Careys Bay Historic Hotel owner Joanna Kidston is putting
the hotel up for sale. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
The historic 139-year-old waterfront Careys Bay Hotel
near Port Chalmers is for sale for the second time since its
more than $1.5 million redevelopment six years ago.
Hotelier Joanna Kidston said she enjoyed her more than five
years running ''the pub'', saying the hotel had a loyal local
Having come into the hospitality industry from a background
in early childhood teaching, she joked she at least had
''some experience in crowd control''.
Aside from ''the very supportive locals'', the waterfront
hotel attracted an overall ''varied clientele'' with many
Dunedin people stopping in while taking friends on tours of
wider Dunedin. It was a popular attraction for cruise ship
visitors and also appealed to independent travellers as a
destination, she said.
Ms Kidston and her husband, originally a Port Chalmers
fisherman, intended to stay in the township. She had been
formulating some business ideas with a friend, but would
first ''take a break'' and looked forward to more time at
The property and business, which includes the main bar,
conservatory restaurant and three restored accommodation
rooms upstairs, goes on sale with Ray White Real Estate on
Auckland-based former owner of the National Business Review,
publisher Barry Colman, and his late wife, Cushla Martini,
bought the 1874 hotel in 2001 and extensively renovated the
bluestone building, at a cost of about $1.6 million. Ms
Martini (55) died of breast cancer in September 2005.
In March 2008, Mr Colman sold the hotel, for an unconfirmed
more than $1.2 million, for a time leaving his collection of
Ralph Hotere works at the hotel, including the artwork Vive
Aramoana that had sold for $230,000.
Ms Martini's other Port Chalmers projects, the Tall Poppy
restaurant and two 1890s townhouses, have been sold in recent