Bruce's Hotel (Akaroa, N.Z.) Originally built in 1841, by Captain Bruce, a master mariner.
One of the premier hotels in Akaroa still bears his name today, and enjoys the distinction of being built on Section No. 1 Canterbury District. As his name betokens, Captain Bruce was a seafaring man, and came to New Zealand in the early forties. He enjoyed the distinction of being the first captain to take a vessel into Port Chalmers, The boat he owned was named the Magnet, and he brought her in 1842 to one of the whaling stations on the south side of the Peninsula, where he had the misfortune to have his boat wrecked in a small bay still called Magnet Bay after his ill-fated vessel.Captain Bruce set to work to mend his fortunes ashore, and started the Bruce Hotel.