A whole ‘Wild West’ town in New Zealand is for sale

The frontier-style ranch, complete with saloon and sheriff’s office, could be yours for $7.5 million

James Manning
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James Manning
Content Director, EMEA

This year has forced all of us to take a hard look at our priorities. So if you like the idea of moving to your very own Wild West-style town in the wilds of New Zealand, who are we to judge?

All you’ll need is a few million US dollars and you could be the proud owner of Mellonsfolly Ranch: a 900-acre estate on New Zealand’s North Island with its own unique, frontier-style Old West Town.

Built in 2006, the ranch’s 11 buildings include a licensed saloon, a sheriff’s office, a cinema disguised as a courthouse and impressive-looking guest rooms for nearly two dozen guests. That’s right: this town is big enough for 22 of you.

Mellonsfolly Ranch, New Zealand’s boutique western town
Photograph: Sotheby’s International Realty

As well as Old West Town and some spectacular countryside, the estate in Ruapehu District (halfway between Auckland and Wellington) also contains a 600-hive Manuka honey farm, plus a main house and staff accommodation. The whole thing could be yours for a cool US$7.5 million (£6.1 million, A$11 million) via Sotheby’s International Realty.

Alright, so that’s a little more than a fistful of dollars. But it also comes with a bonus: according to Bloomberg, investing more than NZ$10 million in New Zealand’s economy allows overseas citizens to apply for a hard-to-come-by residence visa. Say ‘howdy’ to your new cowboy/girl fantasy life!

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