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James Bolton-Riley

Rural Sales
027 739 1011

Tairāwhiti Real Estate Limited | Licensed REAA 2008

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James Bolton-Riley is passionate about people, and their property, and after forging a hugely successful career in the Gisborne rural real estate sector he is delighted to be bringing the highly successful NZR Real Estate brand to Tairāwhiti Gisborne.

With established NZR offices already based throughout New Zealand's heartland rural communities servicing the Taranaki, Waikato, Rangitikei, Ruapehu, Whanganui, Manawatu, Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay, and now expanding into the East Coast /Gisborne region,  NZR is strategically placed and extremely well connected with business networks and other rural professionals across New Zealand to reach a highly engaged targeted audience.

Locally owned and operated our team is made up of award-winning agents and support staff including NZR founder Jamie Proude  who share James passion for people, property and supporting our local communities.

With an enviable track record James results speak for themselves, having sold in excess of $120 million dollars’ worth of property and closed some of the region’s largest recent farm, horticulture, forestry and lifestyle property deals throughout the district. Named a ‘Top 5% performer’ and ‘National Rookie of the year in 2018’ he has a proven ability to manage sales with integrity, at any scale. He understands that your property equals your decision and he will support you throughout the process, not pressure you.

He is an expert problem solver with a strong belief in accurate and timely communication which may be attributed to his 14-year career as a helicopter pilot where he worked on a range of international projects, primarily for government clients.

James is also a staunch advocate for all that the beautiful East Coast region has to offer, and feels very privileged to work closely with the local rural communities within the District. With a young family, James and his wife Pepi are actively involved in their community. When not immersing himself in the sales process, James loves nothing more than spending time with his family enjoying the various recreational opportunities that we are lucky enough to have at our doorstep.

In summer you will also find him coaching his two young Nippers at Midway Surf Life Saving Club and in winter coaching his daughters' soccer team, a sport where he does have limited experience!

James utilises the latest tools and technology in order to provide a first-class service to his clients. He employs some of the region’s best photographers, operates his own drone and has also invested in a Honda Pioneer 1000, a 5 seat off-road vehicle, ensuring that properties can be accessed efficiently and safely.

James is also supported by an admin team, who assist himl in managing marketing and documentation. James is also backed by NZR’s experienced team throughout the North Island.

You will be hard-pressed to find a better agent, who prides himself on going above and beyond to ensure your best interests underpin everything he does.

Give James a call to discuss your real estate requirements on 027 739 1011

• Bayleys Top 5% Agent 2019/2020
• Bayleys Top Rural Agent in Gisborne 2019/2020
• Bayleys Gisborne Marketing Excellence 2019/2020
• Bayleys National Rookie of the Year 2018/19
• Bayleys Country Rookie of the Year 2018/19
• Top overall salesperson Bayleys Gisborne 2018/19




I Diack

"I couldn’t fault NZR with the whole sales process, it was bloody top notch! Their communication was great the whole way through and I always knew exactly what was going on.  They were open and honest and didn’t hide anything.  Their marketing attracted numerous buyers both locally and nationally, proving they can absolutely foot it with the big boys. Their hard work and negotiation skills got us the results we were after.  It was a great experience all round, excellent result and I would highly recommend them to anyone.”




N & M Wilcox.

"James successfully sold our property recently. We found James and Jamie to be very professional and easy to work with. James saw the potential issues and dealt with them in quiet, professional and succinct manner without rattling any ones  cages. We would recommend their services to any potential clients and would indeed be very happy to work with the NZR team on any further transactions. They have also supported us in other potential property purchases regardless as to who has the listing."




T & M Moloney

"Excellent, proficient and took the hassles away.

James' super organisational skills made him efficient and effective. He was easy to deal with and we always knew where we stood. Open communication made things simple and easy,  and James really took the hassle out of what can be a stressful time. Would highly recommend -  and what a great outcome!"




Bishop & S Marsh |  Gumtree Cottage

"Energy, positivity, clarity, integrity.

NZR has unbridled energy and enthusiasm. They never stopped working for us and got outstanding results. We were given clear processes right from the start and communication was A+++ along with fabulous marketing reports. An absolute pleasure to work with always. We would highly recommend NZR. They have strong integrity, honesty, and positivity. Would buy/sell any time with Bolts and NZR.”




R & K White

"We employed NZR Gisborne to market and sell our Sheep/Beef Farm. It was all new territory for us, but they guided us through the process. The service was both personable and businesslike, making themselves available at all times. Throughout suggestions/options were offered, but the final decisions were always ours. Whilst a recent realty firm, we were confident their knowledge of marketing and social media outlets would provide us with a solid bench of buyers - which proved to be the case. We are happy clients of NZR Gisborne and recommend their service.”




R Karaitiana

"I was really pleased with the process used by James to sell our beautiful family home. A marketing campaign that circulated widely within New Zealand and around the world. The number of people inspecting the home by both appointment and open homes was simply impressive. Handled the buyer’s enquiries with professionalism and tact. In summary of all the houses sold in my working lifetime, this process has been the most thorough and well thought out. Congratulations on getting the results you achieved. It was a pleasure to work with such honest, hardworking, and capable agents.




S Gavin | ABC Design Limited

"Thank you to James and NZR for making the process of selling our relocatable house so easy. I appreciated their clear communication, informed advice, and detailed feedback. I would highly recommend them.”




S Hyland

"I recently sold my farm through NZR Gisborne and found James Bolton-Riley very pleasant capable agents explaining all the necessary procedures clearly to me and helped me where necessary. They worked hard to achieve a very good result. I have no hesitation in recommending them as very good agents.”




T Richards

"Smooth and totally to plan! James & NZR  were extremely professional and helpful; however, I think the most important thing for me was that they listened to what I wanted. I didn’t want to sell by auction, so we went with tender, I felt totally supported throughout the process. I would totally recommend them to anyone thinking of selling their house, they certainly made it possible for me in a kind, friendly and attentive manner.”




G & L Hill

"Really happy with the service that we received from NZR in both selling and purchasing. Due to James involvement, we achieved a much higher sale price than expected for our existing home which enabled us to put a strong tender in and secure our new home. Will definitely use in the future and would recommend NZR as an excellent real estate company.”





A & W McEwan

"James & NZR were amazing to deal with throughout the whole process of selling our property. They were in regular contact until the property sold and even afterwards followed up with calls and visits to make sure it was all going to plan. Their professional advice was great and really helped us. The end result was more than we hoped for, and it all came down to James and NZR putting in the time and effort. We highly recommend them to anyone buying or selling!”




J Alder & L Proctor

"James & NZR were an absolute pleasure to work with. They presented a smart well thought out game plan, and then got the job done with minimal fuss. Their regular reporting was clear and useful, so we always knew what was happening. These guys are personable and know what they are doing when it comes to selling property"

Current Listings

Current Listings

Sold Properties

1284 Kanakanaia Road Whatatutu

6911 Matawai Road Matawai

219 Ormond Road Mangapapa

10 Dillon Bell Road Whataupoko

109 Darwin Road Outer Kaiti

- Glentui Station, 229 Rangikohua Road Tolaga Bay

663B Nelson Road Makauri

406a Ormond Road Lytton West

223 Taurau Valley Road Manutuke

Turiwai, Pitcher Road Te Karaka

213 Russell Street Whataupoko

853 Ngakoroa Road Ormond

629 Pehiri Road Waerengaokuri

155 Gaddums Hill Road Outer Kaiti

1118 Wharerata Road Muriwai

147 Wairere Road Wainui

Willows Road Matawhero

3 Granny Tarr Street Makaraka

58 Dryden Street Whataupoko

921 Ngakoroa Road Ormond