Built by Hokitika Building Service Limited
Historical Hokitika treasure shines bright Hokitika | West Coast
Originally built in 1866, the Hokitika fire station boasts a proud past stretching back to the West Coast gold rush. After being burned down and rebuilt twice, it has now been lovingly restored as the Hokitika Fire Station Apartments. The beautiful brick building’s history remains strong with memorabilia scattered throughout the meticulously transformed boutique accommodation. Builder Rod Archer of Hokitika Building Service says it was vital to respect the local community’s strong ties to the historic building throughout planning, design and construction. “It was a massive project. We were determined to stay true to the brief, keeping the history of the building intact and maintaining the fire station theme. It was also important to ensure a very high quality of finish.” Converting 250m² over two levels into five 50m² luxury apartments was no easy task. Rod says the build was very labour intensive and required a lot of planning, particularly with regard to the second-storey access.
The build was very labour intensive and required a lot of planning, particularly with regard to the second-storey access.