Landing Services Building
Timaru District Heritage
Old and famous
Timaru’s Landing Services Building dates back to the 1870s and is one of Timaru’s oldest buildings with a grade 1 heritage listing. It features in Gavin McLean’s 2002 book, 100 Historic Places in New Zealand.
Made from local bluestone
The Landing Service Building, used as a warehouse for more than 100 years, is one of several buildings still remaining in Timaru made from local bluestone (a basalt volcanic rock).
Reflects the lives of early European settlers
Back in the 1870s, the Landing Service Building was used to land (or bring ashore) goods and services moored in Timaru harbour on boats. This was big business for Timaru back in the day.
Saved from demolition in the 1980s
In the 1980s the building was going to be demolished until the Timaru Civic Trust formed in 1987 to save it – buying the building from the council for just a dollar.
Today it's a must visit area for great food, information and art
Today the Landing Services Building houses Timaru’s visitor information centre, Te Ana Māori Rock Art Centre, The Speights Ale House, The Street Food Kitchen and conference facilities - and welcomes visitors from around New Zealand and the world. Also in the area is an amazing mural by NZ graffiti artist Flox.