The Halfway House

Proposal for use and lease of the Halfway House, 248 Middleton Road, Glenside.

The picture shows the exterior of The Halfway house.

Wellington City Council wants to find a viable and long-term use for the newly renovated building called the ‘Halfway House’ located within the Glenside Reserve, Glenside, in Wellingtons City’s northern suburbs.

We are looking to lease part of the ‘Halfway House’

The purpose of this project is to find a party that will enter into a formal arrangement with the Council for the long-term use and management of the defined area within the house (not including the community rooms). That party will then contribute to the sustainability and preservation of the house, and potentially surrounding areas. The Council will retain ownership of the building.

The Council recently restored the house in line with a conservation plan that included a reconfiguration to account for the provision of community rooms.

The layout of the well-appointed house is as follows:

Area to be leased

  • Downstairs: includes kitchen, dining, living.
  • Upstairs: four double bedrooms and a bathroom, with a toilet and bath.

Community rooms

Downstairs: two toilets and two community rooms, which will be used at least once or twice a week.

What potential lessees should consider

Finding a long-term viable use of the house is of most importance to us. If lease of the property is of interest to you, consider the following:

  • The proposed use and how it fits with the nature of the house and, if applicable, the outcomes of the Northern Reserves Management Plan (refer section 2.2 of this ROI).
  • Wellington City Council is responsible for the two community rooms within the building, which are available for community group meetings and other community uses. The building has been configured to provide appropriate separation for the community rooms and the balance of the building. Any proposal received must acknowledge the Council’s control over the use of these two community rooms.
  • The Glenside Progressive Association has a strong interest in the building and the Council has been informed that their use of the community rooms would be at least once or twice a week.
  • Potential to use the entire house once or twice a year for open days.
  • The soundness and sustainability of the proposed business concept.
  • The track record and the experience of the proposer.
  • Entry into a formal agreement that captures the responsibilities required for both parties. The form of agreement will be contingent on the proposed use. 

Registrations of Interest (ROI)

Call for Registrations of Interest (ROI) (748 KB PDF)

This ROI is the only phase of the process that will be openly advertised. If the Council decides to progress with any of the responses received, it will only contact those parties directly.

Why should you submit a registration of interest?

This is a rare opportunity to be associated with a unique part of New Zealand’s heritage and to operate within a Victorian Georgian building.

Located in a semi-rural environment, the house is in a quiet location only 15 minutes drive from Wellington’s central city and 20 minutes drive from Wellington’s international airport. It is also within a short walk of a bus route into the city.

Project timings

Once the Council has started the ROI process, interested parties are invited to submit a proposal.

ROI process dates

  • 30 October 2017: ROI released
  • 10 November 2017: Site visit and interior inspection (by arrangement)
  • 1 December 2017: Deadline for questions from parties
  • 6 December 2017, 4pm: Deadline for registrations
  • 20 December 2017: Respondents notified of shortlisting

About the site

The Halfway House was built in 1885 and was a stopping point for travellers heading in and out of Wellington. The house sits on a 0.2949ha site on public land and is now owned by Wellington City Council.

The house is a two-storey, weatherboard-clad, rectangular structure with a pitched iron roof. A shallow verandah surrounds the house on the south and west sides. It is an example of the Victorian Georgian design used in early period of European settlement in New Zealand and again between World Wars I and II.


About the Parks, Sport and Recreation team

The Council's Parks, Sport and Recreation team (PSR) is responsible for managing the open spaces, botanic gardens, and many of the passive and active recreational facilities and artworks within the city. We also manage some of the heritage buildings that are located within the city’s botanic gardens and reserves. PSR would be the party that any tenant would engage with in regard to matters of the lease agreement.

More information

Ray Yates, Senior Procurement Specialist