Historic Places

New Zealand has a short but fascinating history and we are incredibly fortunate to have so many of our historic buildings preserved and available to visit. The New Zealand Historic Places Trust classifies buildings according to their historic value and works with their owners to maintain their integrity.

Northland

Mansion House, Kawau Island

Mansion House provides a fascinating glimpse into New Zealand's history The island was purchased by Governor Sir George Grey in 186 , it has been in public ownership since 1967 and was extensively restored to its former appearance in 1977-80.

Mission Station and Stone Store, Kerikeri

The Kerikeri Mission Station is home to New Zealand oldest standing European buildings: the Stone Store and Kerikeri Mission House (Kemp House). The Stone Store is of national and international significance as the oldest surviving commercial building in New Zealand

Pompallier Mission House, Russell

POMPALLIER HOUSE - is New Zealand's oldest surviving Roman Catholic building. It was buit in 1841-42,

The Kaipara North Head Lighthouse is one of only a small number of remaining timber lighthouses in New Zealand. Constructed in 1883-84

Te Waimate Mission House, built in 1832, is the second oldest standing building in New Zealand, and is the only survivor of three mission houses founded in 1830 on behalf of the Church Missionary Society

Auckland Region

Alberton

This romantic timber mansion began as a farmhouse in 1863 and was later expanded to 18 rooms, with fairy-tale decorative verandahs and towers.

Highwic

One of New Zealand's finest timber Gothic houses, Highwic was begun in 1862 by Alfred Buckland, one of Auckland's most substantial land owners.

Wellington

The Katherine Mansfield Birthplace is the childhood home of one of the world's best-known short story writers and New Zealand's most famous author.

Old St Paul's is one of New Zealand's most important historic places, and is a magnificent example of timber Gothic Revival architecture. The building was erected in 1866, the second Anglican church in Thorndon

Pencarrow Lighthouse

New Zealand's first permanent lighthouse,sits at the entrance to Wellington Harbour and celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2009.

Antrim House, is a prominent landmark in what was once a predominantly residential central city street. Its historic significance arises from its origins as the home of successful businessman and founder of R Hannah & Co Ltd, Robert Hannah, his wife Hannah and their family.

Nelson / Marlborough

Fyffe House remains Kaikoura's oldest building, and has strong connections to Māori and non-Māori.

The Rai Valley Cottage, in Marlborough, was built in 1881 of pit-sawn totara, by the first people to settle in the isolated, bush-clad Rai Valley.

Otago / Deep South

New Zealand’s farming community is indebted to Ernest Hayes, a farmer and flour miller who began producing and selling farm tools from his Oturehua property in Central Otago. As well as the internationally-acclaimed wire strainer, other Hayes inventions included pulley blocks and cattle stops – indispensable to farmers and still seen throughout New Zealand today

Totara Estate situated south of Oamaru is an historic farm that is highly significant as the birthplace of New Zealand's billion dollar frozen meat industry.

Dunedin Railway Station Marvel at the size, architecture and rich embellishments of - it's the grandest 'Gingerbread House' you'll ever see

Larnach Castle (also referred to as "Larnach's Castle"), is an imposing mansion on the ridge of the Otago Peninsula within the limits of the city of Dunedin.

Clyde Steeped in the culture and history of early New Zealand, the pretty town of Clyde was born when thousands of miners rushed to the area after discovery of gold in 1862. It is now one of the most in-tact towns from the early NZ Otago Gold Rush of the 1860s. With its beautifully preserved historic buildings in the Historic Precinct (including many NZHPT listed category 1 and 2 stone buildings), three museums with a very rich collection of original NZ settler items, glorious gardens, cafes and restaurants Clyde should not be missed.

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