Waikoura Springs

Freshwater Crayfish 

and Poultry Farm


Contact: Vince Scully and Mary Shanahan

Phone: +64 3 319 5953 or 021 375 268 (Vince) or 021 776 110 (Mary)

Address: 90 Mill Road, Kaikoura 7300

Email: [email protected] or [email protected]



          over $600,000 BY 5PM 

       30th August

Deposit and      delayed settlement considered.

Seller offering detailed handover  on farming koura

Ph. 03 319 5953



90 Mill Road Kaikoura 7300

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Waikoura Springs Limited.

90 Mill Road, Kaikoura, 1.385 ha. Deposited plan 11440

Identifier: MB6B/440., Land registration district, Marlborough

Fish license to sell koura (ie  fresh water crayfish), grey mullet and watercress. Whitebait consent pending.

Consents to take and discharge water ( not subject for renewal until 2037)  Consents to build weirs in the creek, so as to divert water.  (FYI No further allocations of creek water are permitted )

Consent for 300 laying hens

Income streams.

1/. Koura

2/. Farm tours

3/. Visitor accommodation

4/. Poultry

Each activity has the potential to grow the business - and indeed is interrelated.  eg we get a value added price for eggs and koura sold on farm tours, and to AirBnB guests.

Four buildings on the property

1/. Versatile garage 72 sq m. One bedroom, toilet, bath, log burner, kitchen.

2/. Two story garage 108 sq m. Bedroom, workshop, studio, shower/toilet, single garage, farm display, hatchery

3/. Garden shed 9 sq m

4/. Historical woolshed 40 sq m (matai floorboards ... odour of lanolin ...  makings for a conversion to ...!)

Property is 2 km from CBD,  has all day sun and unrestricted mountain views.  Adequate visitor car park. Established native plantings, raised gardens beds, grapes and well pollinated fruit trees. (We live near a honey factory.)  

Kaikoura has relatively warm and dry weather, in the lee of immediate mountain ranges which offers good hunting.   Boating is convenient.  Fishing and diving is good.  

Referring to the business acronym: SWOT ie (Strength, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.)  This website goes on to expand on these points.   In short our strength would be our location for tourism; and that we are one of a few producing growers of a product in demand.  We have a contract to supply juvenile crayfish to extensive farmed ponds in forestry blocks.  Our weaknesses would be the potential to make mistakes in our infant industry, although this is managed by reading, our handover of our learnings, and the redundancy in our farm design.  Our opportunities with the two growth industries of tourism and aquaculture.  Our threats would be the water wars.  A battle already won.  

Experience of seller and reason to sell.  My name is Vince Scully.  I have a ship captain's licence.   I wrote the book Poles Apart with Northanger; my story on two polar sailing voyages.  My wife, Mary Shanahan, wants to live aboard a yacht with me.   I am a lucky man, but I have to let go of the farm.  It has been a happy stage of life, but we are moving to something else that we want to do.  I will recall working around the ponds as therapeutic.

My relevant farming experience is of both kinds of fresh water aquaculture: static and flow through.  We have grown koura, watercress and trialled mullet and whitebait.  We have visited fresh water fish farms with koura, carp, whitebait, mullet, marron (crayfish), and salmon.   We have accommodated tertiary aquaculture students for work experience, and hence have updates with both academia and other forms of fish farming.

To publish a book, you have to be a good reader.  My permanent bedside reading has been anything to do with the farm.  (Plus boat maintenance - which is related to farms maintenance.)

On a recent farm tour, one of our visitors, with a masters in zoology,  complimented me on my skills that I had learnt, for someone who did not have a science background.  I have learnt farming crayfish because I wanted to.   By reading, asking ... writing notes.   Perhaps rather than needing a degree to do this, you do need to be able to take a breath and diagnose why ... a pump may not work ...  it may be sucking air.  And so forth.   I will be passing to the new buyer, all that we have learnt.