Horse Sale Yard (Former)

35 Maclaggan Street, Dunedin

  • Horse Sale Yard (Former).
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Derek Smith. Date: 10/06/2002.
  • Horse Sale Yard (Former).
    Copyright: NZ Historic Places Trust. Taken By: Derek Smith. Date: 10/06/2002.
  • Horse Sale Yard (Former). Image courtesy of
    Copyright: Derek Smith (Travelling Light). Taken By: Derek Smith (Travelling Light). Date: 9/06/2004.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 1 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 4764 Date Entered 2nd July 1987


City/District Council

Dunedin City


Otago Region

Legal description

Pt Lot 1 DP 1992 Lots 1 & 3 DP 7721 Pt Sec 73 Blk VII Town of Dunedin

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Historical Significance or Value

This building was opened in 1889 as a Horse Bazaar by Wright Stephenson & Co. It was the principal sales venue for all classes of horses in New Zealand. It is the only sale yard building known to exist in New Zealand, and is therefore unique. Most horse sales were held out of doors. Horses played a major role in the development of the country and this building is the most tangible link with this important aspect of our agricultural history. The building id also significant for its long associated with the successful agricultural company, Wright Stephenson & Co, now part of the Fletcher Challenge Group.


An impressive Victorian industrial building located in the Dunedin central city. With its distinctive round-arched stone-dressed portals and prominent segmental pediment, the building possesses considerable aesthetic appeal. Inside, the light steel trusses made of rods support a wide span. This system of roof support is advanced for the time and of technological interest. The building contains some very fine stonework.


The building is flanked by a car park on one side, and more recent two-storeyed commercial building on the other. A rare industrial building in the central city, the horse sale yard is a particularly attractive element in the townscape.


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Physical Description


A brick façade with three arched portals. The central section is slightly projected and has a segmental pediment. There is a glazed lantern in the roof allowing light into the interior.


Two of the three arched portals were glazed in when the building was used by Wrightson NMA for the sale of farm merchandise and appliances. Otherwise, the building is in original condition.

Notable Features

Good quality stonework. Interior roof trusses and glazed lantern.

Construction Dates

Original Construction
1889 -

Construction Details

The side wall facing the car park is brick, the other side wall and back are bluestone. The façade is brick with bluestone facings. The roof is iron and the trusses supporting it are steel. The floor is concrete.

Other Information

This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1980. This report includes the text from the original Building Classification Committee report considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

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.