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Carterton factory seeks new owners

The former Ranchmans Pet Food factory in Carterton. PHOTO/SUPPLIED

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The former Ranchmans Pet Food factory in Carterton is still on the market after production shifted to Waikato last year.

The factory was under fire from residents last year after repeated complaints were made to Greater Wellington Regional Council about the odour.

As a result, the company vacated the Ballinger Pl location, taking five jobs with it.

The factory and land in Carterton is now being marketed for sale by Bayleys Wairarapa. It was previously listed with LJ Hooker Real Estate.

The Carterton property was the main production plant of New Zealand-owned Ranchmans Pet Food but last year operations moved to a new facility in Waikato.

Bayleys’ Lindsay Watts said the premises comprised a purpose-built, 347m2 food processing building on 1216m2 of freehold land.

He said the building was constructed in the 1960s and had been added to over the years.

It has administrative offices, along with dry-store and chilled-storage facilities.

“The improvements comprise a mixture of concrete-block and timber-framed construction and are appropriate for any new owners looking to extend the life of the food-processing operations,” Watts said.

The land includes a small grassed area set back from other properties, and has potential for expansion of the existing operations.

“The property’s close proximity and sightlines to State Highway 2, which runs through central Carterton, provides future occupiers with ready access and profile to pedestrian and vehicle traffic in the town centre,” Watts said.

“While the property is zoned commercial under the Wairarapa combined district plan, it is located on a quiet cul-de-sac within a mixed-use neighbourhood where surrounding development has become increasingly residential in nature.”

Watts said other possibilities for future uses could include as a craft brewery or a commercial storage facility.

Property developer Highcart Ltd is preparing to build six, two-bedroom apartments next to the old factory.

But in February this year it had no interest in buying the deserted Ranchmans’ factory and land.

Highcart Ltd owns the grass area and driveway from High St down to where the apartments would be built.

The 2029m2 land block backs up to William Wong Pl.


  1. So the “nimby – newbie” residents are complaining about a factory that was there processing quality meat products decades before their houses were built. Therefore the residents are the problem. ( My second comment on this, first one unacceptable? )

  2. Carterton is the most over priced town in the Wairarapa
    the rates alone will stop any business setting up there.

    Add to that the locals will complain given that this building is surrounded by home’s so there’s only one thing to do and that’s to bowl it over and build more expensive home’s so they can pay more over priced rates.

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