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Wellington and the Wairarapa Sights

The Colonial Cottage Museum

  • 68 Nairn St. Map It
  • Wellington

Updated 02/18/2014

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Built in 1858 as a family home by immigrant carpenter William Wallis, this cottage is Wellington's oldest remaining building. With its steep shingled roof and matchboard ceilings, kauri wood paneling and somber Victorian wallpapers, the house has been kept almost completely in its original state. The spinning wheel, smoke-blackened cooking pot, hand-pegged rugs, and oil lamps re-create the feeling of those pioneer days. Outside, there's a handmade butter churn, and a garden of flowers and herbs blooms in a riot of color and perfume in summer.

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68 Nairn St., Wellington, 6021, New Zealand

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Sight Details:

  • NZ$8
  • Jan.–Mar. daily; winter Sat and Sun. Tours 12, 1, 2 and 3pm

Updated 02/18/2014


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