PLACES TO VISIT
Not only discover but touch, experience and hear the history by visiting these heritage properties. Most require bookings so please contact owners in advance.
Cotons Cottage & Museum
Cotons Cottage & Hororata Museum
Cotons Cottage was built from rammed clay by Bentley Coton in 1864. It was rebuilt in 1977-78 by local volunteer labour after it fell into disrepair. Cotons Cottage has been an important part of the Hororata community for 150 years and is a category two heritage building. Badly damaged in 2010 by the Canterbury Earthquakes it was rebuilt by Heritage NZ and is furnished with period furniture.
Hororata Historical Society maintains the historic Cotons’ Cottage and the Hororata Museum, which contain a wide range of artefacts, archives and photographs relating to the history of our district. Set on a beautiful rural site with plenty of parking, the cottage and museum are a great destination for those exploring the countryside, and for anyone interested in New Zealand history.
Hororata Museum and Coton’s Cottage are CLOSED for the season. For more information click here
The Glentunnel Museum contains an extensive collection of items depicting the history of the South Malvern area (Whitecliffs, Coalgate & Glentunnel) and Lake Coleridge Districts. On display are photographs of early Glentunnel, items produced at the Homebush Brickworks & Pottery, household goods, coal mining equipment and an extensive library of books and literature written by locals about life in this area including the history of local servicemen of WW1.
The Museum is open Sundays 1pm-4pm during daylight saving and or by appointment.
3 Philip St Glentunnel, New Zealand
Donation entry fee
Contact : email@example.com or phone 03 3182377
St Johns church
St Jonhs Church
The first St Johns was built in 1875, a small wooden church which was on the site of the stone church. When Sir John Hall died in 1907, he left money for a more substantial church to be built in memory of his wife, Rose, Lady Hall. The St Johns Stone Church is a category two listed Heritage building however it was significantly damaged in the 2010 earthquakes. There is much local history in these two buildings and also the graveyard. Visitors are welcomed with a local speaker to tell stories to pre-booked groups.
Gunyah Country Estate
Gunyah Country Estate
The name ‘Gunyah’, Aborigine for little hut or shelter, belies the grandeur of this property. Built in 1912 for the son of former Prime Minister, Sir John Hall, the building’s exceptional calibre is endorsed by its Heritage listing. It is also recognized by the National Business Review as one of the country’s top one hundred houses for its historical significance and Arts and Crafts Movement architecture. The Gunyah Homestead offers exclusive accommodation and dining, self-catering units, weddings, and garden tours (by appointment).