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Building work for the Reefton Visitor and Service Centre confirmed

05 May 2023

Improvements to the layout and functionality of the Reefton Visitor and Service Centre can now be prepared for with the building consent application having been lodged. 

The former Reefton Service Centre moved onto the premises of the Reefton Visitor Centre last November to become the new Reefton Visitor and Service Centre. While this created a new ‘one-stop shop’ for residents and visitors alike, improvements to some of the internal spaces were still required.  

A building consent has been lodged for the upgrades to the centre. Improvements include the relocation of the NZ Post mailboxes into the centre, moving the full Inangahua County library stock into the former BNZ space, alterations to the accessible toilet facilities and changing some of the emergency exits and lighting to ensure the building meets all compliance standards. 

The new car park around the building's rear is almost complete and automatic doors will be installed for accessibility. 

Team leader customer service Shelley Jope says permanent staffing numbers have increased to five to allow good coverage when staff is on leave and to consider extending services to the weekend in the future. 

“From late March 2023, we re-established weekend openings. The Reefton Visitor and Service Centre is open on Saturdays from 10am – 2pm. We will review any extensions to this as demand and staff availability increases. 

“While the Inangahua County library is currently operating with fewer shelves, all books are still available to all borrowers with library staff collecting selected items from the ‘old’ building for patrons daily. We have just launched a new website which is doing a great job and showcasing, services, events and programming for our libraries. Books can be put on hold/reserve using either the catalogue, website, Buller District Libraries App, email, phone or in person.” 

During the construction the Reefton Visitor and Service Centre will remain open. Interruptions will be kept as minimal as possible.  


All previous services are available at the Reefton Visitor and Service Centre. This includes BDC services, Visitor Centre, the Inangahua County Library, NZ Post, and Waka Kotahi/NZTA. 

Visitors still access visitor information, make bookings, and obtain advice for their stay in Reefton at the Reefton Visitor and Service Centre. 

The amalgamation of the two service centers was consulted on as part of council’s Draft 2021 – 2031 Long Term Plan to create a “one stop shop” for the Reefton community. 


For more information contact: 
Team Leader Customer Service 
Shelley Jope