Matanaka Farm Buildings

Location, location, location! Perched above the ocean, New Zealand's oldest surviving farm buildings hug the edge of the land. Part of the first farm in Otago, then a remote and sparsely populated corner of the new colony of New Zealand.

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Built for well-known whaler and trader John Jones in the 1840s, these are New Zealand's oldest surviving farm buildings. They include a stable, storehouse, granary, schoolhouse, and a three-seater privy (no privacy!) The farm buildings are legacy from the days of transition from shore whaling to farming.

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Despite its exposed, but very beautiful location, the Matanaka Farm Buildings reflect the tough life faced by migrant families – difficult conditions and resourcefulness in dealing with such isolation.

Closed for lambing - 14 August - 1 October.

Normally: Viewing daily 8am-6pm. Access to the Matanaka buildings is through private property, please stay on the track and do not walk around other parts of the farm. No dogs (even on a leas

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Matanaka Farm Buildings, Private Road off Edinburgh Street, Waikouaiti, Dunedin - Coastal Otago, New Zealand.

Opening times

Business hours:
8am - 6 pm daily.
Months of operation:
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Oct, Nov, Dec

Facilities and Features

Proximity to town:
2km to Waikouaiti

Pricing and Conditions

Further pricing information:
Access to Matanaka is through private property so please remain on the track and do not walk around other parts of the farm. No dogs (even on a leash) are permitted on the property.

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