Quaint survivor of earthquake and wild fires
The Christchurch Port Hills fires, fiercely burning for several days from late afternoon on February 13, 2017 wiped out the best part of 2000 ha of scrub and forest. They jumped roads and threatened hill-side suburbia. It was a relief to discover the fire little more than licked a much enjoyed historic building, the Sign of the Kiwi sitting on the crest of Dyers Pass Road.
Designed by pioneer architect, Samuel Hurst Seager and built by eccentric (slightly) conservationist Harry Ell in 1916 and 1917 it became one of Ell's distinctive Port Hills' road houses.
Jog on, jog on, the footpath way, And merrily hent the stile-a;
A merry heart goes all the day, Your sad tires in a mile-a.