Accessibility Skip to Global Navigation Skip to Local Navigation Skip to Content Skip to Search Skip to Site Map Menu

Splashback to 90s Christchurch pub scene at University project site

Tuesday 5 April 2022 11:12am

yachtmainThe Pastime – Photo Credit: Tom Lee / Stuff

Memories of a quirky 1990s pub dining experience may float to mind for past patrons of popular Christchurch watering hole, the Pegasus Arms, this month.

The University’s Christchurch Campus Redevelopment Project Team expects to find and remove the covered-over remains of a quirky dining area from three decades ago as site clearance progresses.


Hungry patrons of the Pegasus Arms in the 1990s had the option of dining aboard a 13-tonne historic racing yacht called Pastime, floating in a pool specially made for her by then publican Arthur McKee.

Pastime ended up sinking to the bottom of her novel dining dock after a disgruntled customer broke into the pub in the middle of the night and drilled six holes in her starboard side.

Built by Lyttleton shipwright Malcolm Miller in 1886, Pastime’s other claims to fame include being the vessel of choice by famous New Zealand poet, publisher, and raconteur Denis Glover to have his ashes scattered at sea from.