Century Park Motor Lodge owner Jackie Thomsen says it’s a good time to sell her Rutherford St business. Photo: Kate Russell.

Bag a business in Nelson


Ever fancied owning a pie shop, brewery or even a claw machine business?

Well, there are plenty of diverse business opportunities up for grabs in Nelson right now.

Currently, there are 79 Nelson businesses for sale on TradeMe with cafes, restaurants and bars, along with motels leading with the most listings.

If you fancy owning a pub, the popular Hardy Street Sprig and Fern Pub is for sale, as is the Bel-Aire Tavern. But if you’d prefer to make your own brews, Nelson’s Lighthouse Brewery could be yours for just $65,000.

If food is your thing, there are options aplenty.

There are Thai restaurants, both the Nelson and Tahunanui Night ‘n Day stores, coffee carts, a fruit and vegetable shop, a German delicatessen, Columbus Coffee, two fish and chip shops, a sushi takeaway and a pizzeria all looking for new owners.

Or you could continue the 45 year old legacy of the Rooftop Coffee Shop in the Farmers Arcade for just $49,000.

There are also plenty of franchisee opportunities listed on TradeMe, from e-bike retail and rental, Burgerfuel and a Hell Pizza ‘on wheels’ complete with special lighting and smoke effects.

Or if you are looking for something a bit different, there is a miniature fairy and pirate market stall and a claw and amusement machine business with over 100 machines around town.

Until last week there was even a Nelson brothel for sale priced at $50,000.

There are 11 motels for sale in the city, mostly in Tahunanui, and Bayleys Nelson Real Estate agent Gill Ireland says most are being snapped up by out of town buyers.

“Certainly over the last month we have had lots of people looking at the motel business. We are seeing people in Auckland and down south looking to make the move to the region,” she says.

“Buy a motel and you’re getting your job and somewhere to live, so it’s still appealing.”

Century Park Motor Lodge owner Jackie Thomsen is selling up after two years, saying it’s a “fantastic” business to own.

“The tourism industry in Nelson is huge – we’ve had lots of interest so far.”

Gill says as a region, the commercial market is “very busy” and she expects that pattern to continue.

“It’s winter, which is always a bit quieter but certainly there is interest. There are still buyers coming in.”