Stables (Former)

28 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown

  • Stables (Former). Image courtesy of
    Copyright: Graeme Partridge. Taken By: Graeme Partridge – 68 Bones. Date: 22/01/2010.
  • Stables (Former), Arrowtown. 1992 Image included in Field Record Form Collection.
    Copyright: Heritage New Zealand. Taken By: John Moore.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 2118 Date Entered 24th November 1983


Extent of List Entry

Extent includes part of the land described as Lot 1 DP 12884 (CT 222970), Otago Land District, and the Stables (Former), thereon. Refer to the extent map tabled at the Heritage New Zealand Board meeting on 30 April 2015.

City/District Council

Queenstown-Lakes District


Otago Region

Legal description

Lot 1 DP 12884 (CT 222970), Otago Land District


Sitting beside the village green in Arrowtown, these stone stables, built in the 1870s, are a reminder of the significance of the care and accommodation of horses in nineteenth century New Zealand, and they have historic and architectural significance.

The stables are located on what were originally surveyed as Sections 12 and 13 Block VI in Arrowtown. The stables are located on the rear of Section 13. The Arrowtown rates books record that Henry Wilkinson had a hotel and stable on Section 13 in 1878, and in 1885, he had a shop and a stone stable. The Lake Wakatip Mail records that Wilkinson bought Savage’s Shamrock Hotel (with existing stabling). The paper records that Wilkinson added stabling. Wilkinson advertises ‘First Class Stabling’ where ‘Good Care of Horses may be Depended on’ shortly afterwards. Other histories have recorded that the stables were built for Bendix Hallenstein in 1873, but archaeologist Peter Petchey writes that it is possible that there is confusion with the other stables buildings that stood on the site. Petchey suggests, however, that the two stables buildings were probably contemporary and constructed within a few years of each other.

The history of the stables site shows changing use, with a series of small business operating at different times, as well as some domestic occupation. Petchey writes that this dual domestic/commercial use is ‘typical of nineteenth century Arrowtown.’ From 1890-1905 Richard Cambpell had a ‘stone stable and coach house’ on site. In the 1920s, Thomas McDonnell had sample rooms. Through the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s Ernest Thompson occupied the land, living on site, and running a billiard room and a hairdressers. In the 1960s, there were tea rooms on this section (probably at the Buckingham Street frontage). In the 1980s, a two storey building in ‘historic style’ was built next to the stables.

The former Stables is a stone building built into the bank below the lane behind Buckingham Street, Arrowtown’s main street. The building has a main stone gable and a lean-to opening onto the village green. The roofs of both the lean-to and the main gable are corrugated iron. Photographs from the 1980s show timber doors onto the green, and a single small four-light window under the eaves of the main gable.

In 2015, the former Stables are incorporated into the Stables Restaurant and Bar.


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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1871 -

Completion Date

10th March 2015

Report Written By

Heather Bauchop

Information Sources

Petchey (June 2005)

P.G. Petchey "Arrowtown Stables Buckingham Street, Arrowtown Archaeological Assessment" June 2005

Other Information

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.

A fully referenced upgrade report is available on request from Otago/Southland Area Office of Heritage New Zealand