A historic Queenstown building remains in New Zealand ownership after an auction on Saturday. Photo by James Beech.
One of the oldest buildings in Queenstown has been sold at
auction for $1 million.
''The Stable'', at 17 Brisbane St, was fought over by three
bidders before an audience of 40 neighbours, friends of the
owners and interested buyers, including one from Australia,
They gathered on the grounds of the property, which
incorporates a 140-year-old stable.
Auctioneer Warwick Grimmer called ''sold'' on a bid from a
family from Wellington who plan to make the property their
Bed and breakfast operators Gordon and Isobel McIntyre have
owned and lived in The Stable since the 1980s. They intend to
move to Christchurch to be nearer family.
The stone and concrete category 2 historic place was built in
the 1870s and first used as a utility building, then a horse
The central part of the plaster and schist house was built by
the Government in the 1950s and was incorporated with the
stable by Queenstown architect Michael Wyatt in a major
renovation and extension in 1989-90.
New Zealand Sothebys International Realty agent Colleen
Murfin said yesterday there had been much interest in the
''The outcome was extremely pleasing and shows the respect
this very desirable street can command.''