As a piece of architecture, “Warner’s” is an ornament to Cathedral Square, a handsome addition to the city, and one of the finest hotels in New Zealand …  One of these is the waiting room for gentlemen guests, and is furnished with roller desks each supplied with a movable electric light; and each guest has during his stay the control of the key of a desk. In the northern end of the buildings, and completely cut off from the private portions of the establishment, are the public and private bars, fitted with handsome cedar fittings and bevelled plate glass mirrors. …  At the back, and separated by a splendid system of lavatories, is the fine billiard room, fitted with two exhibition tables.

The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Canterbury Provincial District], NZETC

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We have digitised a rather splendid 1902 publication Tourists’ guide to Canterbury.

I will share some of the interesting ads and pictures from it in a series of posts - there’s lots of information about local businesses and places in 1902.