The Lauder Store was built in the early 1900’s and served the local district until 1995 when it closed. The Old Store has been renovated into a modern fully self contained two bedroom apartment. The plaster in areas of the store has been removed to expose the original 1900's sun-dried mud brick walls. You're looking at them right now as they are featured in the background of this page! Mud brick, made from mud and water, was used for building in Central Otago in the early 1900's because of the lack of timber in the area. Mud brick retains warmth in winter and has a cooling effect in summer. These beautiful and historic walls have now been sealed for protection.
The small exterior room to the side of the store was the local butcher shop, where the concrete butcher's bench can still be found. The most recent owners of the operational Lauder Store were the late Mr & Mrs Bill Harley. The Harley family kindly donated the original Lauder Store docket that you'll find framed in Reception.
The main house, including "The Snug" was built as an extension to the Old Store in 2007.
The lauder store
We purchased Lauder Store in 2016 from the local Harrex family who had completely restored and extended the store in 2008. We are Dunedin born and bred and have always been drawn to the stunning scenery, pleasant climate, and relaxed atmosphere of the Central Otago area. When we visited Lauder Store we knew this was the place for us and the change of pace and lifestyle is exactly what we were looking for.
We warmly welcome you to our accommodation at Lauder and we know your stay will be an enjoyable experience.
Pam & Bruce