1869 Hurunui Hotel solid and for sale

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The Hurunui Hotel holds a New Zealand liquor license for the longest term of any Kiwi hotel.

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The Hurunui Hotel holds a New Zealand liquor license for the longest term of any Kiwi hotel.

Repaired after the blows of the Kaikōura earthquake in 2016, the 150-year-old Hurunui Hotel is once again for sale.

The sale covers 1,130 hectares of land, the main hotel, the cottages and 10 motorhome pitches.

Before the great earthquake, it was identified by the Hurunui District Council as not meeting its earthquake-resistant building standards. But damage from the 7.8 magnitude earthquake earned it a “red sticker.” It remained closed until the end of 2018 and was sold in November of the same year.

Nola and Roger Strong owned the hotel and, using traditional techniques, structural engineer Win Clark and the owners carried out repairs to the damaged building.

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The Heritage Earthquake Upgrade Incentive Program provided $ 132,503 for the work.

At that time, the cost of the work was estimated at $ 3 million. Grants were received for some construction costs and a compensation insurance claim was received for some costs.

The building has Category 1 Historic Site status and is considered the oldest establishment in New Zealand to hold a continuing liquor license.

Hotel Hurunui before the 2016 earthquake and subsequent strengthening and renovations.

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Hotel Hurunui before the 2016 earthquake and subsequent strengthening and renovations.

In 1860, John Hastie established a hotel in an area where all sheep entering Canterbury were to be soaked to prevent the spread of scabies. The two-story hotel was built by Hastie’s widow in 1869.

It is made of hand-cut limestone blocks covered with tufts, clay and lime.

Current owners Adam Martin and Betti Hoellery purchased the reinforced building almost three years ago. The hired real estate agent said the couple made further renovations to the reception center and main building.

The Hurunui District Council has the 2020-2021 assessed value of the property, including improvements, at $ 770,000. The property and business are for sale by Harcourts Real Estate prior to the sale deadline, which will end on November 16.


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