History

The Highbrook story began over 30 years ago, with the vision of an exceptional New Zealander...

5The Queen Mother and Sir Woolf Fisher admiring a Ra Ora racehorse circa 1966 View Gallery

1960 to 1990

Highbrook Business Park was formerly the home of prominent industrialist Sir Woolf Fisher and his wife, Lady Fisher. The farm, known as Ra Ora, was a famous thor-oughbred breeding and racehorse training facility whose visitors included Prince Charles and the Queen Mother.

As Auckland developed, the Fisher family recognised that the property's unique natural attributes and strategic location made it ideal for business purposes.

1998

International landscape designer Peter Walker completed the award winning masterplan and urban design guidelines that distinguish Highbrook.

2001

Business 5 zoning became operative at the property and the estate of Sir Woolf Fisher, headed by Sir Noel Robinson, ceased operating Highbrook as a horse stud and prepared to commence key infrastructure projects under the company name Highbrook Development Ltd (HDL).

2004

Goodman Group bought into HDL, taking a 75 per cent stake, while the estate of Sir Woolf Fisher retained a 25 per cent interest. Motorway interchange and roading projects were approved and commenced.

2005

Highbrook's first facility - for global logistics company DHL - was constructed.

2006

Goodman Property Trust (GMT) bought a 75 per cent interest in certain completed and commenced development projects at Highbrook, and Highbrook Business Park Ltd (HPBL) was formed.

2007

The new Highbrook motorway interchange opened and GMT bought a 50 per cent stake in HDL from Goodman Group.

2009

More than 225,000 sqm of new developments had been completed at Highbrook at the end of 2009. With the CourierPost facility and the Ford building achieving Green Star certification for environmentally sustainable design.

2011

Highbrook Business Park received the prestigious Supreme Award from the Property Council of New Zealand, recognising excellence in Urban Land Development.

The next phase in the development of Highbrook Business Park began, with the construction of The Crossing, a mixed-use development that will provide a commercial focal point for the estate.

2012 and beyond

Realisation of the vision for a world-class business park at Highbrook.