Canterbury Heritage Awards 2018 :
Heritage Tourism Award - Proudly sponsored by Continental Catering
Heritage Hotel, Old Government Building (OGB)
Entrant: Heritage Christchurch
This substantial Heritage NZ category 1 Hotel opened in 1913 and designed by J C Maddison was one of the few central city buildings to survive the Canterbury earthquakes largely intact. Its survival is a testament to the quality of the original design and construction and today its strengthening and restoration are a symbol of resurgence after the disasters. Its completion has been widely recognised in the media and in the tourism industry for not only the retention of the building but for the very high quality of the result. The awards jury can attest to this, using one of their luxury rooms for deliberations.
Designer Cottage B&B
Entrant: Chet Wah
The original cottage dates back to the 1900’s and it had been a private home, unique for its vintage charm. Now established as a restored heritage cottage that provides bed and breakfast it is widely acclaimed as a stunning example of the past where visitors get to experience a relaxed, laid back environment with a sense of culture and heritage. Numerous citations offer acclaim for what the owners of the cottage have achieved. The possibilities of a heritage community are exciting for the area and pleasingly this future will have the Designer Cottage Bed and Breakfast at its centre.
Sign of the Kiwi
Entrant: Christchurch City Council
Set at the top of a popular Port Hills cycling, walking and driving crossroads, the Sign of the Kiwi, part of an early 20th century group of road houses, was significantly damaged in the Canterbury earthquakes. Now fully strengthened and restored by the Christchurch City Council and its heritage consultants, this significant listed heritage building is once again open as a well visited café in this much visited tourist and leisure spot.
Hackthorne Gardens Luxury Accommodation
Entrant: Hackthorne Gardens Luxury Accommodation
Hackthorne Gardens is a large home designed in 1928 by well-regarded Canterbury architect W H Trengrove that has been converted for use for luxury accommodation and dining. The owners have strengthened and extensively refurbished the house so that its spirit has been restored and is now able to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. The quality of the project is testimony to the expertise of the builder, Gordon Macadam.