2 Sep 2010

Hotel relocated after slowest pub crawl ever seen

10:31 am on 2 September 2010

Auckland's historic Birdcage Hotel has finished what some people are calling the slowest pub crawl they've ever seen.

Moving the 740-tonne two-storey building 40 metres was a logistical and engineering feat that took 48 hours to complete, but at the end of the day - at the end of two days, actually - the Birdcage reached its new resting place on Wednesday afternoon in one piece.

The Transport Agency says some of the hundreds of people who stopped to watch described it as the slowest pub crawl they had ever attended.

Originally built as the Rob Roy Hotel in 1886, the Birdcage will remain on temporary foundations for the next six months while the new Victoria Park tunnel is built.

It will then be moved back to its original position.