The Lyttelton Stables on Donald Street were completed in 1914 to provide stables for the Lyttelton Borough Council.

Former Lyttelton Borough Council Stables and SettingFormer Lyttelton Borough Council stables and setting, 4 Donald Street, Lyttelton

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Heritage status

District Plan: Highly significant.

Heritage New Zealand: None.

Conservation plan


Authenticity Medium.
Current status Closed, authorised engineer access only.
Repair status Awaiting repair.
Geographic level of significance Local Community.
Community Board Banks Peninsula.
Restrictions Refer to legislation and guiding documentation below.
Land title Lot 2 DP 307398, 28584, Fee Simple, 3359m2.
District plan zoning Open Space Community Zone and Commercial Banks Peninsula Zone.
Pre-earthquake use Commercial (various businesses).

One of the most historic sites in Lyttelton for its association with Reserve 34, local government in Lyttelton and the housing of horses for public works prior to vehicles.


The building has had initial stabilization works however further stabilization is being undertaken to make safe and weather proof. There are ongoing maintenance costs to monitor and undertake regular maintenance of building such as gutter cleans and painting.

Building is located in a slope instability management area.

Additional risks include increasing maintenance and security costs, loss of fabric due to deterioration and damage from access by youth and visiting sailors, loss of heritage skills as the rebuild declines.

Meets new building standard >67% No, earthquake prone.
Environment Canterbury hazardous activities and industries list information (HAIL) Not listed as a HAIL site as of November 2017.
Reports available

Geotechnical Report.

Estimated minimum cost to restore

$2,200,000 (This figure is not based on actual engineering costs but is indicative only from preliminary investigations).



District plan heritage status - highly significant

To be categorised as meeting the level of ‘Highly Significant’, the historic heritage shall: meet at least one of the heritage values in Appendix link)(external link) at a highly significant level; and be of high overall significance to the Christchurch District (and may also be of significance nationally or internationally), because it conveys important aspects of the Christchurch District’s cultural and historical themes and activities, and thereby makes a strong contribution to the Christchurch District’s sense of place and identity; and have a high degree of authenticity (based on physical and documentary evidence); and have a high degree of integrity (particularly whole or intact heritage fabric and heritage values).

Meets new building standard >67%

% NBS is essentially the assessed structural standard achieved in the building (taking into consideration all reasonably available information) compared with requirements for a new building and expressed as a percentage. There are several steps involved in determining %NBS, as outlined in the following sections.

A %NBS of less than 34 (the limit in the legislation is actually one third) means that the building is assessed as potentially earthquake prone in terms of the Building Act and a more detailed evaluation of it will typically be required.

A %NBS of 34 or greater means that the building is regarded as outside the requirements of the earthquake prone building provisions of the Building Act. No further action on this building will be required by law. However, if %NBS is less than 67 it will still be considered as representing an unacceptable risk and further work on it is recommended.

A %NBS of 67 or greater means that the building is not considered to be a significant earthquake risk.

Environment Canterbury hazardous activities and industries list information

Environment Canterbury manages information about land that is, or has been, associated with the use, storage or disposal of hazardous substances. This is called the Hazardous Activities and Industries List (HAIL). The HAIL has 53 different activities, and includes land uses such as fuel storage sites, orchards, timber treatment yards, landfills, sheep dips and any other activities where hazardous substances could cause land and water contamination. 

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