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6 incredible historic buildings for sale in New Zealand

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If you’re looking to invest in a bit of Kiwi history, check out these incredible heritage buildings currently for sale around New Zealand

1. The Post House Bed and Breakfast 

This historic building was the original post office of Patea, built in 1923. Currently, it serves as a Bed and Breakfast business and provides the only accommodation available in this small town. This beautiful structure sits atop 1200-square-metres offering a wealth of opportunities as a home or hospitality venture.

Patea is a small town in South Taranaki on the West coast. It has a strong community focus and enjoys many well-resources amenities such as a medical centre, swimming pool, and trust-owned rest home.

If you drive several kilometres east you will find Whenuakura, where New Zealand golfer Michael Campbell grew up – he learnt to play golf at Patea Golf Club.

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2. Old Dunsandel Church 

This is an opportunity to purchase an integral part of Dunsandels history. Opened in April 1912 , the Dunsandels Old Church on State Highway One took only a year to build at a total cost of $700. The church held its last service in September 1971. The redundant building then became a craft shop which ran for many years before the cost and maintenance became too great and they reluctantly decided to sell.

The classic gothic style church and accompanying steeple is the work of renowned Christchurch architects England Brothers. The interior boasts mainly original features with a stunning circular rose stained glass window. If you are a heritage lover wanting to purchase a unique buying opportunity, this may be just the place to make your mark on history.

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3. ‘The Factory’ Luxury Lodge 

Oozing old world charm, this building is a rare opportunity to purchase an immaculately kept slice of New Zealand pioneering history. Located only ten short minutes north of Kaikoura, you can fish, dive for crayfish, or pick for mussels from this stunning beachfront property. It offers luxury accommodation in a 107-year-old dairy factory with breath-taking views of Kaikoura mountains from one side, and the Pacific ocean from the other.

The owner’s wing offers two bedrooms, one huge open plan living and dining area which has been beautifully restored and kept. The polished concrete floors and modern appliances add a respectful modern twist and make this historic home extremely livable.

The property has revenue-making capabilities too. With a separate adjoining five star, three bedroom guest apartment. The open plan kitchen and dining opens up with beautiful french doors onto a private courtyard and spa pool – making this the ultimate country escape. The current owners already have many bookings – which gives the new owners immediate income in the coming months.

If you’re looking for a character filled hospitality venture then this place is for you. The owners are reluctantly selling following familial commitments that render a move imperative.

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4. Old Town Hall, Lawrence 

Nestled in the Clutha Valley of Central Otago, the small town of Lawrence is a charming tight-knit community. With approximately 500 inhabitants and just one hours drive from Dunedin, this is a well known serene gateway to all that Central Otago has to offer. The infamous old town hall was built during the gold rush boom in 1875. The original structure was two storeys, and one of the most striking stone buildings in Otago at the time. Now a quirkily-restored one storey, the peek of its grandeur is still easily envisaged.

The foundations are already in place to create a bustling business with copious history and character – with the addition of an elevated two bedroom cottage at the rear of the old town hall. Lawrence – famous for being the first site of New Zealand’s gold rush, is a historical town with lots of heritage, culture and arts to enjoy.

Be it an interesting destination, or a stop along the way – you can make your mark on this small charming town.

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5. Finish the creation, Kaitangata 

Set in the small Otago town Kaitangata, this historic gem is awaiting someone to finish its former owner’s dreams, which she is sadly unable to complete due to failing health. Kaitangata is near the coast of South Otago, on the left bank of the Clutha River and only ten kilometres from Balclutha. Early settlers were believed to have discovered the township around the 1850’s, contributing to its rich history and buildings such as this church.


This building offers a variety of opportunities as a home or a commercial venture. In addition to the church, there is also a three bedroom cottage and a laundry all on a generous quarter acre section.

This is a beautiful old church that needs dynamic owners to share the dream of its former-occupant and restore this property to its former glory.

6. There’s no place like Home Bay, Rakino Island 

Rakino Island offers a lifestyle that only a lucky few get to experience. Located on the beautiful Hauraki Gulf, only 35 minutes for Auckland CBD, this is a unique buying opportunity to purchase an integral piece of New Zealand history. The property dates back to 1862 when Governor Grey purchased the island and begun building the house at Home Bay – before Kawau Island took his eye. Later, Albert Sandford continued to develop the property and homestead using kauri logs from Mercury Bay.

Home Bay has since changed hands a number of times, and today the property offers three major dwellings. The original historic homestead exhibits intricate colonial detailing – including a large function room. In addition, there is a character-filled ‘school house’ and an iconic church which is believed to come from Coromandel. All of these charming buildings sit on 4.4 hectares of waterfront land.

If you’re looking for a spectacular property that offers ultimate privacy and waterfront living – then look no further. This iconic homestead has stood the test of time, and although there is undeniably some work to be done the rewards would make it more than worth it.

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Words by: Kate Milliken.

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