Investment in Upper Hutt is an attractive and rewarding opportunity for astute investors living locally or further afield.
We have identified a number of specific areas of Upper Hutt that have the potential for industrial growth. Existing industries, clusters of business, proximity to nature and the location of available land have all been factored into these evaluations.
South Pacific Industrial Business Park
Accommodating both light and heavy industrial activity, this commercial site was formerly owned by South Pacific Tyres before their closure left it unoccupied. This left Upper Hutt with 25-30 hectares of vacant available space, until purchase by CBD Industrial was made in 2008.
Since the site was bought, the owner has spent considerable funds with investment on new infrastructure, facilities and buildings. Developments on the site can continue to cater for growth required. Between 2008 and 2013, 46 businesses established themselves in South Pacific Business Park, evidencing the significant expansion in Upper Hutt’s commercial industrial sector.
Alexander Road offers mixed parcels of flat, stable land. Some of this land is currently occupied by existing industry, but there’s still a considerable quantity ready for use and investment.
It is separated from residential areas but easily accessible, and comes equipped with ultra-fast broadband, roads and piping infrastructure. This site has a number of advantages to the ICT sector, including appropriate sizing, low visual profile requirement, seismically stable land (away from fault lines and on soil that isn’t subject to liquefaction), excellent accessibility to fibre optic and satellite communication links, high voltage power and a comfortable distance from floodplains, tsunami and dam inundation zones.
The Alexander Road site will also be of interest to security and safety sectors, as within this locality resides the NZ Defence Force, a shooting range and the Rimutaka Prison.
Park Street is centrally located and only a short distance from the city centre. It is zoned for industrial use and houses big-box retail – such as Mitre 10 Mega and Briscoes – as well as several industrial sites. This area offers opportunities to businesses and developers in technological industrial activities and is ideal for environmentally sensitive conditions. Investment and development opportunities are already being marketed for factory, logistics, warehousing and distribution.
Montgomery Crescent currently facilitates both commercial and industrial, with manufacturing, automotive and construction products making up the majority of its business. This area is already well populated and structured, with only a handful of sections yet to be developed. Most are owned by existing businesses that have retained ownership for expansion so availability is scarce. But there are still some investment opportunities to be found within this area for the savvy investor. This site has residential neighbours on one side.
Whakatiki Industrial Park
Whakatiki Industrial Park is home to mostly commercial and light industrial businesses, with only one large heavy industrial business in the area. Currently, it’s home to a variety of construction and home improvement products, food manufacturing, automotive and wholesale traders. A 2.9-hectare site at the end of Jupiter Grove marks the largest developmental opportunity in the area. Some remedial work on the site will be required due to past usage, but its close proximity to neighbouring residential sites, arterial transport routes and the gorgeous Hutt River make it an auspicious prospect for potential investors.
Eastern Hutt Road site
The Eastern Hutt Road site is over eight hectares of business and industrial-zoned land available for development. Due to its location being distanced from potentially sensitive activities and its great road access, the site has the ability to cater for activities requiring heavy vehicle movement and larger buildings.
Nicolaus Street and Refreshment Place
Nicolaus Street offers a pocket of industrial businesses in Trentham. The adjoining Refreshment Place is commercially zoned and notably houses a 130,000 square-foot
For further information about investment and business opportunities in Upper Hutt, please contact Phil Gorman, our Economic Development Manager.
The map below shows specific areas of Upper Hutt that have the potential for industrial growth.
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Last updated on 15 Mar 2018