Thistle Inn

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Thistle Inn
Courts of Justice, Wellington ca 1843.png
A painting of the Thistle Inn and the Courthouse on lower Mulgrave Street, close to the water's edge. There is a horseman, with lawyers and other people outside the courthouse. A European home with two chimneys is below the road on the left (ca 1843)
General information
Architectural style Edwardian
Location Mulgrave Street, Wellington, New Zealand
Coordinates Coordinates: 41°16′40″S 174°46′47″E / 41.2777°S 174.7796°E / -41.2777; 174.7796
Completed 1840, rebuilt 1866
Designated 27-Jul-1988
Reference no. 1439
The Thistle Inn in 2005

The Thistle Inn is one of New Zealand's oldest public houses.

Originally built in 1840, the Thistle Inn was rebuilt after a fire in 1866. Up until the reclamation of Wellington Harbour the building was only a few metres from the shoreline and patrons often arrived by boat, including, according to legend, the Ngati Toa warrior chief Te Rauparaha.

The Thistle Inn was featured in Leves Amores, a short story by Katherine Mansfield, written in 1907.

The building, is classified as a "Category I" ("places of 'special or outstanding historical or cultural heritage significance or value") historic place by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust.[1]


  1. ^ "Thistle Inn". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 2009-12-21.