St John Ambulance National Offices

47-49 Pitt Street, Auckland

  • St John Ambulance National Offices, Pitt Street, Auckland. 2008 Image courtesy of
    Copyright: Public Domain - Wikimedia Commons. Taken By: Ingolfson.
  • St John Ambulance National Offices, Pitt Street, Auckland. This image shows the (Former) Auckland Central Fire Station which formed part of the complex attached to the St John Ambulance National Offices. Image courtesy of
    Copyright: Taken By: Lachezar Karadjov. Date: 30/10/2012.
  • St John Ambulance National Offices, Pitt Street, Auckland. Ambulance vehicles outside the Central Ambulance Station, Pitt Street, Auckland. Ref: WA-38970-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. /records/23529743.
    Copyright: Unknown. Taken By: Whites Aviation. Date: 28/08/1955.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 117 Date Entered 2nd April 1985


City/District Council

Auckland Council (Auckland City Council)


Auckland Council

Legal description

Lots 3-5,8-10 DP 2587 & Pt Lot11 of Sec 145 City of Auckland


This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. The following text is the original citation considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

St John Ambulance National Office, Auckland

Built in stages from 1912 the building was used for much of its life as the Central Fire Station. Constructed of contrasting red and cream brick, the detailing is particularly fine.

This large structure has an attractive tower with a copper dome. A large arched entrance opens to a courtyard which was partly bounded by housing and the fire engines' horses.

This impressive building adorned by ornate rain water heads is sited prominently on Beresford Street. A fine legacy from the end of the era of horse drawn transport, the building is still functional in its role for the St John Ambulance.


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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1912 -

Other Information

At the time of registration in 1985, this building was used as the St John Ambulance National Head Office. It served in this role between 1945 and 1995.

Please note that entry on the New Zealand Heritage List/Rarangi Korero identifies only the heritage values of the property concerned, and should not be construed as advice on the state of the property, or as a comment of its soundness or safety, including in regard to earthquake risk, safety in the event of fire, or insanitary conditions.