An American West-style town, set on a sprawling 900-acre ranch in New Zealand’s North Island, has just been listed for sale by Sotheby's International Reality (opens in new tab).
Located in the heart of New Zealand, Mellonsfolly Ranch is a truly breath-taking estate positioned on more than 900 acres of the Central Plateau.
This truly unique property not only features three distinct homes – the main private residence and two rental houses that double as staff accommodation, but the ranch is also home to New Zealand’s Old West Town. Ten period themed buildings meticulously replicate an 1860’s Wyoming frontier town. Built-in 2006, the property was crafted with astounding attention to detail, and to a standard of quality seldom found in even the finest homes.
Currently operating as a boutique hotel, the Old West Town appears rough on the surface, yet has all the features of a luxury destination.
The property comes with overnight accommodation for 22, and guests are treated to a trip back in time – complete with an authentic and licensed saloon, a courthouse that doubles as a cinema room, a sheriff’s office and a billiards lounge, all strung together by a well-worn boardwalk.
The current owners enjoy an enviable lifestyle on the property. The summer is for hunting, fishing and swimming in the rivers that wind their way through valleys. And during winter, they benefit from the nearby picturesque ski town of Okahune and the Mount Ruapehu ski fields.
If herding sheep and cattle is not your thing, fear not. Mellonsfolly Ranch operates a thriving Manuka honey business. Famed the world over, Manuka honey is one of New Zealand’s prized and most profitable exports.
Is it time for a new plan? If so, a new life awaits you at this New Zealand Old Town.
The property can be viewed at New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty (opens in new tab).
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