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98 Pendarves Street 2017

New Plymouth Buildings



Cutfield Road 

Taranaki Street Names



Alpha Flourmill Stones

Heritage Sites and Features 

Ararata Hall - 1910

Taranaki Halls

N P Cenotaph

Taranaki War Memorials WWI and WWII


Rowe, Henry

Plymouth Company Settlers

Waitara Post Office

Waitara Buildings


Cutis' Building

Inglewood Buildings


 Ngaere Co-op Dairy Factory

Taranaki Dairy Factories



Whangamomona Road Tunnel #1 - Northern Portal

Taranaki Tunnels

1 Ngatoki Street 2017

Urenui Buildings

St John the Evangelist

Taranaki Churches


1671 South Road Open2View

Oakura Buildings


NZ Wars Memorial

War Memorials of the  Taranaki Wars

Te Henui, New Walkway bridges

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Wanaka Terrace.

Wanaka Terrace

Wanaka Terrace is a cul-de-sac in Bell Block, one road back from the beach front. It is named after a vessel which ran aground a few hundred metres from the street itself.

The S.S.Wanaka was built for the Union Steam Ship company in 1876 by Thos. Wingate & Co., Whiteinch, Scotland. The 493-ton steamship drew up alongside the recently built New Plymouth breakwater for the first time on 22 March 1884. It was the first of the company’s vessels to berth at the port and the event

Sir Victor Davies Memorial Lucy's Gully.

Sir Victor Davies Memorial Lucy's Gully

2020 View: By Hamish Crimp

This memorial to Sir Victor Caddy Davies (1887 - 1977) was erected amongst the redwood plantation of Lucy's Gully, within Egmont National Park, sometime following Sir Victor Davies death. It is presently unclear when, and by whom, the memorial was erected.

Sir Victor Caddy Davies was New Zealand's foremost nurseryman and authority on trees and shrubs of his era. By the 1970s, his Westown nursery business, Duncan and Davies, was the largest

P. S Carroll Seat.

P. S Carroll Seat

2020 View: By Hamish Crimp

Located beneath mature native trees at New Plymouth's scenic Huatoki Domain, this mortared split stone seat was constructed in 1932 and was donated by accountant Patrick Stephen Carroll Esq. It is presently unclear who constructed the seat. 

A central stone is engraved with the words "Donated by P. S. Carroll Esq 1932" - The stylised font makes it difficult to distinguish Carroll's name!

At the time of construction, Carroll

Central Hotel, Eltham.

Central Hotel, Eltham 

The Hawera & Normanby Star announced on 3 December 1915 that the old Central Hotel (corner High and Bridge Streets) had been demolished and had been replaced by a "fine building in concrete". 

The architect was Mr J.A. Duffill and the contractor was Mr J.W.Tong with the contract price expected to exceed £3,000. 

The licensee, Mr G.W.Tayler (see linked topic), was congratulated for his enterprise in providing such an up-to-date establishment. It was described as having, "26 bedrooms, three sitting rooms and two bathrooms and every modern

Coronation Hotel .

Coronation Hotel

The Coronation Hotel on the corner of Bridge and York Streets was built in 1902 for James Hawkins, previously the lessee of the Normanby Hotel.

An application for a licence was put to the Licensing Committee on 5 June 1902, while the hotel was still under construction. The contractor, Leslie Steel (New Plymouth) produced plans showing that the hotel would have 34 rooms, six of which were finished and 14 more were nearly complete. He indicated that the hotel should be ready by 25 June and the decision of


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