Reefton Station

Built 1892

 

Architecture

Reefton is very similar in design to a Vogel-period gable station. It is one room wide, timber-framed with a corrugated-iron roof, rusticated weatherboard cladding and a generous verandah, which continues the pitch of the roof. When it was reopened in 1907 after removal it had (north to south) parcels, clerks’ and stationmaster’s offices, a lobby, ladies’ waiting room and a store, with external doors to each. A staff room was later added to one [which?] end, which extends beyond the verandah.

 

History

Reefton was built by the Midland Railway Co., which was incorporated in England in 1886. Its purpose was to provide the link between the Railways lines at Brunner and Belgrove (Nelson). The section from Tawhai opened to the original site of Reefton station, later renamed Taipoiti, on the south bank of the river, in 1892.  The government operated the Midland Railway from 1895, with ownership being vested in 1900,  after the company had defaulted on payments to the Crown. In 1907 Railways moved the station to the north side of the river in anticipation of the line being opened to Reefton proper. Minor internal alterations were made, and it reopened on 12 May 1907. The first major addition to the building was a shelter brought from Inangahua (date unknown). A staff room was added in 1951,  followed by more minor alterations in 1953. In 1962 the Burkes Creek Coal Mine line closed and the traffic moved to Reefton yard, and in 1972 the stockyards were removed.  The station closed to passengers in 1967, and to less-than-wagonload freight in 1986.

 

Architectural Significance

Reefton is important for being the only surviving Midland Railway Co. station building. As with Wellington & Manawatu Railway buildings it does not depart much from the standard Vogel designs, but it is an early example in reasonably authentic condition.
 

Historical Significance

Reefton has great historic significance as the only surviving Midland Railway Co. station building, on its working site and close to its original location. The building is a direct link with the company, and it is one of Reefton’s most important heritage buildings.
 

Townscape / Landscape Value

The building is away from the town proper, but it is clearly visible from SH69.
 
Address
Hattie St, Reefton
7830
 
Land Owner
The Crown
 
Building Owner
KiwiRail
   
Territorial Authority
Buller
 
Type   Class 2/3 station
 
Line   Stillwater Ngakawau Line
 
RHTNZ   Category B
     
District Plan   No
 
Conservation Plan   No
 
Heritage Convenant   No
 
Designer   Unknown, for Midland Railway
 
Integrity   Good
 
Condition   Good
 
Landscape / Townscape Setting   Remote from the township, alongside the former freight yard, next to SH69