The Old Oak Restored


We loved sitting on the porch listening to the birds in the garden. Also appreciated your help on places to see and New Zealand customs. I know your hotel will be a great success!
Clyde & Gretchen Makinson - Richland, Washington USA

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News & Announcements

M2Woman Magazine Article "Heart of Oak" August/September 2011

Another glowing article on the Old Oak and our charming town..


Cusine Magazine Article "Northland Lights" May 2011

We are very happy to be featured in the article "Northl..


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The Restoration

In April 2009 construction began on the restoration and remodel of The Old Oak.  The first and major responsibility was the re-piling.  The building was tilting, as you can see in the first photograph.  Smart engineering of the process was essential so as to avoid any damage to the building.  Wayne Brown and his builders from Waahi Paraone guided the work through four weeks of particularly cold weather.  Once level, the work began on the interior where all new units in the back section of the building were constructed and in the front section, rooms were remodelled.  We added new plumbing, electrical, and insulation throughout.  By September, we were ready for painting and in late November the construction was complete.  It was a monumental project! We hope our efforts have ensured the preservation of this beautiful building for another 100 years.

The Old Oak before restorationWhen the floor boards were removed, we discovered the original pilings - totara stumps and piles of rocks!Rock & timber footing
We saved the old totara footings to be used in our Totara Totem for the gardenThe Totara TotemsWhile the floor boards were removed, an archaeological survey was conducted by the NZ Historic Places Trust.  Here's an old chamber pot we found.
Stuart Park, Northland Manager of NZ Historic Places TrustBack corridorOnce the building was braced, it was raised on jacks for re-piling.  Here's Bruce Henderson checking the building level.
New footingsNew footingsThe crew at 3:00 on a Friday afternoon