For sale : 16,000 square meter cucumber business in New Zealand

A New Zealand cucumber business is for sale. This is the dominant telegraph cucumber growing property in the South Island of New Zealand and is being offered for sale due only to the retirement of the vendors. Take the chance to consider this option if you are thinking of changing your location and lifestyle.

View the property by connecting through the link www.bayleys.co.nz/550709 to reach the Bayleys website or find out more about this operation by connecting to the vendor's own website www.coolcumber.co.nz. Videos are available.



New Zealand is a country with an economy that is founded on land based industries, a small population and a large number of natural resources. It is continually striving to enhance its reputation with an emphasis on sustainability and quality food production. Live in an environment where you can very easily access all that the outdoors of this beautiful country has to offer.

This specialist intensive horticulture property of 4.0539 hectares is a unique opportunity to purchase a quality business producing telegraph cucumbers. It lies within a short drive of the country’s second largest city, Christchurch.

The vendors' unwavering dedication to investment in infrastructure, product quality, continuity of supply, packaging, plus excellent market relationships make this a highly successful food producing property. Its consumer focus means it is the leading supplier of telegraph cucumbers in the South Island through a major supermarket chain.



There are approximately 16,000 square meters under plastic and glass, and plants grow in hydroponic systems with computerised environmental control and monitoring. Two boiler systems, back-up generator, packing shed, cool room, office and staff facilities are all of a very high standard. All critical equipment has built-in duplication to ensure operational resilience.

An executive standard four-bedroom home with large open-plan living and dining areas complements the business. It is positioned to create a separation between the home and the business and to afford a degree of privacy to the living and outdoor areas. With a superior heating system, attached double garage and established garden it provides for a very relaxing lifestyle.

This property would suit an owner operator, a family business or possibly equity partnership ownership. Expansion of supply to markets has been identified by the vendors who may provide advice and expertise over a transition period to an incoming purchaser. 

There are several major features about this property that make it an interesting and rewarding business to be involved in. Built up over 30 years by the current vendors, it has a history of growing from reinvested capital and has an established financial history that can be made available to suitably qualified purchasers.



The infrastructure has been built up so that the operation can be managed all the way from seed to the supermarket. All plants are propagated on the property with the finished crop picked, graded, packed and delivered by the business. Water for the hydroponic systems is from a well on the property. Heating is provided by using re-refined oil.

The growing systems are intensively monitored to ensure the optimum environment is maintained for production. The staff structure includes a manager with staff and production accountability plus a financial and office administrator responsible for packing shed management and liaising with markets to keep them supplied with product they require.

A key to this business' success is the very close relationship that the owners and staff have with the supermarkets they supply directly and the general produce markets. Communication is the key to effective crop and supply management with the utmost effort being put into product quality and meeting market specifications.

Additional growth potential has been identified by the vendors in the various markets for this property’s product. In addition they have plans for increasing the capacity of the operation to meet these increased market requirements and can demonstrate possible solutions to capture this potential. The purchase of additional housing and land for growing on could potentially be negotiated by an incoming owner.


Deadline Sale:

1pm, Thurs 26 Nov 2015 (unless sold prior)

3 Deans Ave, Christchurch, New Zealand


For further information please contact:
Bayleys Canterbury
Dean Pugh
M +64 27 335 6303
B +64 3 375 4728


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