Rai Valley Cottage

A pioneer cottage built in 1881 of pit-sawn totara slabs, the interior can be viewed through glass panels. Take a break from driving and explore the interior of the cottage from the outside.


This four-roomed cottage was built by the first European settler in the district, Charles Turner. Built of pit-sawn totara slabs cut on the site, many fixed with hand-forged iron nails, with a shingled roof and a fireplace of river stones. It has been furnished in pioneer style. The cottage is accessible at all times; the interior can be seen through glass viewing panels.
The exterior of the house maybe viewed from the entrance pathway only.

Physical address

Opouri Road, Rai Valley, New Zealand.

Pricing and Conditions

Opening times

Business hours:
Viewing through glass panels at any time during daylight hours.
Months of operation:
All months of the year

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