1224 Karaka Road, Hurunui
List Entry Information
List Entry Status
List Entry Type
Historic Place Category 1
Private/No Public Access
5th September 1985
Extent of List Entry
Extent of registration includes the land described as Lot 1 DP 43735 (CT CB25K/1016), Canterbury Land District, and the building known as Hurunui Hotel and the associated Stables (Former) thereon.
Lot 1 DP 43735 (CT CB25K/1016), Canterbury Land District
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.
Hurunui Hotel- Hawarden R D, North Canterbury
The Hurunui Hotel operates under one of the oldest licences granted in Canterbury. It was part of a chain of accommodation houses which served early travellers on the main route between Canterbury and Nelson or the West Coast. In 1860 John Hastie established his hotel in this busy area where all sheep entering Canterbury were required to be dipped to prevent the further spread of scab. He was obliged to provide assistance at the river ford as well as accommodation, refreshments and stabling.
The present hotel was built by Hastie's widow in 1869. A two storeyed building, its style and planning are typical of nineteenth century country hotels, but it is solidly constructed of locally quarried limestone. The main façade features carefully shaped and dressed stone blocks while the less important side and back walls are of rubble. The overall severity is enlivened by the simple timber detailing on the verandah.
The reputation for warm and generous hospitality which “Hastie's” acquired among the locals and travellers has continued to the present day. Since 1981 the hotel has been owned by a company formed by enthusiastic local people who embarked on a program of restoration. Their efforts have ensured the survival and continued use of this fine building as an important link with Canterbury's past.
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.