Rural news and publications

Canterbury farms selling well in 2023

April 2023

Canterbury farms selling well in 2023

Canterbury’s rural property market has had an outstanding season.  Despite gloomy economic forecasts, and significant weather events in other parts of the country, Canterbury farmers have...
Property report: Comparing the rural and residential markets

April 2023

Property report: Comparing the rural and residential markets

Jamie Mackay from The Country had his monthly catch-up with Peter Newbold, General Manager of PGG Wrightson Real Estate. The question on everyone's lips: is the rural market mirroring the housing...
Interest intense as Waihi dairy farm sells

April 2023

Interest intense as Waihi dairy farm sells

High quality rural properties continue to sell well. A 261 hectare Waihi dairy farm, described as a premium property in a prime location with outstanding infrastructure, attracted intense interest...
Property report: Farm to forestry conversions ‘not slowing down’

March 2023

Property report: Farm to forestry conversions ‘not slowing down’

The Country’s Jamie Mackay talks to the GM of PGG Wrightson Rural Real Estate, Peter Newbold,...
After 73 years in the same hands, well located Pukekohe land presents excellent opportunity

March 2023

After 73 years in the same hands, well located Pukekohe land presents excellent opportunity

Lim Hong and Lim Yip emigrated to New Zealand from what was then Canton and is now Guangzhou in 1939. In their 20s the couple initially leased land in Ohakune, which they were given at a favourable...
Award winning Wairarapa fruit business offered for sale

March 2023

Award winning Wairarapa fruit business offered for sale

In 2007, based in Scotland though looking for a New Zealand adventure, Alan and Dot Bissett went on Trade Me and bought a century-old disused stables and its overgrown vineyard sight...
Bay of Plenty harbour front orchard offers unlimited options

March 2023

Bay of Plenty harbour front orchard offers unlimited options

Don Rodee visited New Zealand several times before deciding to settle in the country. A United States Navy aircraft carrier pilot, he then switched to flying passenger aircraft for American...
Farming under pressure

March 2023

Farming under pressure

Even at the best of times farming can be a stressful business. Right now, for many of us, this is...
Flexibility the key for farm ownership change through the generations

March 2023

Flexibility the key for farm ownership change through the generations

Taking a flexible approach to transferring farm ownership helps retain young, capable and enthusiastic people in farming.  Last year Brent Irving of PGG Wrightson Real Estate, Otago won both...
Franklin District coastal property offered for sale after six generations

March 2023

Franklin District coastal property offered for sale after six generations

A Franklin District coastal property overlooking the Tasman Sea in one of the lesser known spots of the Auckland region, and long established as a dairy farm, is offered for public sale for the first...
Mackenzie district grazing properties sell well

March 2023

Mackenzie district grazing properties sell well

A large Mackenzie district hill country property sold in January firm on current values.  In close proximity to Omarama and on the banks of the Ahuriri River at the top end of Lindis Pass,...
Round Hill Station – genuine mid-altitude extensive property in ‘great part of the world’

March 2023

Round Hill Station – genuine mid-altitude extensive property in ‘great part of the world’

Les and Tracey Scott took on Round Hill Station in 2002 after previously farming further north in...
Deconsecrated South Canterbury Catholic church transformed into innovative berry farm

March 2023

Deconsecrated South Canterbury Catholic church transformed into innovative berry farm

A former Catholic church, converted to a modern four bedroom home, with an innovative and productive berry farm alongside, and views from the ocean to the Alps is for sale in South Canterbury. Don...
7 tips to help you buy a rural property in the North Island

March 2023

7 tips to help you buy a rural property in the North Island

Here in the North Island of New Zealand, we’re incredibly lucky to have an extensive range of rural properties across a variety of landscapes and locations. In other words, there will always...
Why autumn is a great time to sell your farm (plus 6 tips for a successful sale)

March 2023

Why autumn is a great time to sell your farm (plus 6 tips for a successful sale)

While farms can be sold year round, autumn is a particularly good time to consider going to market. Jamie Mackay from The Country said that 2023 started off strong, and while prices may stabilise...