Star and Garter Stables, Oamaru

Grant Type: 
Upgrade Works Grant
Date funded: 
May 2020

Perhaps Oamaru’s earliest surviving building, this stone outbuilding is sited behind the former Star and Garter Hotel. It is known as the ‘Men’s Hotel’ or the ‘Bullock Drivers’ House’ and provided stabling and perhaps a place to stay for bullockys and wagoners in the early 1860s. It was later converted to a private residence and has also served as a bakehouse, and an electrical workshop and store.

A recent detailed seismic assessment identified the critical structural weaknesses as the out of plane capacity of stone walls, and lack of diaphragm action restraining the upper floor and roof.

The Heritage EQUIP upgrade works grant will go towards the installation of plywood first floor and roof diaphragms, and steel frames on concrete foundations that tie the roof structure and walls. The building will be converted fto residential use at the same time.

The stables are listed by Heritage New Zealand as a Category 2 historic place.

Heritage New Zealand entry - Heritage New Zealand website