The Thistle Inn of Thorndon, Wellington, is a typical mid-19th century urban hotel. Built of timber, its modest architectural style and size was replicated throughout the country. Constructed in 1840, and largely rebuilt after a fire in 1866, the Thistle Inn catered for working men and sailors. Renowned Ngāti Toa chief Te Rauparaha is reputed to have visited it by waka in the 1840s, and writer Katherine Mansfield featured it in her 1907 story ‘Leves Amores’. The Thistle Inn still serves food and alcohol, though the bedrooms upstairs are now conference and office spaces.
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