Company History



1969 Lodge opens first branch in Victoria Street - 2 partners, 1 support staff.

1969 First Fieldays takes place at the Te Rapa Race Course, now the largest agri-business exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere, which attracts over 130,000 visitors.
1970 Current Director David Couch joins Lodge as a salesperson.
1971 Moved to new premises - Knox Street.
1973 Re-locate to Ulster Street where they still are today.
1981 Management Plan establishing Hamilton Gardens passed by Council with the theme ‘The History, Context, and Meaning of Gardens’. The gardens now attract more than 1.3 million visitors a year and host over 2000 events.
Protestors invade Rugby Park forcing cancellation of the Springbok v All Blacks test.
1983 Lodge introduces Exclusive (Sole Agency) Marketing and Auction Marketing to Hamilton. Staff number - 17.
1984 Lodge City Rentals opened in Hamilton East to specialise in property management.
1987 Waikato Museum of Art and History opens.
Housing Corporation acquires land which will become the Flagstaff subdivision.
1988 Joins “United” franchise group.
1989 Hamilton East residential branch opened.
1990 Awarded Top United Realty Office for NZ - Held for next 6 years,
Hamilton population - 99,000
1992 Chartwell residential branch opened,
Staff number - 52.
1994 International services begin at Hamilton Airport.
1996 Hamilton's sixth major bridge at Pukete opens, connecting the rapidly expanding northern parts of the city.
1997 Leaves franchise group to be independent Lodge Real Estate Hamilton,
Hamilton population - 111,700.
1998 Dinsdale residential branch opened.
Founding member NZ Realtors Ltd, a collective of NZ's best independent agencies, formed for idea sharing and referral business.
2001 Forms Lodge Country Ltd to specialise in Farm and Lifestyle Sales.
Hamilton population - 120,900.
Forms Lodge Commercial Ltd to specialise in Commercial and Industrial Sales and Leasing. Staff number - 85.
Fonterra's Te Rapa processing plant built; responsible today for nearly 20% of dairy giant's powdered milk output.
2002 Waikato Stadium opens with a Super 12 rugby match between Waikato Chiefs and Canterbury Crusaders.
Inaugural rowing event, the Great Race, to be run annually.

Opens offices in Victoria Street for Lodge Country and Lodge Commercial teams.

Moves Chartwell Branch to larger Flagstaff Branch.

Lodge begins sponsorship of the Fine Homes Tour.

2005 Hamilton economy thrives with 10,693 businesses located within the city.
2006 Opens the second Property Management office in Victoria Street.
Hamilton population - 134,400.
2007 Opens Rototuna Branch.
REINZ Waikato / BOP / Gisborne District Awards - Six of ‘Top Ten Residential Salespeople’ from Lodge.
Two of ‘Top Three Property Managers’ from Lodge City Rentals.
One of ‘Top Three Lifestyle Salespeople’ from Lodge Country.
2008 Lonely Planet guide states that Hamilton city's main street has sprouted a sophisticated and vibrant stretch of bars and eateries that leaves Auckland's Viaduct Harbour for dead.
2008 V8 supercars come to New Zealand for the Hamilton 400 as part of the V8 supercar series.
2009 Purchases Hamilton Property Rentals.
Property Management collects $40 million per year in rents with 15 property managers.
Residential Market share exceeds 35% for calendar year.
Staff number - 120.
Hamilton population - 140,700.

Lodge receives top overall salesperson and 6 out of top 10 salespeople in BOP, Waikato, Gisborne region, plus 3 out of 3 property managers.

Lodge buys a stake in Cambridge Real Estate Ltd
Hamilton celebrates 150 year birthday
2017 The Fine Homes Tour of which Lodge is the major sponsor has a record breaking year, raising $118,571. This is donated to the Waikato Breast Cancer Research Trust, and Riding For The Disabled.