Chez La Mer

50 Rue Lavaud, Akaroa

  • Chez La Mer.
    Copyright: Roy & Sarah Borrelli.
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    Copyright: Roy & Sarah Borrelli.
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    Copyright: Roy & Sarah Borrelli.

List Entry Information

List Entry Status Listed List Entry Type Historic Place Category 2 Public Access Private/No Public Access
List Number 7155 Date Entered 24th February 1994


City/District Council

Christchurch City


Canterbury Region


This historic place was registered under the Historic Places Act 1993. This report includes text from the original Proposal for Classification considered by the NZHPT Board at the time of registration.

Chez La Mer, originally known as the Madeira Hotel, was built for Antonio Rodrigues in 1871, who ran the hotel until his death in 1905. The designer is not known. Chez La Mer is an example of a mid Victorian hotel building, being of two storeyed timber construction, with a T shape plan with hipped and gables portions with minimal decorative detailing. The wattle and daub infill is an interesting feature of the building.

Its situation on Akaroa's main thoroughfare makes an important contribution to the streetscape, having had a long association with the hospitality industry and Akaroa as a tourist destination.


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Construction Dates

Original Construction
1871 -

Other Information

A copy of the original report is available from the NZHPT Southern region office

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.