 73km trail from Roxburgh to Lawrence with a wealth of goldmining history.


“But what really frustrates me is seeing cycle tour companies every day picking up people in Roxburgh and taking them back to Alexandra or Clyde for the night,” says Brigitte.


“Riders Rest could easily be run as cycle tour accommodation, becoming a transport hub with cycle hire catering for all cyclists’ needs for this growing, currently untapped market,” she says.


As for Sue and Trevor, they won’t be going far.


“We are not keen to shift out of the area, it’s given us a brilliant lifestyle. But we’d be very happy for someone to walk into Riders Rest and breathe new life into it. It’s the best spot in town.”


View the Harcourts listing here and explore the endless opportunities that Riders Rest has to offer.