Company history and profile

Mark & Julian
Mark Harris and Julian Brown

New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty
was founded in 2005 by Mark Harris and Julian Brown. Still privately owned, run and operated, the company holds the exclusive rights to the Sotheby’s International Realty brand in New Zealand.

Having established the first office in Queenstown in 2005, the company now has 18 offices nationally and is continuing its expansion into key locations across New Zealand.

Sotheby’s International Realty is recognised as the world’s largest and most prestigious luxury real estate brand and has the ability to expose property locally, nationally and globally like no other company in New Zealand.

Our emphasis and attention to detail in marketing lifts the profile of our properties beyond the competition and exposes them to a larger audience of buyers resulting in sales records throughout each of our offices.

Our desire is to create premium results for our vendors via the world’s very best real estate marketing, distribution and exposure.

Mark Harris

Managing Director AREINZ, AFA, BA Eco

Mark moved to New Zealand from Sydney in 2002 and is co-founder and Managing Director of NZSIR. Mark has 15 years of premium property experience having set New Zealand residential sales records and regional Queenstown residential house, apartment and Luxury Lodge records.

Mark has a reputation for a discreet, sincere and professional business approach with a dedication to achieving premium results for his clients. With a corporate background in Sydney, Mark has a great understanding of the differing needs and rules and regulations of international purchasers looking to invest in New Zealand. He also developed ‘The Lordens’, one of Queenstown’s most successful boutique apartment complexes.

Having previously been a professional sailor on the international 18 Foot Skiff circuit and married to New Zealand Olympic Ski Racer, Erika Harris, Mark has a love of the outdoors and all that the Queenstown region has to offer.

With a growing business throughout New Zealand, Mark is dedicated to expanding the NZSIR culture to other high calibre performers nationally and continuing to make New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty New Zealand’s premier residential real estate company.

Julian Brown

Managing Director REINZ

Julian is co-founding Managing Director of New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty having secured the Sotheby’s International Realty master franchise for New Zealand in 2005.

During his 20 year real estate career Julian has been involved in the sales and marketing of multiple large scale projects throughout New Zealand including golf course developments, hotels, apartment complexes, and subdivisions. 

He has also been involved in many of New Zealand’s most significant residential sales including land, apartments, homes and country properties achieving record prices in some cases. 

A former National ski champion and full-time professional alpine ski racer on the Japan Pro Tour, his sports career has contributed to his understanding of the demands that the real estate industry brings. 

This combined with his experience within the real estate industry allows him to continue the growth and development of New Zealand Sotheby’s International Realty nationally. With offices across the country and a vast number of employees and sales associates, the company goes from strength to strength as New Zealand’s leading premier residential real estate brand.

Nigel Brown


Nigel has over 20 year’s experience in New Zealand Real Estate. He is a fully qualified licensee and has experienced all facets of the industry, including residential, commercial and rental property. Nigel has also been involved in several development projects, including successfully establishing and running an award winning hotel – Browns Boutique Hotel in Queenstown.   


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