Historically Unique Hostels: TripInn Hostel

The TripInn Hostel was built as a single storey villa in the 1860’s. In 1877 Thomas Bailie purchased the property and moved his family from Victoria, Australia to Westport after setting up a succesful business trading in general merchandise and wines and spirits.

In addition his company was agent for British Insurance and customs collector on behalf of the British Govt. In 11 years Thomas fathered 6 children. Becoming increasingly wealthy he decided to add another story to the house in 1890.

Except for a small strip the property covered a complete town block and had at least 3 houses, stables, tennis court, swimming pool, croquet field and extensive gardens. The land was progressively sub divided and sold and now contains 7 houses, a small street and 8 empty building sections.

The main house remained with the Bailie family for 3 generations and was sold in 1960 to be used in the hospitality industry ever since.

Deferred maintainance was taken up by the present owners, is structurally sound again and being progressively restored inside.
It has a C classification with the NZ Historic Places Trust.

Historically Unique Hostels: Albatross Backpackers Inn

I visited this amazing hostel in 2009 with the intention of only staying 1 night.  i ended up there for almost a week!  It is one of those places where you make friends with everyone within minutes and share memories that last a lifetime.

The buildings were origionally used as the Kaikoura Post Office, Telephone Exchange & Postmaster

s Residence. Most recently they have been designated as Heritage Buildings, preserving the rich history of the Kaikoura town. In fact, the old post office safe still stands impressively in the reception!

Hostorically Unique Hostels: Old Firestation Backpackers

I spent almost 2 months at this awesome hostel with a chilled out vibe. The rooms are decent size, the staff are super cool, and there is a main area loaded with tons of stuff to do.

A beautifully restored heritage building situated in the heart of Fremantle. Origionally built in 1908 and opened in 1909 the Fremantle Fire Station was designed to house four, horse drawn, vehicles including the district ambulance which was also operated by the firemen. It boasted twenty-two alarms linked directly to the major buildings in town. There were also fifteen direct telephone lines and ten house emergency call bells connected to the firemen’s homes. Internally little of the fabric has been changed. The ground floor ceiling is high, to accommodate the fire trucks and this necessitated a steep staircase to the upper floor. The ground floor walls are tiled to the dado. A fireman’s pole links the first floor with the ground floor.

During World War Two, the building was cleared of firemen and the US Marines took over the building for living quarters. The communications centre remained at the station manned by five local women, but the tenders were housed in the woolsheds alongside the wharves as a security measure. The most significant fire the brigade attended was in 1944, when there was a substantial fire on the wharf and the water, which was covered by oil slicks.

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